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Karnataka -- Karnataka Museums
MuseumsKarnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery
Established in 1865, the museum houses sculpture from the Hoysala, Nolamba and
Gandhara periods. Also on view are antiquities from Mohenjodaro and terracotta
from Mathura. The painting section includes miniature paintings from the Rajasthani
and Pahari schools. there are also traditional paintings from the Among the miscellaneous
items are ivory carvings and inlay work, sandal-wood caskets and other ohjeci-and
arms and armoury. Visvesvarya Industrial and Technological Museum
One of the few museums of its kind in India, the Visvesvaraya Technological Museum
has within its portals various scientific disciplines. Exhibits are placed behind
glass panels, with buttons which are pressed for the experiments to begin. The
Electrotechnic Gallery has various electrotechnic experiments and the history
of the development of telephone technology. There is also a wall display of long
distance telephone operations along with all its essential components. The Timber,
Paper and Metals Gallery has a life size model of a man and woman tending a plant.
There is a fascinating wall model of the map of India which is a console with
various buttons. Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
in 1861 as a formal entertainment palace for the Mysore royal family, the Jagan
Mohan palace became a museum 1915 under the patronage of the maharaja. The entrance
hall has a photographic depiction of royal activities in the erstwhile state.
uaint but popular exhibit is the French calendar clock where a group of soldiers
play music to indicate the hour. The Mysore Royal Family Gallery has life size
portraits painted by Indian and European artists attached to the court. An oil
painting by Wesksler, the Wedding Durbar of late His Highness Krishnaraja Wodeyar
IV (1900) is spectacular. Another interesting exhibit is a genealogical table
of the Mysore kings from 1399 till today, painted in a leaf form in the Mysore
style of art.
Tipu Sultan Museum
The Tipu Sultan Museum
lies within the portals of the Daria Daulat Palace, once his summer palace and
later appropriated by Arthur Wellesley. Constmcted mainly in wood, the structure
rests on a vast plinth. The walls and ceilings are elaborately painted. The murals
on the outer walls depict scenes from Tipu's wars while the interior walls are
ornately painted with abstract designs and floral motifs. An open verandah surrounds
the central edifice and green blinds protect the murals from the elements.
Archeological Museum 1
The Adil Shahi sultans ruled the Deccan
from Bijapur between 1480 and 1680. The museum consequently houses antiquities
from that period. These include armoury, porcelain, coins, Miniature paintings,
manuscripts and carpets. On view are stone sculpture and inscriptions in Kannada,
Devanagari, Arabic and Persian. District Museum
at Hassan, established in 1977, houses a major collection of archaeological antiquities.
On view are sculpture, both stone and bronze, inscriptions and coins. Also displayed
are paintings, arms and weapons.
Archeological Museums 2
Both these museums are under the Archaeological Survey of India. The Chalukya
kings were prolific builders, as is evident from the structures at Aihole and
Badami. Consequently both the museums house stone sculpture, panels and architectural
Hampi, the capital of
the Vijayanagara empire, is a highly impressive complex of monuments. On view
at the museum are stone sculpture, architectural panels and lintels. Also displayed
are gold coins, copper plates and illustrated palm leaf manuscripts.