Hyderabad: For those who have not seen how life in a tribal village is, here is where you can.
The Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum at Masab Tank, where the rich culture and heritage of various tribes are showcased under one roof, is being renovated at a brisk pace.
The museum which is all set to sport a new look by June will showcase themed huts, handicrafts, artefact collections, 3D sculptures, miniatures, jewellery and many more apart from housing an amphitheatre. Spread over three floors in 20,500 sq. ft., work on revamping the museum began in February at a cost of over Rs 1 crore. Once inaugurated, the museum will offer detailed information about the tribes in Telangana.
The museum, established in 2003, was in a neglected state with lack of visitors and funds. The State government then took up the initiative of renovating the museum, which offers a peek into the simple lives of the Gond, Koya, Yerukala, Lambaba, Andh, Kolam, Chenchus, Konda Reddis and Thoti tribes and brings together their culture, lifestyle and beliefs on one single platform. This apart, there will be an array of real tribal huts in miniatures, their typical activity in 3D sculptures, traditional panchayat system of tribes and murals depicting various facets of tribal life.
The second and third floors will have galleries of human evolution, life in caves, tool making, hunting and hiding, rock paintings, fishing, cooking, celebrations, dancing and singing and several activities of tribal groups. It will also display the activities of women and cultivation called ‘Podu’ where they keep clearing the jungle in small patches for agriculture.
According to museum curator D Satyanarayana, the walls are being adorned with murals to replicate a forest atmosphere in the museum.
“Showcase of Sammakka Saralamma Gadde in Medaram will be the main highlight of the museum. As Medaram Jatara holds a prominence place in the State, we are erecting the replica of Gadde here,” he said.
The amphitheatre with a capacity of 100 seats will screen short films on tribal life, officials added.