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Exhibition and research project on the dynamics of migration, social development and cultural identity in the Bhojpuri region of India, in Suriname and the Netherlands.

Bidesia, the project is an international exhibition and cultural exchange-project involving three institutes and museums in three countries:

Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya (Museum of Ethnography and Social Development), G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.

KIT Tropen Museum - Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam.

Institute Voor Maatschappij Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (IMWO), and Surinaams Museum, Paramaribo.

The project has been envisaged as an international exhibition and cultural exchange venture aimed at articulating aspects of Hindustani religion, culture and identity both in Suriname and the Netherlands that relate to their Bhojpuri Indian origins. The project entailed collecting oral heritage through intensive field work in India, Suriname and the Netherlands aimed at linking Bhojpuri language and traditions to Sarnami; collecting and investigating existing recorded oral and musical resources and recording oral heritage in the Bidesia tradition which exists even today; discussing these sources with poets and others involved; and comparing the two languages in terms of structure, metaphors etc.

In the G.B. Pant Institute of Social Science, a Museum, Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya, Allahabad, is situated. There is a semi-permanent gallery on Bhojpuri migration in the Museum, Manav Vikas Sangrahalaya. Here the exhibition plays the role in cultural heritage awareness and recovery of the loss, connected to memories of colonial time and migration. This is an important means to support Hindustani migrants who now (and often in vain) turn to India in search of a personal history, in developing a collective cultural identity rooted in the Bhojuri region.


GANGA RIVER CULTUTRE : Project of Modernisation and Extension of Gallery

This project was concerned with the modernization and extension of the Ganga River Culture gallery, funded by the Minstry of Culture, Government of India. The project involved collecting objects and photographs reflecting various aspects of the culture of the people and places around the river Ganga as it flows from the Gangotri to the Bay of Bengal. Models will be sculpted and dioramas constructed to exhibit the lifestyle of the various communities who are dependent on the river for their sustenance and livelihood. The gallery will be opened to the public in August, 2005.

Museum Shop :

The museum includes a sales outlet where picture postcards, greeting cards, posters, and publications of the museum are sold to the visitor at nominal rates.

Classified Information :

Timings : 10 am to 5 pm on all working days except second Saturday and gazetted holidays.
Entry Fee : Rs. 5 per person.
Photography : Photography without permission is prohibited.
Communicator : Communicators are available for guided tours.

Museum Incharge:

Dr. Badri Naryan Tiwari
Phone: 91-532-2667214 Ext. 38
Email: bntiwari_gbpi [at] rediffmail [dot] com

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Project Completed

Myth Memory and Politics: A Study of the Language of Grass Root Mobilisation of Dalits, funded by ICSSR, New Delhi.

Ganga Gallery (A River Valley Culture) funded by Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.

Bidesia: Migration, Change and Diasporic Culture, in collaboration with Susan Legene, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam funded by Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands (An International Project)

Dalit Popular Booklet, Democratic Participation and Dalit Public Sphere: A project for Research, Documentation and Advocacy funded by Ford Foundation, New Delhi

The project was an attempt to widen and deepen the democratic participation of the Dalits in the democratic arena of the country by expanding the Dalit public sphere, and it created an interface between the writers of Dalit popular booklets and literary mainstream litterateurs and knowledge generators to widen the space of Dalit popular writings. The following types of documentation were undertaken in the project: Conducting interviews and constructing biographical notes of the Dalit popular writers earmarked in the map; making abstracts of Dalit Popular booklets; preparation of anthology both in Hindi and English of few selected booklets; audio-visual documentation of informal meetings, conferences and socio/cultural activities in Dalit communities.

Ongoing Project

Cultural Resources and Forging a Democratic Order: Marginalized Groups in Northern India: A Research, Documentation and Dissemination Project

The projects aims to do an extensive and intensive study of the socio-cultural roots of Dalit life which appear as the basis of the formation of contemporary Dalit political language and mobilization for equality against the deprivation and exclusion of marginal communities in Indian society. The Bhaktikalin sects emerged and flourished in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa during the 14-15th century and brought many marginalized and dalit communities under their fold by raising their consciousness regarding the social injustice faced by them under the Brahminical norms prevailing in society at that time. Thus a huge reservoir of cultural resources which implanted the seeds of democratic consciousness within the oppressed lower castes was generated by these poets and saints. The project will study how the interaction with these sects have led to the formation of cultural notions of social justice within marginalized communities that is sustaining them in their struggle against the social, cultural and political exclusion which they face in their everyday life.

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