Shreyas Folk Museum in Ahmedabad
The Shreyas museum is one of its kind, mainly focussing on the folk art and culture of Gujarat. Founded in April 1977 the museum is situated on the Shreyas Foundation campus on the beautiful Shreyas Hill.
Attractions of Shreyas Folk Museum
The several exhibition galleries showcase exquisite embroidery, bead work, wood-carvings; metal work and house hold objects, collected and curated from all over Gujarat. Among the other items on display that you cannot miss are caparisons of camel, horse and bullocks. An interesting display is the cultural representations of several communities of Gujarat: these include the Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Charan, Bharvad, Kanbi, Koli, Mer, Bhansali, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghval, Khoja, Bohra, Memon, Miana, and many other communities are represented. Making the understanding easy for the viewer, the museum has labelled photographs next to the displayed objects giving a brief overview of the item.
Sections of Shreyas folk museum
The Shreyas folk museum is an informative and educational museum located close to the suburbs of Ambavadi near Sabarmati. The museum can be conveniently divided into three sections: The first would be the Shreyas Kalpana Mangaldas Balayatan Museum. This section is a museum of Toys, Crafts and Performing Arts and has items on display from over 54 states and countries. Nothing short of a treasure trove, some interesting things that you cannot miss would include the large elephant skeleton, coins, articles for personal, ceremonial and domestic use, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets, musical instruments and objects made of wood metal, cloth, paper-mache, leather, clay etc.
The next section would be the Kathani that was established in 2004. This is a Gallery that displays the Shreyas fairs and festivals. Seeing fairs and festivals as important factors that influence the understanding of diverse cultures, Shreyas has celebrated thirty-six festivals since 1952; each celebration inspired from a diverse region or country of the world. Kathani is a permanent gallery of the Fairs and Festivals held at Shreyas, comprising puppet shows, shadow plays, folk and classical performances of art, craft and food.
The third and the final section would be the Shreyas Sangeeta Vadyakhand which is a gallery displaying musical instruments from India and other countries. It has an impressive collection of over 125 string, bow, percussion and wind musical instruments, used in India. This one is a must stop section, when at the museum.
Location: Ambawadi, Ahmedabad - 7,
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays; 10:30am-1:30pm/2:00pm-5:30pm
Closed : on Mondays.
How to reach:
By air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport, Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to most international hubs. The Domestic airport connects all major Indian cities too.
By rail: The main railway station is located in Kalupur area and is connected to all major cities of India.
By road: Gujarat has a well connected road network. Ahmedabad is connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat state transport buses (GSRTC) connects all major cities of Gujarat to Ahmedabad. Private transport options are also available.
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