“Forum on India-China Museum Management’ on the sidelines of the 1st India-China High Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges

Talib Khan

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New Delhi, (20/12/2018): The Ministry of Culture and National Museum, Government of India organized a one-day programmer ‘Forum on India-China Museum Management’ on the sidelines of the 1st India-China High Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges’ with the participation of Indian Museum and National Museum from Indian side and Palace Museum and Hubei Provincial Museum from Chinese side.  The workshop was held at National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi on 20th December, 2018 at 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM. The aim of the workshop was to discuss and exchange knowledge on museums and their management for People-to-People exchange for future collaborations in the field of museum exhibitions and management.

The programmer was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Luo Zhaohui, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China, New Delhi by the Chief Guest & Smt. Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Mr. Zhang Jianxin, Cultural & Educational Counsellor, Embassy of People’s Republic of China, New Delhi were the Guests of Honour by lighting of lamp. Dr B.R. Mani, Director General, National Museum and Vice-Chancellor, National Museum Institute welcomed the delegated from China and India. Dr Binoy Kumar Sahay delivered Vote of Thanks of the programmer. After tea break the academic session of the workshop was held in two sessions. In this workshops six delegates from Palace Museum, Beijing and three delegates from Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan, China participated in this academic programmer. In addition to the delegates from Indian Museum, Kolkata, all the Curatorial and Conservation Staff participated in the deliberation.

Fourteen papers were presented in two sessions in the ‘Forum on India-China Museum Management’ on the sidelines of the 1st India-China High Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges. Out of fourteen papers, seven papers were presented by the Chinese delegates (five by Palace Museum, Beijing and two by Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan, China) and seven papers by the Indian side from the National Museum, National Museum Institute and Indian Museum, Kolkata.  The first academic session was chaired by Prof. Anupa Pande, Director, National Museum Institute where seven papers were presented and discussed.

The second session was chaired by Dr Anamika Pathak, Curator (Decorative Arts), National Museum and co-chaired by Mr. Wang Yue gong, Director of the Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual.  In this session also, seven papers were presented.

At the end of this workshop, a resolution was passed for further cooperation between India and China and signed by the representatives of the four participating museums i.e. National Museum, New Delhi and Indian Museum, Kolkata from Indian side and Palace Museum, Beijing and Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan from Chinese side.

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