Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism inaugurated “National Museum’s Art Gateway” at the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) here today. Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that National Museum has joined hands with DMRC for promoting the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station as a gateway to Indian Art through the Metro. This novel initiative will allow Delhi Metro Rail Users in large numbers to get a quick glimpse of National Museum collection and the Art works displayed here will be changed regularly to engage viewers with many more pieces of Rich Indian Art and Cultural Heritage. He congratulated DG, National Museum and MD, DMRC for such a novel idea to make people aware of the unique collection of Art works in National Museum.
Secretary, M/o Culture, Shri Narendra Kumar Sinha, Director General of National Museum Shri Sanjiv Mittal, Managing Director of DMRC Dr. Mangu Singh and Director Operations of DMRC Shri Sharat Sharma also graced the occasion.
The Udyog Bhawan Metro Station located in the heart of Delhi will have 11 displays, a Museum Replica Corner and hoardings providing a glimpse into the precious collections of the National Museum and information about the activities of the museum.
National Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DMRC on September 17, 2015 to promote Udyog Bhawan Metro Station as a gateway to Indian Art through the Metro. This initiative of the National Museum, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, is a part of its outreach programme and aims at attracting the Delhi Metro users and directing them to the museum which will help in increasing the number of visitors to the museum which is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Udyog Bhavan station. A large portion of the daily commuters in Delhi use the Delhi metro, so this is a wonderful opportunity to inform the public at large about the museum, its collection, exhibitions and its regular programmes. It will also encourage young metro goers to get interested in the Museum and visit it as a fun and educative place of interest.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has taken such initiatives at many of its stations and this is the first time that a replica corner is being created to provide a near-real experience for visitors who will be inspired to visit National Museum and enjoy its collections.