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Musings In The Museum: Celebrating the centenary of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya 1922-2022

Harsha V Dehejia (Author)

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya opened its doors to the public on 10 January 1922, as the Prince of Wales Museum. This commemorative volume showcases some of the unique artistic and heritage treasures in its vast collection, as the Museum celebrates its centenary.

Beginning with the history and establishment of the Museum, the author describes the architectural features of this landmark heritage building in Mumbai. A journey through its galleries, with beautiful images and descriptions of the paintings, sculptures, artworks, textiles, bronzes, everyday objects and modern art in India from the JJ School of Art provide a detailed exposition of the various collections in this repository of the nation’s cultural heritage.


Written in a flowing narrative style, this work lovingly describes the exquisite artefacts and artworks in the Museum as well as the philosophical ideas that inspired their creation.


Musings in the Museum is sure to be of interest to collectors or visitors to this grand edifice, as well as armchair travellers, eager to garner knowledge about the Museum and its priceless heritage collection.

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About the author

Harsha V Dehejia

Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in Medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from Mumbai University. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, all by examination. He is a practising Physician in Ottawa and also Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities of Carleton University in Ottawa. His special interest is in Indian Aesthetics. His publications include: Advaita of Art, Parvatidarpana, Despair and Modernity, Gods Beyond Temples and Leaves of a Pipal Tree (all by Motilal Banarasidass, Delhi); Parvati: Goddess of Love, The Flute and The Lotus: Romantic Moments in Poetry and Painting and Celebrating Krishna: Sensuous Images, Sacred Words (all by Mapin, Ahmedabad); A Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in the Indian Arts and A Festival of Krishna (both by Roli, Delhi).

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Title Musings In The Museum: Celebrating the centenary of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya 1922-2022
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789391125523
length 278p., All Colour; 146 Photographs; Size: 240mm x 170 mm