Gurusaday Museum organised a "Test Marketing Programme" of prototype handicraft items, inaugurated on 11 OCT 2015 at 11 a.m. and a Special Exhibition on "Ma Durga", inaugurated on the same day at 4 p.m. The exhibition on the prototype ran for one month.

The programme of "Integrated Design & Technical Development Workshop" were carried out at different places and the products were displayed in the museum.

1. Kantha Craft : period:29-07-2015 to 27-08-2015 at Elachi, Narendrapur, South 24 Parganas.

2. Terracotta Craft ; period : 05-08-2015 to 04-09-2015 at Kulgachia, Howrah

3. Dokra Craft : period : 12-08-2015 to 12-09-2015 at Dwariapur, Burdwan.

4. Zari Craft : period ; 26-08-2015 to 29-09-2015 at Shyampur, Howrah

Some photos of the Marketing Programme are given below:

Kantha & Zari Crafts on Textiles Terracotta Crafts
Design Workshops1
Kantha Crafts on Garments Dokra Craft Products
Some Zari Craft Products Some Dokra Craft Products


Test Marketing

Durge 2015


Exhibition of Sculptures by Gurupada Sarkar

Kolkata Society for Asian Studies in collaboration with Centre for Studies In International Relations and Development (CSIRD) & Gurusaday Museum invites papers for Two Day Conference on “Aspects of Community Development in the North -East Indian States”,  to be held at the Gurusaday Museum Hall, on 10 & 11 December 2014.
Application & Abstract Submission deadline: 10 November 2014. Details.

The Gurusaday Museum is organising a seminar on Swami Vivekananda and freedom strugle of India and also commencing an art exhibition to celebrate Bengali New Year's Day on Tuesday, 15th April 2014 at Gurusaday Museum...Details.


The Gurusaday Museum celebrated the closing ceremony of its Golden Jubilee Year on 8th February 2014, with a special exhibition on "Square pat of Bengal" and a special lecture on "Saraswati & Manasa: Early Bengal Art" by Professor Gouraswar Bhattacharyee on 8th February, 2014 at 11.00 a.m. and seminar-cum-workshop on "Preventive conservation of Photographs and Paintings" on 8th February, 2014 at 1.00 p.m. and on 9th February, 2014 at 11.00 a.m.

Registration Free for workshop: was Rs. 250/- for two days
Last date of registration was: 6th February, 2014

Pate Durga- Shaktirupena - the exhibition at Gurusaday Museum Joka, Kolkata
Inauguration Schedule

On the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebration (1963-2013) & 51st Foundation Day of the Gurusaday Museum - several programmes were held on and from 8th February, 2013

A Seminar on "Textiles of Bengal: Tradition, Modernity and Beyond" was held on 8th February, 2013 at 11.00 am

Exhibition on " Kantha of Bengal (contemporary work)" was held from 8th to 17th February, 2013 from 12 noon to 7.00 pm every day except Monday.

A Workshop on "Embroidery Work on Kantha" was held on 9th and 10th February, 2013 from 11am to 5 pm.

Semiar-Cum-Workshop on 'Conservation of Cultural Heritage' was held at Gurusaday Museum Hall on and from 13th to 15th December, 2012.

Organized by Gurusaday Museum, Kolkata in collaboration with Indian Museum, Kolkata and NRLC, Lucknow.

Registration (before 10th December, 2012):
Registration fee Rs. 400/-
Contact : Gurusaday Museum, Joka, Kolkata - 700 104
(033) 2467-6048 & (033) 2453-5972


Gurusaday Museum organised an exhibition of contemporary paintings on "DURGA: Matrirupeno" from 15th OCT 2012 to 31st OCT 2012 at the museum.
Durga 2012
Durga: Programme

Gurusaday Museum is organising a part time 3 months Certificate Course in "Field Work and Social Survey Methods".
Last date of registration 15th July 2012. Details

GURUSADAY MUSEUM, Kolkata celebrated
International Museum Day 2012
in collaboration with
Indian National Committee of
International Council of Museums
on 18th MAY 2012 at Gurusaday Museum,
Joka, Kolkata
The theme for 2012
as suggested by ICOM is
"Museums in a Changing World:
New challenges, New inspirations"



On the Birthday of Gurusaday Duttji
Gurusaday Museum presents
An exposition of Traditional Crafts, Music, Theatre of North Bengal
at Gurusaday Museum, Bratacharigram,
Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal.
From 10th May 2012, Thursday to 20th May 2012

Organised by
Bangiya Paramparik Kaaru O Bastra Shilpi Sangha,,
Gurusaday Museum,
Banglar Bratachari Samity & Kalaboti Mudra

50th Foundation Day of the Gurusaday Museum on 8th February, 2012  

The 50th Foundation Day of the Gurusaday Museum will be celebrated on 8th February, 2012 at Gurusaday Museum.

The Foundation Day celebration event will include - a seminar on
“Alpana of Bengal: Tradition, Modernity and Beyond”
and also an exhibition on “Alpanas on Bratas of Bengal” followed by interactive academic discussion by the scholars.

We will also arrange
a workshop on “Alpana of Bengal” on and from
9th to 11th February, 2012

Call for paper on “Alpana of Bengal: Tradition, Modernity and Beyond”:
Submission of Abstract
: An abstract within 200 words with 5-8 key words to be submitted within 15th January, 2012 either through e-mail or by post/courier. Language may be either English or Bengali. Submission in English language must sent in as soft copy in MS Word (.doc) format, typed 12 point. Submission in Bengali language must be sent as hard copy (printout).

Submission of Full paper : In MS Word (.doc)format , typed in 12point, with full reference, to be submitted within 31st January, 2012.
Submission of Registration : Registration (Teacher = Rs. 100/-; Student/Scholar = Rs. 50/-) to be submitted within 15th January, 2012 along with filled in form in the format given below:

                            Format for application for Registration for Seminar

Fathers Name
Contact Number
Date of seminar : 8th February, 2012

Venue : Gurusaday Museum, Joka, Kolkata – 700 104

Submission of Registration for Workshop : Registration Rs 600/- (Workshop along with seminar) to be submitted within 15th January, 2012 along with filled in form in the format given below:
                              Format for application for Registration for Workshop
Fathers Name
Contact Number
Date of seminar and workshop : 8th to 11th February, 2012

Venue : Gurusaday Museum, Joka, Kolkata – 700 104
Concept paper for the Seminar on 8th February, 2012

Alpana or floral or figurative motif design of Bengal is an exquisite folk-art form that holds intrigued aesthetic appeal as well. It is said to be derived from the word Alimpana meaning ‘to paint’ or ‘to coat with’ in Sanskrit. However the word alpana has a far greater implication in the socio-religious and socio-cultural life of the Bengali people. Outside Bengal it is known by various names : aripon in Bihar, Kolam in Kerala and Tamilnadu, rongoli in Maharastra and so on. Therefore, it can be said that ‘alpana’ is an important feature in the Indian culture, too.

Alpana is said to have an antiquity dated past into the prehistoric times. It has many similarities with the prehistoric and so called primitive arts. Later it flourished in the lap of agricultural society. In fact the alpana reflects the motive, desire and quotidian pictures of life of the peasants. Alpana of Bengal associated with Bratas (ritual) bears a clear testimony to this. During various puja occasions alpana is drawn on the floor not only to enhance the aesthetic beauty but also to hint at a symbolic association between alpana and rituals.

Alpana designs have influenced different media and art forms. Apart from the walls of the temple and dwelling houses, the influence of alpana can be seen in the designs of the cloths. Secular transformation of alpana can be noticed in its use in the decorations of floor at the time of various cultural occasions. Thus, alpana presents a multi faceted dimension of our socio-cultural life. The present seminar entitled “Alpana of Bengal: Tradition, Modernity and Beyond” aspires to bring some of these aspects of alpana to the fore.
Interested persons can contact the Executive Secretary by phone 033-2453-5972
Durga Exhibition 2011


On the occasion of 49th Foundation Day
of the Gurusaday Museum organised
an exhibition on
Square Pat in Rural Bengal
a seminar entitled
“Folk-art, Folk-crafts and Museum:
Emerging opportunities in the 21st century”
Friday, 18th FEB 2011

Past Events

Ms. Niralaxmi Palai

Regional Director [ER], Office of the DC [H], Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles has kindly consented to inaugurate the occasion.
Shri Anup Matilal
Director, EZCC, Kolkata
has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest
Dr. Sanat Kumar Mitra
Editor, Loksanskriti Gabeshana Patrika
has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Special Guest
Shri B. M. Mishra
Deputy Director (H) [ER], Office of the DC (H). Govt. of India, Ministry Textiles has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Dr. Sakti Kali Basu will preside over the function

The exhibition remained open from 19th to 27th February, 2011 daily,
except 21st February, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Programme on Friday the 18* February, 2011
held at the museum

10.30 a.m.: Inauguration of the occasion.
11.30 a.m.:

Academic 1st session:
Chairman: Professor Barun Kumar Chakraborty,
Emeritus Professor. RBU, Kolkata.

1) Prof. Ujjaini Basu:
Pre-historic art & crafts in the light of anthropological aspect.
2) Dr. Nabakumar Duary:
History of Patuas & square pat in Rural Bengal.
3) Dr. Chandranath Das:
Revive of languishing folk-art & crafts in North Bengal: problems & possibilities.

1.30 p.m.:


2.30 p.m.:

Academic 2nd session:
Chairman: Dr. D. V. Sharma
Regional Director(ER), AS1

1) Prof. Supreo Chanda :
Conservation of folk-art and crafts through museum: challenges and opportunities.
2) Shri Dilip Duttagupta:
Restoration and preservation in Museum contemporary perspectives on their problems and possibilities.
3) Dr. Sumahan Bandyopadhyay:
Folk-crafts, folk technology and society: Re-looking at their relationship in contemporary situation in Bengal.

On the occasion of 128th Birth Anniversary of Shri Gurusaday Dutt, ICS, we are going to organize an Essay Competition and Seminar-cum-demonstration programmes at Gurusaday Museum Hall on 10th May, 2010 at 3.00pm.


3.00 pm to 4.00 pm Essay Competition [Standard Class IX to XII]
Sub : Gurusaday Dutt: Life and work
Word : 300
Paper: Authority will supply.

Last date to register : 9th May, 2010 before 5.00pm.
Contact Gurusaday Museum, Phone: 033-2467 6048
Write in any one of the Languages : Bengali or English or Hindi


4.00 pm to 7.00 pm: Seminar-cum-demonstration

1st : Gurusaday Dutt & Bratachari Movement
Speaker: Shri Dilip Sarbadhikari
Formerly Pradhan Nayak, Bengal Bratachari Society;
Demonstration by a group of Bratachari.


2nd: Folk Song
Speaker: Professor Barun Kumar Chakraborty,
Emeritus Professor of the Rabindra Bharati University
Demonstration by Dr. Ranjit Chakraborty,

Head, Dept. of Vocal Music,
Rabindra Bharati University


7.00 pm:

Prize distribution by Shri Pradip Mitra,
Deputy Director General [ER], All India Radio

Full day event on 28th MARCH 2010 at the Gurusaday Museum


On 3rd May 2008 GURUSADAY MUSEUM, KOLKATA held a full day seminar on the Life & Contribution of Shri Gurusaday Dutt, I.C.S., as part of the celebration of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Shri Dutt.
GURUSADAY MUSEUM, KOLKATA in collaboration with
INDO CHINA FREINDSHIP ASSOCIATION WEST BENGAL, on the occasion of 125th Birth Anniversary of Gurusaday Dutt & celebration of Indo China year of Friendship, held a Seminar and organised the inauguration of an Exhibition on Saturday, the 25th August 2007 at 5.30 pm, at Annexe Hall of the GURUSADAY MUSEUM, Bratacharigram, Joka, Kolkata-700 104.

Mr. Wen Zhencai, Deputy Consul General, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata inaugurated the exhibition of CHINSE FOLK ART & CRAFTS.

Shri. Kshiti Goswami, Hon’ble Minister of PWD, Govt. of West Bengal also attended the Seminar as Special Guest.

The Exhibition continued for one month.