Mumbai A City Through Objects - 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

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  • Pub Date: January 2022
  • Author : Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 9789354893971
  • Cover Price: 􀔒􀀃2999.00 inclusive of all taxes
  • Page Extent: 372 Pages
  • Category: Non Fiction
  • Sub Category: General Issues
  • Format Description: Other Hardback
  • Rights: World

About the Book

Museum objects are time machines. They allow us a peek into a civilisation long past or bring us close to today's issues. Mumbai: A City through Objects tells the story of a city through unique objects in the collection of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay. The city and the Museum developed together, each
inflecting the other's evolution. Like all great global cities, Mumbai has an extraordinary history which many writers
have explored. No one has, however, interpreted the city through its artefacts, and the objects that were produced by
its many craftsmen, which bespeak the efforts of the many ordinary people who participated as much as its great
heroes in its making.

Like the city, the Museum too has experienced a metamorphosis. It won UNESCO's 2005 Asia Pacific Award for a comprehensive restoration and has pioneered contemporary art exhibitions that are presented in the historic space as a rebuttal to colonial exclusionary politics. It has won many awards for achievements and is recognised as a leader among museums in India.


Tasneem Zakaria Mehta has been deeply engaged with art and culture, especially of India, since she graduated from the
Sir J.J. School of Art many years back. She has studied fine art, textile design, art history, literature and political
philosophy. As vice chairman of INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Mehta has been one of
the pioneers of the heritage restoration movement in the country, including the UNESCO award winning restoration of
the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. She has been equally involved with the contemporary art movement in thecountry and has conceptualised and curated several exhibitions and programmes at the Museum, at other venues and at the WorldEconomic Forum at Davos.

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