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State museums to go virtual amid lockdown

By Correspondent

DHUBRI, May 1 - The State Museum authorities here have formulated a schedule to bring all the museums of Assam closer to the audience through virtual platforms available on the internet.

The programme headed by YS Wunglengton, Director of Museums, Assam, comprising a series of video talks, presentations, interactive sessions has been designed by the museum professionals for the benefit of the audience of all categories which will be available on the Facebook page of Assam State Museum, initially, and likely to be expanded on all other social media platforms, stated a release.

The museum authority has already published the first video by YS Wunglengton giving a glimpse of the Assam State Museum describing vividly the masterpieces housed in the museum.

It was informed that topics such as �Costumes of Ahom Royalty�, �Sericulture Tradition of Assam�, �Terracotta Playthings: Tradition, Continuity and Change�, �An Introduction to the Ambari Archaeological Site and its recovered masterpieces�, �Importance of Conservation in Museums� etc., will be delivered by Namrata Sharma, Project Curator, Abantika Parashar, District Museum Officer, Jorhat, Mrinmoy Das, District Museum Officer, Dhubri, Nripen Roy, Assistant Curator, Ashok Das , Conservation In-charge, respectively in the coming days.

As informed by the Director, Museums, the upcoming presentations shall be advertised regularly on the Facebook page of the Assam State Museum. Also, a live question and answer session will be conducted on alternate days, for two weeks by the end of May, where students and general public can directly ask questions related to museums and its collections.

The entire programme is planned to utilise the digital platform available and make the museum objects accessible to the general public virtually.

�This would help the students, young scholars, general public to learn and stay connected with the material heritage of Assam� said Wunglengton. He also added that this platform will also provide an opportunity for all the District Museum Officers of Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Barpeta, Tezpur, Mangaldai, Jorhat, Diphu as well as the Museum curators of Assam State Museum to work together and contribute for the benefit of the society during this time of pandemic situation in the country and the world.

Talking to this correspondent, Mrinmoy Das, the Curator of Dhubri district museum said, that the museums were one of the first public institutions in Assam to get a complete closure notice from the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus as it was catering to the maximum foreign nationals as well as locals.

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