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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous museums in Pondicherry?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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The museums of Pondicherry are as much a preserver of its vanished epochs as they are a testament and tribute to its incredible heritage that dates back to the 1st century Arikamedu Roman settlement. Some of the museums to visit are:

A walk through the exhibits of this museum will seem like a walk through the different eras of Pondicherry. Not only are there sculptures and remains of excavation findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement, but also arms, weapons, burial urns, glass beads and much more from the Chola, Pallava, Vijaynagar and Nayaka periods. The museum distinct in that it provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into the French culture as it was from the 17th to the 20th century. Stone sculptures, paintings, exquisitely carved furniture and other artefacts from the French chapter of Pondicherry's history can be seen here.

Recently, experts from La Rochelle and INTACH were roped in to renovate the museum. Not only are the exhibits better lighted and ordered now, but very soon interactive multimedia facilities will be installed to make the visit more engaging.

Former home of Tamil poet-patriot, Subramanya Bharathi, who came to Pondicherry seeking refuge from the British, has been converted into a memorial museum, honouring his life's work. He composed some of the finest patriotic songs and immortal works of Tamil literature. In one room you will find photographs of people who were influential in Bharathi's life and in another journals and publications in which he wrote articles and worked as an editor. In the last room, the largest one, is an oil painting of Bharathi along with pictures of his family and letters he wrote to other notables and freedom fighters.

These museums are the one place in Pondicherry that can absorb its history, from 1 A.D. to the present day and where you can trace its incredible evolution.

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