Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar museum: A tribute to the legend

October 3, 2011

Ambedkar museum: A tribute to the legend

Located on Senapati Bapat road, Ambedkar museum was set up in the
memory of the legendry freedom fighter and writer of constitution of
free India, Babasaheb Ambedkar. The museum showcases the different
stages of his life right from his birth to death.

Inaugurated in 1996, the belongings of Babasaheb Ambedkar were donated
to the museum by his wife. The wide collection of items used by the
legend is well displayed and lets you peep in his life. A philosopher,
economist, anthropologist and Buddhist activist, Babasaheb played a
key role during the independence struggle.

Ambedkar museum is a popular spot among archaeologist, tourists and
researchers. Done in a huge dome style and painted in white and light
shade of blue, one can't miss this historical monument that pops out
on the busy street. Surrounded by thick greenery, the dome appears
very pleasant to the eye.

The museum is maintained by Symbiosis institute. Enriched with
numerous articles the museum narrates the life of the legend. Among
the various items displayed at the museum include his walk clock,
paper weight carved with his name, violin, night lamp, dining table
and chairs, travel accessories, footwear, gardening tools, cap and
clothes. Other articles also include utensils, pens, books and his
bed. The silver ink bottle presented to him by the then governor
general of India Lord Mount Batten is also preserved at the museum.
The museum also depicts the way Babasaheb was laid on the bed when he
breathed his last. The Bharat Ratna awarded to him by President
Venkatraman is also displayed at the museum. It also displays few
letters addressed to and written by him. Old photographs of Babasaheb
Ambedkar at important events are also exhibited.

The museum is a humble way of paying tribute to the legend. It is open
from 8 am to 5:30 pm. There is a nominal entry fee and camera is
strictly prohibited. Photographs and booklets are up for sale at the


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