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What's new at the East Indian museum?

What: The East Indian community’s museum that opened to the public on May 19, 2013, was meant to promote the culture and traditions of this indigenous community. On May 18 this year, they launched its second phase.

Commonly used utensils in the kitchens of the East Indian community
Commonly used utensils in the kitchens of the East Indian community

A year back, the idea of a museum was hatched by members of the community. It was erected through funds largely contributed by the East Indian community. The third phase plans will be released soon.

Salt pan work was a chief occupation among the community members
Salt pan work was a chief occupation among the community members

A museum team will be formed that will meet quarterly to decide new inclusions and attractions with a theme for the third phase, which will be opened to the public from the third Sunday of May 2015.

A sculpture showcasing the fishing tradition of the Kolis
A sculpture showcasing the fishing tradition of the Kolis

How: The second phase of the museum has new attractions on offer. It offers a new occupation space, which depicts the occupations of the East Indian community — Bhandaris, Agris, Kunbis and Kolis.

Fish motifs are commonly used in jewellery design
Fish motifs are commonly used in jewellery design

There is a new shed to display farming and salt pan workers. The boat with a fisherman has been placed in a new area for photography by visitors.

Popular clothing traditions of the East Indian community
Popular clothing traditions of the East Indian community

A statue of St Gonsalo Garcia (a saint of East Indian origin from Vasai) has also been installed.

A section showcasing farming as one of the occupations of the members of the East Indian communityA section showcasing farming as one of the occupations of the members of the East Indian community
A section showcasing farming as one of the occupations of the members of the East Indian community

New artefacts have been placed including bricks manufactured by East Indian merchants over 100 years ago, wooden altars and lots more.

A sculpture depicting a man climbing a coconut tree.
A sculpture depicting a man climbing a coconut tree. Pics/ Sameer Markande

Where:
On: Saturdays and Sundays (11 am to 4 pm) at Mobai Bhavan, Teresa Villa, Manori Gorai Road, Manori. 
Call: 9820087771 
Entry: Free

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