Monday, November 14, 2011

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune

The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune is a must see place. The museum showcases the various items that are collected by Dr Dinkar G. Kelkar since 1920.

The museum is a three storey building that houses more that 20000 items of which 2,500 are on display. There are various sculptures, ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, paintings, war weapons and vessels, etc.

Some of the sculptures date back to 14th century. Also on display are Indian decorative items from everyday life and other art objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

One need more than half a day to cover this museum leisurely. Unfortunately I had only one hour on my hand, I did not purchase the ticket for photography. I entered the the museum when there was one hour for closure.

51 comments:

LV said...

What a stately and majestic building. Love the design and color.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

The building itself is beautiful! Definitely sounds like you need more than an hour, I hope you get to go back soon!

Mary said...

It looks very interesting. You will have to go back some day and see the rest of it! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting! Thanks for sharing! ♥

Lorrie said...

Looks like an interesting museum.

DeeBee L. said...

Museums! Love them but 1hour is not enough i agree and one should take a picnic when visiting!

joo said...

Must be a fascinating place to visit!

joshi daniel said...

liked that arch!

Nisha said...

coming after a long back from my holiday....happy to see ur posts...my next trip is pune and thank God ur post is at time...ths s gr8

Jeevan said...

This museums sound a lot inn treasure. I quite disagree with anyone says museums are bore and I belive there’s a lot to learn from past to future.

Liz said...

Oh wow. Those windows are amazing!

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Maria @ LSS said...

The building is beautiful and the architecture is amazing. I'm sure there are a lot of interesting things inside.

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ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fascinating and Great photos ~ thanks, namaste, CArol (A Creative Harbor)

Kay L. Davies said...

You live in a fascinating world, Rajesh. I imagine if you were to explore every place worth photographing in India, you would have no time to eat or sleep.

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Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful and fascinating place! I would love to visit there! Your photos are superb as always, Rajesh! Thank you, as always, for sharing the beauty/history of your country with us!

Sylvia

Al said...

The outside is nice, the collection must be incredible.

Carver said...

That looks like a fascinating museum to visit.

Indrani said...

Great glimpses from the place.

chubskulit said...

Very pretty!

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J Bar said...

Great shots.
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Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very interesting

Reader Wil said...

You managed to take beautiful photos even if you had not got a ticket for photography. Thanks for showing parts of this museum.

ladyfi said...

Wonderfully pink!

Leovi said...

I love the interesting museum, beautiful pictures.

Ash said...

Looks like an interesting museum. The arch is very similar to the ones you get to see in South Indian temples. Very nice!

magiceye said...

a wonderful museum indeed

Lowell said...

I'm curious as to whether the good doctor collected all these items himself or simply donated the building? Which is, quite elegant and a worthy museum, I'm sure.

Life Ramblings said...

how fascinating. i could have spent there for hours.

George said...

This sounds like a wonderful museum to visit. I hope you will have the opportunity to go back when you have more time and perhaps be able to get some photographs to share with us.

anthonynorth said...

An interesting place.

Roger Owen Green said...

too bad you had so little time to explore

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Cheryl said...

I love the intricate carving in Indian architecture.

Hazel said...

Museums always fascinate me. This one looks charming.

Nanka said...

An enlightening post and astonishing collection!! Nice communication of knowledge you have gathered!!

Karen said...

A great post for R! I always enjoy your tours!

photowannabe said...

I hope you can go back sometime and take pictures. It looks like an amazing place.

Jo Bryant said...

i would be happy for hours inside there

Joy said...

Museum/art collections which have been put together by one person's passion and interest are so interesting, they are a nice contrast to national curated collections.

Genie said...

Now you have added museums to your fabulous list of places to visit in India. You are just the best. Once again, a lovely post. genie

Ms. Burrito said...

Lovely.

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Ranting Indian said...

I stayed in Pune for about 4 years and not once thought of visiting this place. I should have. :(

Eden said...

What a lovely place to visit! Hope someday.

Francisca said...

Oh, I get so frustrated when I don't have enough time to linger in a good museum. This one sounds like a gem. The carved wood details are delightful.

kavita said...

Fascinating.

radha said...

Lovely. We also have the Salarjung Museum in my city. And I just cannot understand the rules of no photography!! Most countries welcome photography. And what a beautiful way to share with others about your country!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all. And I would love to revisit this museum with enough time on hand.

Reader: This are images of the exterior and entrance. I will dare to photograph interiors without the permission.

Lowell: The doctor personally collected more than 90% of the items for the museum and then donated them to Govt.

Radha: Photography is allowed in this museum for a change.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

it's always amazing when a collector shows off what he has amassed over the years. It takes a certain type of person to collect for so long! (I am not one of those kind of people ;>)

Your City Guide said...

After seeing your article, I feel like gng and visiting this place too.. I stay in Pune but have not visited till now. Will do it this time for sure.

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sush said...

cool-informative as usual

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful post.Thanks.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all.
This museum has a good collection.