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A new impression of belief

A new impression of belief
National Museum opened a landmark exhibition The Body in Indian Art that explores the broad spectrum of representation and expression of the body in art - across religion, region and culture on 14 March.

The exhibition  was inaugurated by Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh. The eleven-week show,  has some of its exhibits that have never been published or displayed in public.

'The Body in Indian Art’ is an  extensive collaboration of museums and collectors across the country, showcasing belief systems in Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh traditions through a variety of artfacts such as sculptures, paintings, masks, jewellery, charms and amulets.

 Not following the chronological order while featuring themes such as birth, rebirth, death, heroism, asceticism and rapture unlike other museum classification, remains the speciality of the show.

National Museum Director-General Dr Venu V noted 'In our quest to bring in new audiences, this exhibition is a milestone, as it combines rigorous and exciting scholarship with modern and innovative design'.

Dr Ahuja, an associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, noted ahead of an hour-long media preview, 'How are our attitudes shaped by our history and destiny? Do human bodies exercise individual agency? These are some of the questions we seek to address'.

Talks and seminars on the subject in question, besides educational activities like puppet workshops and theatre, would be held on the sidelines of the event till its conclusion on 7 June. Don’t miss this!

WHEN: 14 March - 7 June
WHERE: National Museum
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