a

home

for

Sindhu

AIS

and the

department of

archeology

at

Deccan College

are planning

new

museum

on the

Sindu Valley

and

Harappan

Civilization.

Sindhu-Saraswati Museum

Sindhu-Saraswati Museum

Mission:  to create a permanent cultural home for a people living far from their homeland.

 

Harappan bearded man from Mohenjo-daro

Stone tools from a small Harappan village

Rare disc shaped gold beads

Artist illustration of Harappan city

Sindhu Saraswati (Indus) Valley Civilization Neglected No More

Of the world’s early river valley civilizations, the Sindhu Saraswati (Indus) Valley Civilization, is the least well known. Due to its relatively recent rediscovery and its unfriendly border location between India and Pakistan, it has not been as extensively studied and documented as the others.

Thanks to collaboration between AIS and Deccan College, south Asia’s foremost center for archeological research and education, this is about to change with the establishment of the Sindhu-Saraswati Museum and Research Center.

Creating a Permanent Cultural Home

Following independence in 1947, the cultural artifacts from the Sindhu Saraswati (Indus) Valley Civilization, just like the Sindhi people, were scattered. Though most Sindhi are happily resettled, they’re naturally saddened by the loss of their native language and cultural identity.

While few harbor thoughts of returning to their homeland, they enthusiastically support the creation of a permanent cultural home to preserve and protect their Sindhi heritage.

The Sindhu-Saraswati Museum

Deccan College has set aside a 50-acre parcel in Pune, India for an interactive and research-oriented museum, which will be open to the general public and academic community. It will feature galleries, a library and research center dedicated to the art, archaeology and culture of the ancient Sindhu Saraswati (Indus) Civilization.

The museum will highlight achievements in the areas of urban planning, civil engineering and ship building and focus on the values of peace, equality, religious tolerance and democratic rule first embraced by the Sindhi over five millennia ago.

Its principal mission will be to support research, conservation and education with the ultimate goal of helping all people understand and appreciate the value of our common global heritage.

Museum Functions and Activities

  • Galleries and exhibitions including interactive site models
  • Historic research, documentation and conservation
  • Library and archiving
  • Crafts and technology research, workshops and demonstrations
  • Education and cultural outreach
  • Graduate student training
  • International seminars
  • Cultural performances and special events
  • Shopping and dining