REHOUSING A CITY MUSEUM

Studio Critic : Suneeta Samant
Final Year Thesis Project
Individual Project
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Amidst the Bustling heart of Pune City , In an old Puneri Wada is housed an exquisite one-man’s collection of Indian Artifacts. The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum displays one man’s unceasing passion for collecting art. These objects and artifacts are not remote and distant but rather depict the everyday lives of India’s millions over the years. The Museum Currently Displays Dr. Kelkar’s extensive collection. In his quest for all that is beautiful Dr. Kelkar collected artifacts from all over India. Divided into 42 sections the multifaceted collection at the Museum swelled to about 21,000 pieces of which only about 2,500 are available to the adoring public for the want of Space.For the bulk of this unique collection lies unseen and vulnerable to decay and destruction. This Project involved the study of these objects of art along with the study of urban fabric of the City of Pune. Pune was divided into a number of ‘peths’ all leading g to the the Main Palace The ‘Shaniwar Wada’. Each Peth was dedicated to showcasing and selling a specific typology of artifacts or objects of daily use. For example Kasba Peth sold earthware only while Raviwar peth was known for its gold and ilver ornaments. The Design aims to recreate narrative along the lines in whichthe old city of pune was built. These traditional methods of planning have been implemented to classify the artifacts based on their material and further according to their applications so the gallery can be viewed either just to appreciate the craftsmanship for all the rare artifacts of a particular material or it can be viewed from a perspective of examining specific typology of objects through the expanse of the entire collection.