The Teenager Today – August 2019

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f you need to
yourself with
the vast culture
and tradition of all
the north-eastern
states of India, visit

I was fortunate
enough to have a
chance to visit the
Don Bosco Museum
in Shillong (known as
Don Bosco Centre of
Indigenous Cultures)
last month. Believe
me, it isn’t just a
museum... it’s more
of an institution with
its own publications,

Each floor is well-maintained with
an automated energy-saving lighting
system, official archivists to help you
out with information and short films
playing on each floor. The exhibits
are beautifully maintained and well-
explained so that people can take
their time to read and explore the
museum at their convenience.

The ground floor has 22 alcoves
wherein colourfully dressed
representatives welcome you.
As you climb up there’s the
Neighbours’ Gallery that showcases

countries surrounding the North
East of India — Nepal, Bhutan,
China, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The photo gallery showcases some
rare black and white photographs
dating back to the 50’s and 60’s
explaining the early life in the NE,
the local life, tribal life and ancient
lifestyles of the region.

As you move on, each exhibit gets
more and more interesting. The
Culture Gallery (Meghalaya) has a
replica of the first wooden church
that was destroyed by fire in 1936.
Today in its place stands the very
beautiful Mary Help of Christians
Cathedral in Laitumkhrah.

The Pre-History Room gives you a
clear picture of the evolution of man
through different stages right from
the stone era. The Land and Peoples
Gallery introduces the visitor to
large and life-size figures showing
each local tribe. Children would
love the realistic statues. We were
fascinated, too.

research wing, newsletter and a
calendar full of cultural activities.
The building entrance is grandiose
and is shaped like a Naga house
which in itself is a great attraction.
Sprawled over seven floors depicting
everything about the seven sisters
of the North East, namely Assam,
Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram,
Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland
and Tripura, it is a feast to the
eyes and a source of knowledge.
With 17 well-laid out Galleries of
international standard containing
artefacts, paintings, fibreglass figures,
earthernware, costumes and other
details, the museum is an excellent
experience of learning at a level that
is interactive enough to grasp for both
the young and the old.

Lifelike statues with weapons

Different dresses of the
North East
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