nyaung shwe cultural museum

nyaung shwe cultural museum
is like an old rich man’s mansion

 

nyaung shwe museum5

indeed when you enter inside
you have to take off your shoes
and walk in the wooden teak planks
sadly photography was prohibited inside the museum
but there were clear signs of the glorious Burmese days

 

this canon looked impressive but their govt. needs to
take proactive measures to preserve and renovate the same

but in case one is waiting for the evening bus to another town
and has time to spare, nyaung shwe cultural museum is a must visit.

after the museum visit

 

we feasted on fish again
this time we got pumpkin
soup and watermelon too…

World Press Photo 2018

It was our lucky day.
The Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square was hosting
the World Premiere Exhibition of World Press Photo 2018.
I knew I wanted to go although my friends were not too keen
but I managed to convince them and it is one of the highlights of my time in Amsterdam..

The best of photojournalism was housed in one grand church built in 15th century.
wpp201813

World Press Photo Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam and has been promoting visual story telling connecting the world with stories that matter.
wpp201816
They had provided these free audio tours which guided the people about the pictures and its background making it more powerful as we moved from one photograph to another.
wpp20184

The fact that it was held in this historic building made it all the more grand and the photographs came alive in one form or the other.

I specifically liked the photographs of Kadir van Lohuizen titled “Wasteland” where he documented how different societies manage waste. I liked the part where the audio guide mentioned how the Nigerian waste would not smell because they actually do not throw food and it is the food waste that stinks the most.

While going through the wall of the photographs since 1955, few of them are the iconic images that have remained in our mind. I remember Life magazine at our house back in the day and was introduced to some of these photographs then.

wpp201812wpp201815

What an exhibit I tell ya…
and I am glad I got to see it.wpp201814
wpp201817

 

 

Himachal State Museum -Simla

statemuseum3State museum’s in India are pretty standard
and this was no different .
There is the pre-history gallery
and the anthropology gallery
followed by mannequins
in traditional attires.

statemuseum12

The exhibit does not do justice to the
rich culture and history of these places.

Often times, the information is also not updated
For instance the architectural and sculptural map of India
does not include any of the monuments from the Northeastern states.

statemuseum6

It feels careless
museum after museum
we never update ourselves and
it spoils the museum-going experience…

 

Cultural Museum at Utkal University

To begin with,
I did not know
that Utkal University had
an anthropology department
established as early as 1958.

IMG_1526

Although I was reluctant to enter
one cannot not enter
after seeing the welcome mural
at their entrance.
utkal1utkal2utkal4
Besides the usual university museum artefacts,
their museum was super impressive
because they had actually excavated
three human skeletal remains
which was also on display.
utkal7utkal6
utkal5