What do you generally expect when you go to a museum? A lot of history, old stashes of books, aesthetics in the corners and other same old stuff. Right? Well, I know this, and this is exactly what we may find once we walk into a museum. But Bhopal’s Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum was a breeze of crisp air. The aesthetics unfurl a rich tapestry of stories along with the depiction of all the tribes from Madhya Pradesh. They are canvased and crafted perfectly into an artsy rich environment, an environment that made me fall in love with history.
I visited the Bhopal’s Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum as a part of a casual afternoon affair right after a scrumptious breakfast, clueless what it might shower me with. But the moment I stepped in, it was an amazement in disguise. It shouts the culture, everyday life and the folklore of the state of Madhya Pradesh. With vast galleries showcasing tribes such as Gond, Bhil, Korku, Baiga, Sahariya, Kol, and Bhariya communities and all the vibrant yellows and blues, and hues of reds, the place is to die for. Not just this, the extraordinary museum even showcases a theatre that echoes of the classical music and another open theatre with artists performing plays such as ‘Satrupa’ taking you centuries back into the stories from the history.
Gallery 01: The One Showcasing Households
The first gallery as soon as you enter the museum will feel like the sun on the top of your head. The theme is all yellow with shining lights featuring the traditional mud and brick huts for all the tribes. The huts showcase their lifestyle and utensils and tools that were used by them back then. It is so realistic; you will almost feel like someone’s cooking food for you in the kitchen.
The Gallery Showcasing Aesthetics:
The next gallery as you enter is all about the aesthetics. You’ll find exhaustive eye-catching exhibits depicting the myths, art, and rituals. The most interesting part here was the depiction of an old tale in a lush bamboo jungle. The dense bamboo jungle describes the old story of Basin Kanya and how Bamboo originated. Apart from this, the most compelling exhibit here was some drums hanging from the ceiling depicting the origin of music in different tribes. It was so full of culture; I could almost feel myself sway with the background folk music.
The Spiritual World Gallery:
Spooky at the beginning (Sorry for that!) but this particular gallery out of all the galleries is the most engrossing. This gallery showcases a magical land where reality and spiritualism combine. This gallery was full of afterlife theories, memorial pillars, and figurines that define how different tribes experience the spiritual life.
Reminiscing Childhood Gallery:
And oh, well, coming to the last gallery, the one that made me reminisce my childhood was the game’s gallery. Remember how we used to play tug of war and “Ashta change pe” or even “Sitoliya”? This particular part of the museum highlights all the traditional games that belong to the state of Madhya Pradesh. The depiction that made it to my heart was “Goda Badam Shahi.”
The Bhopal’s Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum is exciting, and apart from being a source of history, it is a fantastic place capturing the lives of our people in the most creative ways possible. While at Bhopal, do not miss visiting the place. It is without a doubt one of the most exciting places to visit in Bhopal.
Some quick know- how’s about the Bhopal’s Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum:
Location/ Address: Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum Shyamala Hills, Bhopal 462002, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA
Phone: +91 755 2661948, 2661640
Timings: 12 PM to 8 PM. Museum remains closed on Mondays and all state holidays.
Indian Visitors: INR 10 per person.
Foreign Visitors: INR 100 per person
Photography: INR 50 (Camera without stand/tripod/flash)
Also, do not forget to spend some time amidst folk music at the theatre.
I hope you liked it as much as I loved putting it together for you.
Until my next post,
Keep traveling and devouring great food!