Issue Date:21st DEC'2010
The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM) commonly known as Crafts Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest crafts museums in India. It is run by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The museum is situated on the corner of the Pragati Maidan, facing the Purana Qila complex.
It was set up over a period of over a period of 30 years starting in the 1950s and 60s, when the area was envisaged as an area where craftsmen from various parts of India would come in to work towards preservation of various traditional arts and crafts by 1980s it already had a substantial collection, and in time the museum space gradually evolved and transformed into its present shape. Today the museum holds over 20,000 rare and distinctive pieces reflecting continuing tradition of Indian Craftsmen through painting, embroidery, textiles, various crafts of clay, stone and wood, all housed in a building designed by architect Charles Correa from 1975 to 1990, incorporating traditional architectural vocabulary into a modern design
The museum also houses a village complex spread over 5-acre (20,000 m2), with 15 structures representing village dwellings, court yards and shrines from different states of India, with items of day-to-day life displayed. The entire village complex is a remnant of a temporary exhibition on the theme of rural India, held in 1972. Today several traditional craftsmen in residence at the museum, can be seen working in a designated area within the museum complex, who also sell the crafts they create.
Apart from the collection, the museum houses Research and Documentation facilities, a reference library, a conservation laboratory, a photo laboratory and an auditorium. It is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm, except on Mondays. It is accessible through Pragati Maidan Delhi Metro Station.More details
India post has released two stamps(INR 5.00 each) with a miniature sheet(INR 10.00)(Source-India post and web)
Remark: You can see the criminal(sorry for the word) activities of Indian postal personal ,Their illiterate and lack of trained personnel spoil a good postal history like the above self made FDC.Firstly the materials are not available on the issue date and whenever you take the pain to make such self-made FDC they damaged it.I do not understand the behavior of our local postal authority & intention.This is not the story of Bhubaneswar but it is same in all over India.I have personally meet the postmaster and given written complain about mishandling and damaging of my letters but there is no solution.I can only so my anger in my blog but helpless,even our own philatelist community here is also lack coordination.Thanks for visiting my blog and read my true story.