Sulabh International Museum of Toilets: exploring history of hygiene & sanitation

Inspired by the ideas of sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the museum aims at: educating students about the historical trends in the development of toilets,  about the design, raw materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world; and at helping policy makers and sanitation experts understanding the efforts made by their predecessors in this field throughout the world and solving present problems in the sanitation sector.

The museum showcases the development of the toilet system of the last five thousand years: from the third millennium B.C. to the end of the 20th century.

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Displaying above Book Shelf Type French Toilet and colorfully Decorated Victorian period toilet

The museum can be found at:

Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Marg, Mahavir Enclave, Palam, New Delhi, DL 110045

For more informations click here.

Exhibition: Art and Stories from Mughal India

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 31 July — 23 October 2016

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The dream of Zulaykha, from the Amber Album, c. 1670. India, Mughal. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; 32 x 24.4 cm (page); 21.9 x 15.4 cm (painting). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection, 2013.332 (recto).

The centennial exhibition Art and Stories from Mughal India focuses on four stories—an epic, a fable, a mystic romance, and a sacred biography—embedded within the overarching story of the Mughals themselves as told through 100 paintings drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-class holdings.

The Mughal Empire existed for more than 300 years, from the early 1500s until the arrival of British colonial rule in 1857, encompassing territory that included vast portions of the Indian subcontinent and Afghanistan. The Mughal rulers were Central Asian Muslims who assimilated many religious faiths under their administration. Famed for its distinctive architecture, including the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Empire is also renowned for its colorful and engaging paintings. Many of these take the form of narrative tales that not only delight the eye but also reveal fascinating ways in which the empire’s diverse cultural traditions found their way into royal creative expressions.

 

Rounding out the exhibition is a selection of costumes, textiles, jewelry, arms and armor, architectural elements, and decorative arts on loan from museums across the country.

Interested can explore the  free Mughal app for a more in-depth experience.

More informations can be found here.

Human trafficking and tea: What’s the connection?

In a series of videos and articles CNN has highlighted the plight of girls growing up on tea plantations in Assam, India, who are targeted by human traffickers.

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On CNN Freedom Project website it is reported: “Traffickers approach the girls as placement agents, offering them work in cities such as Delhi. Police say young girls see placement agencies as a way to escape the cycle, lured by promises of good jobs and a steady income. Instead, they too often find themselves sold as domestic labor and denied wages, or forced to work in the sex industry. Police say hundreds of girls in tea districts fall victim to traffickers every year.”

More information on this topic can be found here.

Rediscovering Rabindranath Tagore in Mungpoo

Mungpoo is a small town in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is about 33 kilometres from Darjeeling & about 52 kilometres from Siliguri. The land in the place is controlled by the Directorate of Cinchona & Other Medicinal Plants.

Mungpoo was the last place Rabindranath Tagore visited prior to his death. He was staying with his dear friend Maitreyi debi, when his health started deteriorating. The ailing poet was rushed back to Kolkata, shortly after which he passed away. Maitreyi Debi’s home in Mungpoo was converted into the national museum Rabindra Bhavan, housing some of Tagore’s relics.

 

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Tagore’s works translated into Chinese

16 million Chinese characters were used to translate from Bengali  Rabindranath Tagore’s works – novels, essays, poems and plays.

The 33 translated volumes were released on May 5 afternoon at a function at the China Radio International (CRI) office in Beijing, where Chinese students sang Tagore’s songs, elderly Chinese professors spoke of his humanism and the translators shared moments of their hard work.

The release was aimed at commemorating Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary on May 7.

Tagore visited China three times in the 1920s and 1930s. But his visits were contentious, with eminent Chinese scholars of the time debating his philosophy and worldview.

More informations can be found here.

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