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Nilima Barua folk museum in dire straits

By Correspondent

GAURIPUR, July 6 - The Nilima Barua Folk Museum located by the side of BR Road at Gauripur has now turned into an object of neglect of the department concerned.

The museum was named in memory of late Nilima Barua, daughter of late Prabhat Chandra Barua, the then zamindar of the Gauripur estate for her efforts to collect and preserve the relics of the past for archaeological importance.

Dr Rabin Dev Chaudhury, retired Director of State Museum, Guwahati and Dr Kavita Mukherjee, officer-in-charge of Dhubri Museum tried their level best to establish the museum at Gauripur and as a result of their efforts the museum was opened on 18-11-2008 by the then MP Anowar Hussain.

Dr Mukherjee was looking after the affairs of the museum while she was in service but after her retirement, no officer has yet been appointed, the reasons of which are best known to the Government.

The museum is not visible from the road as there are a number of fruit-shops in front of the museum. Several attempts have been made to shift the fruit-shops but the attempts miserably failed.

There are lots of ancient coins, traditional arms used for hunting, royal dresses and ornaments and a large number of other items of archaeological value and these might help the research-scholars and students for their studies but it is very painful that visitors seldom visit the folk museum as its existence is known only to a few interested persons. Scholars, intellectuals and the interested students have demanded immediate appointment of an officer to look into the affairs of the museum and shifting of the fruit shops to some other convenient place so that visitors can easily find out the folk museum.

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