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Special Exhibition “Power, Patronage, and Piety – Celebrating Womanhood” will be inaugurated at National Museum, New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022 on 8th March 2022

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 08, Mar 2022
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The exhibition will remain open for public till 8th April, 2022.

The National Museum, New Delhi is celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 and on the occasion a special Exhibition titled “Power, Patronage, and Piety – Celebrating Womanhood” is organised by the National Museum on Ground Floor of the Museum. The exhibition will be inaugurated at National Museum Auditorium on 8th March 2022 at 4.00  Smt. Lily Pandeya, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in the presence of Shri Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, Director General, National Museum, New Delhi.

This exhibition focuses on examining the traditional notions of Power, Patronage, and Piety through the lens of feminity. The three constructs have often been associated with masculinity in the well-worn grooves of religious and historic discourses. Celebrating International Women’s Day, this exhibition presents transcultural notions of Indian art and history representing ‘the female voice’. Spanning across different religious and social representations, it focusses on the iconic representations of women in India through sculptures, manuscripts, miniatures, jewellery, tapestries, ritual objects and amulets, as bearers of a unique visual and material culture.

The feminine power is traced through the goddess cult and the female pantheon by examining texts and rituals, folk practices based on fertility rituals, and the manifestations of wisdom through divinities in Indic traditions. Patronage is explored via the literary texts and art commissioned by Queens and Princesses. The exhibition concludes with piety, both towards filial relations and religious discourses, through the feminine devotional practices. The objects collectively bring forth a historical narrative that has been part of an Indian consciousness for centuries. With almost a hundred objects on display, the exhibition highlights masterpieces from the collections of Pre-History, Archaeology, Manuscript, Anthropology, Decorative Art, Central Asian Antiquities, Pre-Columbian and Western Art, Painting, Numismatics, Epigraphy and Jewellery, and Arms and Armour.

Beginning with the famous Dancing Girl and Mother Goddess from the Indus Valley Civilization and proceeding onward to the Classical and Medieval goddess cults in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions, the representation of Devi and Shakti is a common strand connecting such distinctive traditions. Royal power and patronage is represented by Medieval art, commissioned by the female members of regal courts and families. Representations of women are also visible in pre-modern folk practices through pattachitraswarli painting, and matani pachedi among others. Aspects of power, patronage, and piety from ancient to modern times are highlighted in the exhibition, presenting the fundamental and prominent role women have played throughout India’s millennia.

The exhibition will remain open for public till 8th April, 2022.

Sources : PIB