The Sanskriti Museum of Indian Terracotta was established in 1993. India has a variety of living traditions of pottery and figurative terracotta that are likely to become extinct with the passage of time. Noticing that there is not a single museum in the country that has systematically collected representative examples of these living traditions, Sanskriti made a pioneering endeavour to set up a museum of living traditions of Indian terracotta art, exhibiting all the major examples of the art from all over India. The meanderingly sequenced mud-and-thatch structures display the classified collection along with detailed text panels and individual captions.
From the common earthen pot that stores drinking water to the giant-size cultic equestrian figures of the Aiyyanar cult of the rural Tamil Nadu, the terracotta art occupies a central position in Indian life and culture. The museum houses over 1500 examples of this art form, many created on location by master craftspersons. A special gallery has been installed in the museum to provide a historical perspective to the ancient tradition of terracotta art through photographs.
Today the Sanskriti Museums of Indian Terracotta is the only repository of living traditions of Indian terracotta art anywhere in the world.
(Note: Select exhibits representing the cross-section of the collections of the Museum with visual images and descriptions will be uploaded in the near future)
Collection: Shri O.P.Jain, Founder, Sanskriti Pratishthan, for Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art
Curated and written by: Dr. Jyotindra Jain
Curatorial Associate: Mrinmoy Das
Design: Surender Sejwal
Project coordinator: Shweta Kasliwal Jain