VadyaVithika Museum of Musical Instruments

VadyaVithika is a Museum of Musical Instruments which has been designed by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata. The concept and curation of the museum is of Dr. Om PrakashBharti, Director, EZCC. More than three hundred musical instruments have been displayed in the museum in four different sections – Percussion instrument (avanadhhyavadya), Stringed instrument (tatavadya), Wind instruments (susiravadya) and Solid instruments (ghanaVadya). The museum comprises of tribal, folk and classical musical instruments of different communities and regions of India.

VadyaVithika – the Museum of Musical Instruments was inaugurated by ShriKeshariNathTripathi, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal and Chairman of EZCC, at 3.00 pm. The Tangbak played by PadmashriSonamTsheringLepcha and the Baul song sung by PadmashriPurna Das Baul punctuated the occasion with an additional flavor. The VadyaVithika not only represents the musical instruments of folk and tribal communities of eastern part of India but also across the country and beyond its boundaries. The prominent musical instrument displayed in VadyaVithika showcases the rare and endangered musical instruments from Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Bhutan, Nepal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Hon’ble Governor of Wesr Bengal, ShriKeshariNathTripathi congratulated the curator and designer of the museum, Dr. Om PrakashBharti, Director of EZCC and his team in his inaugural speech. ShriKeshariNathTripathi said that the elaboration of multifarious cultural history, philosophy, ideology, life style and living process of the folk and tribal communities relating to the development of their instrument will give the spectators a clear knowledge about each displayed traditional artifacts.

The museum represents the ideology and creative insight of community. It is considered as the important tool in writing of cultural history of marginal community and society. The making and manipulation process has been documented and a series of films on the topic will be released shortly. VadyaVithika is the museum with wide and variety of collections in number and quality. EZCC has identified the rare and endangered musical instruments through surveys and interaction with artists. This undoubtedly makes it the biggest museum of musical instruments in Eastern India. Each state and community represents itself with not only the displayed musical instruments but also a detailed description of the artifacts. The community it belongs to, the region of collection, the process of making, the raw materials used and the way of playing is described above each instrument as a citation in the museum. Along with the brief description, a picture of an artist playing the instrument is also displayed. This gives the masses a clear knowledge about each traditional musical instrument.

The Museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily.