Activities under the Bengal Bratachari Society (1963-1984)
Since inception of the Gurusaday Museum in
1963 up to 1984, some exhibitions were held on National and
International level, which are as follows :-
1. 1967 : “The Traditional Folk Art of India” organized
by the Philadelphia Museum of Art-Fairmount, USA. Some of the
objects of the Gurusaday Museum were displayed at that exhibition.
2. 1972 : At the Calcutta Information Centre, organized by the
Government of West Bengal, Deptt. of Information & Public
Relations, on “Banglar Lokoshilpa Pradarshani-O-Alochana
Chakra”, - meaning in English the Exhibition and Seminar
on folk art of Bengal and some objects of the Gurusaday
Museum were displayed.
3. 1975 : At the National Museum, New Delhi, special exhibition
was organized on Bengal Folk Art from the collections of the
4a) 1982 : At “Bharat Utsab” or the Festival
of India, at London, some objects of the Gurusaday Museum were
sent through the National Museum, New Delhi.
4b) 1982 : An exhibition named as “Golden Jubilee”
was held at the Max Muller Bhavan, Calcutta. Ninety-four objects
of arts and crafts of the Gurusaday Museum were displayed in
the said exhibition.
5. 1984 : From the selected collection of the Gurusaday Museum,
special exhibition on “European influences reflected in
the Folk Art of Bengal” was held at the British Deputy
High Commission, British Council, Calcutta.
In order to popularize itself, the Gurusaday Museum arranged
some more exhibitions were organized in collaboration with the
Indian Museum, Kolkata at the Indian Museum, which are as follows:
1. a) 1988 – Exhibition “Glimpses
of Folk Art and Tribal Art” with the Gurusaday Museum
collection. During this Dr. Jyotindra Jain, Sr. Director, National
Handicrafts and Handloom Museum, New Delhi, delivered a lecture
on the subject “An introduction to Folk and Tribal Art
b) 1998 – Exhibition of “Kalighat
Pats” from the collections of the Gurusaday Museum. A
set (six in a set) of picture postcard on Kalighat Pats was
2. 1999 – Exhibition of “Square
Paintings” from the collections of the Gurusaday Museum.
3. 2001 – “The Art in wood”.
A book was published on this occasion as “Wood Carvings
of Bengal of the Gurusaday Museum”.
4. 2002 – “A meadow of Nakshi Kantha”
from the collection of the Gurusaday Museum.
5. 2003 – “Scroll Paintings”
from the collection of the Gurusaday Museum.
6. 2003 – Participation in an International
Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, where nine objects from the Gurusaday
Museum were displayed in the said International exhibition,
organized by the Indian Museum, Kolkata, with the approval of
the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture,
Government of India and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government
of India, and titled as ‘Images of Man: Glimpses of Indian
Civilization’ held in the National Museum of History,
Special Exhibitions were arranged on
different occasions at the Gurusaday Museum, as follows –
1. 1989 – Folk Art of Bengal as a part
of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Gurusaday Museum.
2. 1993 & 1995 – Arranged Design Development Programme
at the Museum premises with the financial support of the Development
Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles,
New Delhi. Tribal Patuas, non-tribal Patuas, Dokra artisans,
Wood carvers, Kantha embroiders, etc. attended the programme
from the different districts of West Bengal.
3. a) 1997 – Competition-cum-exhibition of Kantha and
a seminar on “Kantha Art of Bengal”. Successful
participants of the competition were awarded medals in the name
of Shri Gurusaday Dutt, I.C.S.
b) 1997 – To celebrate the 50th year of Indian Independence
an exhibition entitled “Freedom struggle as reflected
in the folk arts of Bengal” was organized, which was
inaugurated by Prof. Kalyan Kumar Ganguli, formerly Bageswari
c) Another exhibition on “Folk Paintings of Bengal”
was organized in the same year, which was inaugurated by Shri
Vasanta Chaudhury, an art connoisseur and eminent Bengali film
4. a) 1998 – “Women in Folk Art of Bengal”
an exhibition and seminar was organized.
b) 1998 – An exhibition entitled “Durga and her
associates in Bengal Folk Art” was organized on the occasion
of the Durga Puja festival being inaugurated by Shri R. K. Mathur,
I.A.S., Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India,
Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi. A set of Picture post card
(six in a set) on wood carvings was published.
5. 1999 – “Design-cum-Dying workshop on Handlooms”
was organized by the Office of the Development Commissioner
for Handloom, Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles, Weavers
Service Centre, Calcutta, in consultation with the Directorate
of Handlooms and Textiles, Govt. of West Bengal and in association
with the Bengal Bratachari Society and the Gurusaday Museum.
It was inaugurated by Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder, former Union
Minister of Education, Government of India.
6. a) 2004 – An exhibition entitled “Puttalika :
Dolls & Toys of Bengal”, inaugurated by Dr. Kalyan
Kr. Chakravarty, I.A.S., Director General, National Museum,
b) 2004 – “Design Exhibition-cum-Dying Workshop
on Handlooms” in collaboration with Office of the Development
Commissioner for Handlooms, Weavers’ Service Centre, Kolkata,
Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India at Gurusaday Museum during
30th December,2004 to 1st January,2005. The workshop was inaugurated
by Shri M. Mehorotra, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIM, Joka,
Kolkata on 30th December,2004 .
7. 2005 – An exhibition entitled “Durga in folk
art of Bengal” was organized on the occasion of the Durga
Puja festival. Exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Sanjay Agarwal,
I.A.S., Development Commissioner(Handicrafts), Govt. of India,
Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi. A folder (book form) was published.