Agartala, Sep 25: Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari dedicated the “Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace” to the nation here on Wednesday.
Addressing a gathering of distinguished guests on the occasion, Ansari said that it is befitting that Tripura has now set up this Museum in such an impressive heritage building as the Ujjayanta Palace, which once housed the royal family of Tripura and later the State Legislative Assembly, and will now serve as a memorial to the region’s glorious past.
“Though the Tripura Government Museum, which was established in 1970 and was functioning ever since in a small building in the heart of the city, the new premises will add to its grandeur and its status as an important centre for showcasing the archaeological treasures, sculpture, paintings and the rich tribal culture of the state,” he added.
Ansari said that the Museum has not only changed its premises but has also embraced a new approach towards its exhibits, having adopted a broader national perspective while remaining focused on Tripura and the Northeast.
” Given the cultural exchanges and intermingling of various cultures of the sub-continent and beyond over the centuries, this is a commendable step forward. The Museum is also expected to serve as a centre for active research and cultural activities which will link culture and heritage to broader aspect of human development in the present day context. These are welcome steps and must be applauded,” he adedd.
He further opined that good museums are also an invaluable source of history and heritage of a people and their civilization.
“They also provide wealth of information and required resources for academics, researchers and students of history, apart from helping the general economy by generating revenue and employment through promotion of tourism. It is in this context as well, that the Museum will serve the people of the state in the future,” he said.
Ansari further expressed his confidence that in the years ahead the ‘Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace’ would continue to flourish and acquire due recognition as a serious cultural institution showcasing the rich history and traditions of this ancient land. (ANI)