Shreyas Folk Museum
Shreyas Folk Museum
In many ways this museum is a tribute to the indefatigable spirit of the Gujarati women who have added remarkable value to the Gujarati heritage with their soulful crafts and unbound imagination. Displayed here the art forms range from varied communities such as the Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Mer, Charan, Bharvad, Kanbi, Koli, Bhansali, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghaval, KhojaBohra, Meman, Miana and several others. Also on exhibit are colorful works of embroidery, wood carving, metal work, bead work and utensils, leather work, costumes, paintings and animal decorations, objects of household usage. One can appreciate the care and discernment with which these objects have been collected. Photographic panels accompanied by textual description add value to the viewer’s experience and understanding of this wide collection.
Parts of the Museum
- Lokayatan Folk Museum: The Lokayatan Folk Museum, established in n1977, contains objects of crafts, utensils, domestic items, costumes and ceremonial objects from different communities and tribes in Gujarat. The collection contains exquisite pieces of colourful embroidery, beadwork, wood carving, metal work and leather work, which are documented and displayed with details of origin. With an aim to generate appreciation of local heritage, this place educates students about the rich diversity in traditions and lifestyles in the state.
- KalpanaMangaldasBalayatan Museum:The KalpanaMangaldasBalayatan Museum, established in 1982, has an extensive collection of Toys, crafts and objects of performing arts from fifty-four state and countries. The highlight of this museum is the stupendous elephant skeleton. Other articles on display are puppets, masks, costumes, coins and toys. Special emphasis is on theatre and performing arts.
- Kathani:Kathani is a gallery of Shreyas Fairs and Festivals established in 2004. Participation in fairs and festivals is a valuable way to develop a sense of unity and brotherhood, understanding and appreciation of cultures. Shreyas has celebrated thirty-six festivals since 1952, focusing on various regions of the world. Kathani is a rich documentation of pictures and photographers of all the performances that were taken during fairs and festivals, comprising of puppet shows, stage shows, drama, shadow plays, folk and classical performances, dances, stalls and displays of arts, crafts and food stalls.
- SangeetVadyakhand:ShreyasSangeetVadyakhand is a gallery of musical instruments of India and other countries. Established in 1984, it is a repository of string instruments, bow, percussion and wind musical instruments, bow, percussion and wind musical instruments used in classical and folk music
7/B, Mithila Society,
Aayojan Nagar Society,
ShreyashTekra Road, Bhudarpura,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380015
For Adults Rs. 10, For Children Rs. 7, For Foreigners Rs. 90.
- Tuesday to Saturday 3:00 to 5:30 pm
- Sunday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, 3:00 to 5:30 pm
- Mondays (Weekly Holiday)
- Nine Public holidays: Rakshabandhan, Janmashtmi, Dashera, Dipaewali, New Year, Bhai Beej, Dhuleti, Uttrayan, Mahashivratri
- Ten days around Dipawali and fifteen days in Summer
Note:Photography is not permitted
How to Reach
Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir near Kalupur Railway Station and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat State Transport buses and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.