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Mumbai : A City Through Objects - 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta (Author)

Museum objects are time machines. They allow us a peek into a civilisation long past or bring us close to today's issues. Mumbai: A City through Objects tells the story of a city through unique objects in the collection of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay. The city and the Museum developed together, each inflecting the other's evolution. Like all great global cities, Mumbai has an extraordinary history which many writers have explored. No one has, however, interpreted the city through its artefacts, and the objects that were produced by its many craftsmen, which bespeak the efforts of the many ordinary people who participated as much as its great heroes in its making.


Like the city, the Museum too has experienced a metamorphosis. It won UNESCO's 2005 Asia Pacific Award for a comprehensive restoration and has pioneered contemporary art exhibitions that are presented in the historic space as a rebuttal to colonial exclusionary politics. It has won many awards for achievements and is recognised as a leader among museums in India.

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About the author

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

TasneemZakaria Mehta has been deeply engaged with art and culture, especiallyof India, since she graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art many yearsback. She has studied fine art, textile design, art history, literatureand political philosophy. As vice chairman of INTACH, the IndianNational Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Mehta has been one of thepioneers of the heritage restoration movement in the country, includingthe UNESCO award winning restoration of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Shehas been equally involved with the contemporary art movement in thecountry and has conceptualised and curated several exhibitions andprogrammes at the Museum, at other venues and at the World EconomicForum at Davos.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mumbai : A City Through Objects - 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.05.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789354893971
length 372p., Illustrations (Black and White, and Colour); 29cm.