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Finding history in India

India is rich with history and culture, and it all comes down to being able to find and appreciate it. There are many great ways to view Indian art. Museums feature great exhibits regularly, and new and exciting artifacts are being found all across the country.

Museums are full of history
The National Museum of India, located in New Delhi, can be a great way to learn and see pieces of India's heritage up close and personal. Many people send money back home, and the loved ones on the receiving end could spend a relaxing day surrounded by history and culture. The museum changes their exhibits regularly, and many great examples from India's past make their way through the halls. These pieces shouldn't be missed, since they provide an in-depth look into the past, something that isn't always available. 

Recently, the National Museum's gallery of decorative arts re-opened, according to the Times of India. Closed for seven years, the renovations for this area have finally been completed, and the public can now enter and view many great historical elements of India's art.

"The gallery will display a fascinating array of objects of daily, ceremonial and religious use, made of a variety of materials such as ivory, ceramic and jade," said Dr. V. Venu, the National Museum's director-general. "The ceramics group, which comprises glazed tiles, blue-white pottery and celadon items, is being displayed for the first time."

Two major themes are focused on within the gallery. Leisure and games, as well as the evolution of the throne – a profile of the seats used by Indian royalty over the years. It is being referred to as the throne story, and Venu added that the story of how each throne has changed is fascinating. There are simple seats, low and flat from many years ago, and extremely intricate thrones and modern armchairs. Also included are metal pitkas, designed for seating idols within home shrines.

"There are the painted-fabric gyan chaupar, a silver tray depicting a Kaurava court scene, a five-foot elephant tusk carved with the life story of Lord Buddha, a jade surahi, armrest, chauri, hookah inscribed with the name of Mughal emperor Jahangir and blue and white ceramic ware," said Venu. "They help us appreciate the esthetics prevalent in the 18 and 19 centuries."

The leisure and games section will feature traditional activities from India, such as items used by dancers and musicians, yo-yos, gyan chaupar, and various tops made from many different materials. In all, the historical artifacts located in the gallery of decorative arts will cover artifacts dating back to the early 1700's. Open from 10 am to 5 pm, except Mondays and holidays, those who send money back to India might want to recommend a quick trip over to the National Museum in New Delhi.

Great art can be found outside
Spending a day inside a museum isn't the only way to view wonderful, culturally significant Indian art. According to a separate Times of India article, a rock wall covered in 3,000 year old art was recently discovered in the Suarlot hills in Korba district of Chhattisgarh.

Found by archeologist Hari Singh Chhatri, the art depicts humans, mermaids, goats, and a geometrical pattern referred to as a viman, or an airplane, the source stated.

"The rock art is still safe as it is located in dense forests," said Chhatri. "I have found pictures of a male and a female with a specific difference in their height; this could be of Lord Ram and Sita."

The archeologist added that the location, near Shivrinarayan and Kharoud, might have been one of the possible locations visited by Lord Ram during his exile. This connection might explain the rock art, according to the article.

When searching for great art and culture in India, there are many places to go. Be it a museum or rock art, one doesn't have far to look.

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