The next spot on our schedule was the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal. This was another important place that we visited. This Museum of Man, as it is also known, is located in the Shamla Hills area of Bhopal. The story of evolution of mankind over the years has been depicted very beautifully in this museum. Anyone visiting the museum will have the basic idea about how the evolution took place gradually over a long period of time. A lot of visitors were there in the museum, a lot of them being school students. They had been brought on an educational trip from their schools. This was a very good initiative and today’s children must be encouraged to know about the past.
There were a number of exhibitions going on and we went over to the first one. It was an open air exhibition on Tribal habitat. The different kinds of habitats of the tribal people were displayed very beautifully in the exhibition. We also saw the exhibition on Traditional Technology Park where traditional methods of implementing technology to good use was displayed. Here again I took a lot of photos. The Himalayan Village exhibition was another notable one that we visited. It beautifully demonstrated the lifestyle of the people of that region. The aesthetics and cultural traditions of the people of each region were demonstrated with much finesse. The maintenance of the place was of international standard as the staffs worked really hard to keep the place clean. There were guides who were explaining the visitors about the significance of each stall.
I was very pleased to visit this place. Being a fashion designer I like to create a fusion of the different traditional costumes of each place. The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal was a very good initiative from its founders and did a lot to create awareness among the common people about the customs of different places of our country. It also demonstrated the evolution of the people over the years and how they have adapted to the changing demands of the day. The Van Vihar National park was our first destination the next day.