In an attempt to shift the spotlight on Bihar’s rich art and culture scene, the Bihar Museum in Patna is also paying an ode to the Indian steel industry. By Sushmita Srivastav
Over the years, India has marked its presence in the global steel market quite evidently. The country’s metallurgical prowess is known to the world today, and the creation of Bihar Museum in Patna is a shining tribute by the state government!
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Designed by the Japanese firm, Maki and Associates with Mumbai’s Opolis Architects, the state-of-the-art museum is spread across a sprawling site of 5.6 hectares, and has seven different courtyards—Orientation, Children’s, History, Visible Storage, Historical Art, Regional Art, and Bihari Diaspora. Featuring Japanese aesthetics, the 21st century eco-friendliness and artefacts depicting the chronological history of India, each of these open-to-sky galleries are vivacious and full of life. Added zones like The Waterfall Court defined by a breathtaking water feature, the Peepal Aangan (the state symbol), the airy amphitheater, or the meditative space of Niranjana Courtyard further add to the charm of this space. The museum is also home to Didarganj Yakshini—the 2,500-year-old sculpture carved out of a single sandstone.
But, finishing off the sleek exteriors with weathering or Corten steel symbolises India’s journey to prominence in the iron and steel sector, and is probably the foremost notable thing about the place. In fact, the Corten steel is complemented with terracotta and other local materials that the state is known for.
A beautiful blend of a rich history and the modern architectural style, the Bihar Museum in Patna gives you more than just one way to explore India’s transitioning over the time.