Staff Reporter

“Exhibitions should not be reduced to viewing a set of artefacts”

CHENNAI: A grant of Rs.8.5 crore for improving the infrastructure at the Government Museum in the city is under the consideration of the Central government, said Commissioner of Museums T.S. Sridhar.

Apart from improving the maintenance of artefacts, the Central fund would be utilised to create an open yard, ramps and other facilities for the physically challenged and for building an audio-visual hall, he said recently . Mr. Sridhar was speaking after inaugurating an exhibition ‘Expressions in Stones' organised by the Museum's geological department.

The exhibition features stones that have been used as tools to draw and write (inscriptions), for burials, to make sculptures and in the construction of temples, forts and monuments.

Photos of famous rock art, dolems, rock-cut temples and sculptures are part of the display.

Pointing out that Tamil Nadu possesses one of the largest collections of stone inscriptions,

Mr.Sridhar said that efforts are on to decipher and publish all of them in book form. “The copying of inscriptions is complete in 25 districts.”

Former Deputy Director General, Geological Survey of India (Shillong) D.Vasudevan spoke about some of the grand engineering achievements on stone such as the Kallanai dam and the Brihadeshwara temple.

He also stressed that there must be greater interaction between the public and museums.

“Exhibitions should not be reduced to viewing a set of artefacts. More attention has to be given to sharing of knowledge and explaining the importance behind preservation to students.”

The exhibition is open till February 28 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.