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Tribal Architecture

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An interesting project is taking shape near Bhopal.

Original tribal homes from different parts of India are being transported and teams of crafts men from these areas are reassembling them in a big park near Bhopal. Beautiful havelis from Jaisalmer stand next to the elevated huts of tribal northeast, beautifully painted homes from the Kutch region. Once completed it will be a Mecca for students of architecture and will save them long journeys to different parts of India which they have to do now. THe exit to the park is through a replica of a snake boat of Kerala.

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Who is sponsoring this project?

It is Govt. sponsored, shall get more details from my friend's daughter an architect who is there at this moment.

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The project is named "Museum of Mankind" At present it has a collection of 50 units and it will eventually showcase all the 450 tribal communities of India. The entrance to this museum is marked with a traditional Uttarakhand Gate. So much attention is paid to details that if a house in a particular community faces east the unit in exhibit would also face east.

Right now work is on a 300 year-old Paliwal style Haveli of the Maheshwari trading community from Jaisalmer.

The chief curator is Dr. A.K. Tiwari.

Sorry iwttgob I couldn't find a website. My friend's daughter invites you to join her if you want.

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It sounds good, I think it will be good to attract tourism to the Bhopal area as well, which is now a bit of a forgotten country.

For me the name of Bhopal is still associated with the enormous catastrophe that took place more than 20 years ago. :)

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Yes LW... the photo of a dead infant girl with severely damaged eyes looking like a blue marbles still haunts me

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