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Ansari dedicates Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala to nation

Vice President M Hamid Ansari going around the Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala after dedicatig it to the nation on September 25, 2013.
Vice President M Hamid Ansari going around the Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala after dedicatig it to the nation on September 25, 2013.
Vice President M Hamid Ansari dedicated the “Tripura State Museum, Ujjayanta Palace” to the nation here today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, he said it was befitting that Tripura had set up the museum in such an impressive heritage building as the Ujjayanta Palace, which once housed the royal family of Tripura and later the State Legislative Assembly, and will now serve as a memorial to the region’s glorious past.
 
The museum, established in 1970, was functioning so far in a small building in the heart of the city.
 
"The new premises will add to its grandeur and its status as an important centre for showcasing the archaeological treasures, sculpture, paintings and the rich tribal culture of the state," he said.
 
Mr Ansari noted that the museum had also embraced a new approach towards its exhibits, adopting a broader national perspective while remaining focused on Tripura and the Northeast. 
 
"Given the cultural exchanges and intermingling of various cultures of the sub-continent and beyond over the centuries, this is a commendable step forward," he said.
 
He also noted that the museum was expected to serve as a centre for active research and cultural activities which will link culture and heritage to broader aspect of human development in the present day context. These are welcome steps and must be applauded, he said.
 
He said the institution would serve as a repository of history, culture and traditions of the state and the region, and will help the people better understand and appreciate the rich history, traditions, art and crafts of the mosaic of highly evolved communities that have inhabited this land from time immemorial.
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"I am sure that this institution will help the people of the state and the region to find their roots as they look forward to a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous future.
 
"Good museums are also an invaluable source of history and heritage of a people and their civilization. They also provide wealth of information and required resources for academics, researchers and students of history, apart from helping the general economy by generating revenue and employment through promotion of tourism. It is in this context as well, that the museum will serve the people of the state in the future," he added.
 
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