Author: Ranjit Kumar Bhattacharya
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Mita Chakrabarty
Publisher: Indian Museum Calcutta
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Indian Museum is one of the pioneering repositories of ‘Ganesa icons’ in the Museums in India. Vasanta Chowdhury, a well known film actor, former hon’ble member of the Board of Trustees, Indian Museum, donated 101 Ganesa icons to Indian Museum in the year 2000.
In memory of Vasanta Chowdhury, Indian Museum organized a special exhibition titled ‘Ganesa : gifted by Vasant Chowdhury’ held from 1st to 4th December, 2011 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum.
Those Ganesa icons (100 nos.) were exposed in the exhibition hall, are from the collection of Archaeology Section. The collection of Lord Ganesa identifiable with different region of South–east Asia and they are captured in ivory, bronze, stone etc.
The origin of the objects stylistically dates back to the 1st century A.D. to the present. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri Jawhar Sircar, I.A.S, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India.
A lecture on the objects ‘Ganesa from Vasant Chowdhury collection’ was delivered by Dr. S.K. Chakravarti former Director, Indian Museum. Sri Srinjoy Chowdhury,son of Vasanta Chowdhury , also deliberated a lecture on the collection and preservation of the Ganesa done by his father.