The laser effect at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Jun 26, 2015, 08:14 IST | Dhara Vora

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has recently acquired an Nd:YAG laser machine for conservation of art objects, and will also be gradually shifting to solar energy starting next week

There’s a new cutting-edge technology that promises to give art conservation in the city a much-needed thrust. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) recently acquired the Nd:YAG laser machine, a first for any art conservation section at a museum in the country.

Omkar Kadu, assistant curator (Conservation), using Nd:YAG. pics/shadab khan
Omkar Kadu, assistant curator (Conservation), using Nd:YAG. Pics/Shadab Khan

“The instrument is used to clean art objects. It is Italian-made, and can be used to clean anything from a stone to a feather. I had first learnt how to use it about 15 years ago in the UK. Today, we have one of the latest versions and have trained people to use this machine,” says Anupam Sah, head of Art Conservation, Research and Training, CSMVS.

The Nd:YAG laser machine
The Nd:YAG laser machine

Another development at the museum will be the beginning of the first phase of switching over to solar energy. The Phase I of the Solar Energy Project will be inaugurated jointly by the trustees of CSMVS and the Rotary Club of Bombay on Monday, June 29.

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