Ethnographic Studies and Collection

ethnoThe field based research and documentation initiatives of the Division have given rise to a repository of valuable arts and crafts objects and are presently preserved in the cultural archives of the Division. The core collection comprises originals, reproductions, and reprographic material. It has a rich collection of masks, puppets and scroll paintings.


Some major collections:

  • Photography Collection on life styles of different communities.
  • Masks from India and many other countries throughout the world.
  • Puppets (leather puppets, glove puppets, rod puppets, string puppets etc).
  • North Eastern Textiles.
  • Phulkari, Kantha, Rabari, Chikankari Embroidery.
  • Scrolls (Patua, Pattam Katha, Devnarayan ki Phad etc).
  • 1200 meter Mahabharata scroll by Santokba Dudhat.
  • 250 meter Indira Priyadarshini Scroll by Santokba Dudhat.
  • Nakshi dolls from Andhra Pradesh and Krishna dolls from Manipur.
  • Paintings (Madhubani, Gond, Kalighat, Bhil, Kalamkari, Pata Chitra etc).
  • Bamboo craft and basketry from North East India.
  • Milada Ganguly Collection comprising rare Naga artefacts and paintings from Nagaland.