Culture Ministry organises series of panel discussions on the occasion of International Museum Day 2021

International Museum Day falls on 18 May every year. On this occasion, Ministry of Culture (MoC), Government of India  organised  a series of panel discussions to reflect upon the reimagined priorities of the culture sector especially in the context of the worldwide Covid pandemic, and the role of museums therein. The theme for International Museum Day 2021 is ‘The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine’.

The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Prahlad Singh Patel delivered the keynote address at one such virtual panel-discussion of Ministry of Culture on International Museum Day 2021. 

The objective of International Museum Day, as  declared by International Council of Museums(ICOM), is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” 

Highlighting the importance of Culture, Patel said that Culture is a true reflection of development and level of civilisation of a country. India is a storehouse of archaeological treasures and its cultural richness is world famous. However, what we may have lacked ,is excellence in  showcasing our boundless culture in the manner it is done abroad . Museums play a pivotal role in showcasing our culture in different ways that interests people. We must create more cultural spaces for exhibiting our cultural wealth to bring it to the masses,which is also a dream of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Minister urged.

Patel said that scientific documentation may  not be available formany of our  traditions and knowledge which have been carried forward through ‘Shruti’ and ‘Smriti’ . This is another challenge faced by our historians and conservationists. “ We have to present the correct history and facts and museums can contribute to it in a big way”, the Minister added. The Minister expressed his gratitude to those who have contributed to museum development movement and continue to do so, thereby bringing the richness of our culture to the masses.

Two panel discussions were organised at today’s programme with the following  themes:

i)Re-imagining Museum & Culture Study Programs to Create New Pathways to the Future and  ii) The many Shades of Online Interaction & Engagement and What it Means for Museums. Experts from various fields like culture, museology, educationists in field of Cultural Business Program, anthropology, heritage among others participated in the panel discussions.