Aparna Misra, heritage enthusiast told TOI: “Having studied in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, our exposure to the History of South India was limited and restricted to only a few dynasties. Bengaluru itself has so much of history around it and it is strange that not many people are aware or interested in it. For Vidya and me, our favourite meeting spot is the Government Museum and hence we decided to launch this unique programme and soon extend it across the State.”
Friends of Museums, is basically spending a day at the museum. Children are accompanied by their class teachers, and are briefed about the history of the museum, basics of iconography, phases of Indian civilization, hero stones and inscriptions, schools of painting and antique musical instruments. Udaya Kumar addresses the students on Bengaluru’s inscription stones. A thematic quiz with topics on museums and Bengaluru, apart from general trivia is held. “The feedback from the children and the teachers about the visit was very encouraging,” said Aparna.
While, the trip to the museum is free for the government school children, a minimal fee is charged from private school students. For the government school students, Kavyashree arranged a meal. Children are given a goodie bag. Vidya has designed a booklet called Friends of Museums and Udaya Kumar came up with bookmarks based on hero stones.
“We are definitely happy with the response and expect to involve more schools. We have also conducted a similar programme for National Public School, Koramangala. BEO Jayashree has been supportive. We are trying to link History enthusiasts from across the state, so that the content can be shared, and Friends of Museums can be strengthened,” said Aparna.