Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) celebrated International Day of Indigenous People by holding an informative lecture on the traditions and culture of indigenous people on Friday. A lecture through the help of a slide show was delivered by Professor Sharda Shrinivasan from National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru on the topic “Metal Working Traditions and Indigenous Communities”.
In this lecture, Professor Sharda expounded on the traditions of metal working evident in these communities. Talking about these traditions, she said that metal works of iron, copper, bronze etc are an Indigenous phenomenon. Traditional Indian technique of melting metal was well developed and efficient, and it was found specifically amidst local craftsmen.
As a result, India came to be known for its metal work heritage and for its production of iron and steel; various iron monuments in different parts of our country are a proof of this heritage. She then compared the difference of techniques in a metal headgear found in Indus Civilization, to the bel metal crafts articles from Bastar, and idols of Gods and Goddesses found in South India.
The use of alloys formed with brass, copper, iron, bronze in making of utensils by Kota tribe of Nilgiri District, was also described in detail. After this, she gave information on how Janardan Achari crafts mirror through the use of arnamula metal. She emphasized on spreading this knowledge of metal craft tradition to the common man.
The event began with the Director of Manav Sangrahalaya Professor Sarit Kumar Choudhary welcoming the guests and informing them on how the museum is doing work to conserve existing cultures. Heading the event, Dr N Shreedharan, Director of School of Planning and Architecture, lauded the lecture and said that these indigenous artists feel deeply about these crafts. Professor Sharda was given a memento of the museum by IGRMS Director Choudhary at the end of the event.