About Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Every city has a charm of its own and such charm is preserved in the museums of the city. Pune is one city where the history is been duly preserved in many such museums, one of them being Raja dinkar Kelkar Museum. Kelkar museum, as commonly known is located in Shukrawar Peth of Pune. This is a three-storied museum that has artifacts of the 14th Century. There are ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, various ancient sculptures and many more. Dr. Kelkar started his collection around the year 1920 and by 1960 it contained around 15,000 objects. Dr. Kelkar handed his collection to the Department of Archaeology within the Government of Maharashtra in the year 1962.
The museum is very well built. At the entrance to the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, the ornate wooden arch depicting Agni and Indra greets you and also a breathtaking lamp welcomes you. The 12.5 % of the total collection of every day art and craft of India, is displayed in six galleries.
The main attraction of the Museum is the “Mastani Mahal” depiction. Mastani was Peshwa Bajirao I ‘s wife who he was very fond of and built a Mahal on her name. Dr.Kelkar made an attempt to depict it in a beautiful manner with its remnants.
History of Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The collection of the artifacts are done by Dr. Kelkar all by himself and hence the name of the museum. It is the one-man collection of Padmashree Late Dr. D.G. Kelkar (1896 -1990). Dr. Kelkar dedicated his collection to his only son ‘Raja’ who died in a tragic death. It is a collection about 21,000 priceless artifacts which mirror the everyday life of India. Dr. Kelkar was fond of art and travel to various places to collect these artifacts. The impressive Museum collection of 21,000 priceless artifacts recalls the historic Indian culture and traditions which gently lead to more and more treasures. Creations in stone, wood, metal, ivory, fabric and clay that endure as the full realization of human craftsmanship.