National Workshop in Museology held at AMU

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MF Husain's son presenting his father's portrait to AMU Vice Chancellor at Museology Seminar, AMU

MF Husain’s son presenting his father’s portrait to Vice Chancellor.

ALIGARH, February 2: The Department of Museology, Aligarh Muslim University today organized a three day National Workshop on “Nature Interpretation and Diorama Making in Museum”. Renowned artist, Mr. Shamshad Husain was the chief guest and AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah presided over the inaugural ceremony.

On this occasion, Mr. Shamshad Husain presented a rare painting of his father, M. F. Husain to the Vice Chancellor.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr. Gulshan Kharbanda, Proprietor of Akriti, New Delhi said that conventionally, the themes for Dioramas were environment related, be it habitat related or ecology related or environment conservation related. But today the themes can be industrial, architectural or any technology to communicate about.

He said that today in the world of digitization, we employ various gadgets like touch screens, andio commentary with sound and light effects, electronics and mechanical animations.

Highlighting the theme of the workshop, Professor S. Asif A. Naqvi said that today the dioramic presentation techniques have drastically modernized and improved and have become more communicative by incorporating modern audiovisual, digital and mechanical devices and methods.

Welcoming the delegates, Dr. Abdurraheem K., Chairman, Department of Museology at AMU said that this worlshop has been organized as a part of efforts to develop the University Museum into a world class Museum as announced by the Vice Chancellor.

He said that a number of people have donated artefacts, manuscripts, photographs, coins etc. for the AMU Museum. He said that Princess Aliya Sultana from Baroda has promised to donate some eggs of dinosaurs to AMU Museum.

In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that he has been a great fan of M. F. Husain’s paintings. M. F. Husain had presented a painting to AMU which was destroyed or stolen in the past.

He said that AMU has decided to establish only one Central Museum. He said that diorama was an ideal choice.

Prof. Irfan Ahamed, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences also addressed the inaugural function. Mr. Gaurav, Scientist, National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi proposed a vote of thanks.

On this occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor gave away prizes to winners of essay writing competition organized on the occasion of world Heritage Day.

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