Two new galleries for Salar Jung museum

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Staff Reporter

Nizam jewellery expo to shift to National Museum, New Delhi

  • The famed Veiled Rebecca to be showcased in A/C gallery
  • Two new galleries to house European and Far East collections
  • Nizam Jewellery exhibition to conclude on October 31

    HYDERABAD: With the Nizam Jewellery exhibition set to shift to National Museum, New Delhi in November, the Salar Jung Museum authorities are busy giving a shape to two new galleries apart from providing finishing touches to an air-conditioned gallery for the Veiled Rebecca, one of the most sought after statues here.

    The Nizam Jewellery exhibition at Delhi is expected to be for two months and the objects will be airlifted with necessary security once the display in the city draws to an end in October.

    "The Union Government has agreed to provide us with the jewellery for exhibition and necessary arrangements are being made," said A.K.V.S. Reddy, National Museum Director General who was in the city on Friday.

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    Special initiatives were being planned to recreate the Hyderabadi ambience at the venue befitting the prized collection. "The National Museum has necessary security apparatus and we will review and augment it if needed," Dr. Reddy said. The jewellery exhibition at SJM, which started on December 31, 2005, has been extended and would continue till October 31. So far, 1.77 lakh visitors used the opportunity of taking a closer look at the rich collection that include the fabled Jacob diamond. Even now, about 400 to 450 line up each day to see the collection, SJM Director A. Nagender Reddy said.

    Special attraction

    SJM is planning to start two new galleries in three months. After segregation of exhibits based on their origins and installing the European collection in one block, those from Far East would be put in the new galleries.

    "We have Far Eastern Porcelain and Far Eastern Statutory and Enamel which will be inaugurated once the Nizam Jewellery exhibition is over," Mr. Nagender Reddy said.

    The work on having a new air-conditioned gallery for the famed statue of Veiled Rebecca was nearing completion and the same would be thrown open in September.

    International exhibitions

    Meanwhile, the National Museum is busy preparing to identify and make available artefacts for five international exhibitions that would be held in different countries starting next month.

    According to Dr. A.K.V.S. Reddy, the season would start with a Sikh Exhibition in New York followed by Tejas Exhibition as part of `Festival of India in Belgium' in Brussels in October.

    An exhibition of Chola Bronzes has been scheduled for November in London and Gupta Exhibition in Paris during March 2007.

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