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Sanskar Kendra Ahmedabad

One of the finest place to be visited at Ahmedabad is Sanskar Kendra located opposite to Tagore hall. Sanskar Kendra is presently owned and taken care by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The building is considered as an object of displaying articles of artistic and cultural importance.

Sanskar Kendra Ahmedabad

History Behind Sanskar Kendra

Sanskar Kendra in Ahmedabad was established in the year 1954 by a French architect named as Le Corbusier. The building was designed with an idea of displaying articles relating to education and knowledge. Hence named as ‘Museum of Knowledge’ during the designing stage of building. Initially it was designed as a small part of Cultural Centre and comprises of separate divisions for
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Sculptures etc.
Out of the plans so designed, the museum alone was built and used for exhibitions.

Structure of Sanskar Kendra

Sanskar Kendra is designed to protect the premises from hot temperature. The building rests on a pilotis signature admeasuring eleven foot high. Through the pilot one can easily enter into an open court with a large pool and then to a ramp that leads to the exhibition. Necessary precautions are taken to protect the visitors from excess heat of the day. The roof of the building consists of more than 45 basins of water to a depth of forty centimeter each. The water in the basins protects the entire building from temperature prevalent in the city. The water in these basins is mixed up with special powder which enhances the size of the plants grown. The roof were made up of reinforced concrete and waterproofing with sand.
  • More over the electrical installations are kept under the shadow to avoid the effects of sun. Thus the design has enabled to form an illumination throughout the building. The illumination has made Sanskar Kendra a unique piece of architecture.
  • While the walls of the building are plastered in white outside, the interior wall remains in un surfaced bricks.The facade comprises of red brick walls.

Exhibitions at Sanskar Kendra

Sanskar Kendra mainly comprises of two museums namely:
  • City Museum
  • Kite Museum

City Museum 

In order to protect the cultural and communal space, Vastu Shilpa Foundation started city museum at Sanskar Kendra. The first floor of Sanskar Kendra houses city museum. City Museum comprises of
  • History of city
  • Artistic things
  • Photographs
  •  Mahatma Gandhi and Indian independence struggle
  • Incense sticks admeasuring 4.5 m

 Vastu Shilpa gives the main motive for creating city museum as,

  • To capture the main attractions of the city of Ahmedabad
  • To create a museum which overlaps and interconnects the city like art, industry, craft, culture, history, architecture, individual and institution.

Kite Museum

The ground floor of Sanskar Kendra is crowned as Kite Museum. The said museum is founded by Mr. Bhanu Shah in 1985 who collected fascinating kites since he was 21 years old. He contributed all of his collections to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and founded the said museum.
Kite Museum exhibits varieties of kites such as kites with mirrors, Kites with garba dances, Japanese Kites namely Rokoku etc., Kite museums also houses miniatures relating to Radha and Krishna.

Sanskar Kendra also has a ‘Chabutaro’ at display aging 120 years. Chabutaro refers to a tower kind structure constructed for the welfare of birds. In this structure birds such as pigeons will reside and breed. Such a structure will usually found in villages. Chabutaro serves as a place for old aged people to chat with each other and kids to play.

Recent Developments in Sanskar Kendra

The Ellis Bridge named after Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis was shifted to Sanskar Kendra Ahmedabad so that it could be preserved here well. The foundation stone holds lots of significance as it represents important aspects of history.
  • The Ellis Bridge was given the name of Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis, by the Government.
  • KGSI was built in 1869-70 and the total cost amounted to Rs.549,210
  • KGSI was destroyed by floods on 22nd September 1875 and rebuilt from 1890 to 1895 by the Government, Private Subscribers and Local Bodies. The further cost totalled to Rs.407564.
  • The First Stone of the new bridge was laid by Donald James eleventh Lord Ready C.C.I.E.LL.D. Governor of Bombay on December 19th 1889. 

Information you can use:

Address of Sanskar Kendra:
Opposite Tagor Hall, Paldi
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380007
Phone: 079 2322 2523
Open Days:
Tuesday to Sunday
Monday Closed
Timings: 10am to 8pm

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