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A connoisseur's collection

A museum showcasing Rukmini Devi's unique collection of art and artefacts has come up inside the Kalakshetra campus. Some fascinating glimpses...


TWO BUILDINGS have come up inside the Kalakshetra campus. Together they make a museum, dedicated to Rukmini Devi's lifetime collection of art objects and saris, beautifully displayed by Delhi designer, Amrit Patel. What's more, the two buildings are only a precursor to four more annexes.


Long tables display a choice collection of brass and bronze objects - idols, paan daans, chunam boxes, puja vessels, nut crackers, plates and lamps. Lovely silver vessels attract the eye as also pieces of heavy jewellery such as chunky uncut diamond studded anklets, a waist belt, bangles, a rudrakshamala set in gold, pendants, fob watches and more...


As one enters the second room, one is greeted by a visual treat of aesthetically displayed silk saris that were woven at Kalakshetra and once worn by Rukmini Devi. China ware collected from all over the world, glass, marble, wood, stone, metal Buddha busts, rosewood figurines of the Virgin Mother, Oriental figures in semi precious stones, paintings of early Indian masters, old Tanjore and Mysore paintings — all point to the fine taste that Rukmini Devi had, as well as her extraordinary eye for beauty.

RUPA GOPAL

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