Bengaluru to get India's first interactive music museum

Bengaluru to get India's first interactive music museum

The country’s first of its kind interactive and experimental music museum-Indian Music Experience- will be thrown open for visitors here in JP Nagar next year.

Speaking to mediapersons in the City on Tuesday, Manasi Prasad, Project Director,  Indian Music Experience (IME) said that not only can people learn about various genres of music at the museum but also play different musical instruments. The project is an initiative of the Indian Music Trust and Brigade Group and is being set up at the cost of Rs 41 crore.

The museum is India's first interactive and experimental music museum and is being set up with a vision to increase understanding and appreciation for Indian music, both traditional and contemporary. This type of museum is the first of its kind in India, however, there are many such museums around the world, including the popular Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Three arcades
There will be three arcades in the museum: A multimedia gallery, a sound garden and a learning centre.

The multimedia walk through gallery is an exhibit where stories of different genres of Indian music will be told through storyboard panels, mini theatres and basic interactive installations.

Here, people can see musical instruments on display, archive photographs, audio-visual recordings and even experiment with music.

 The second room will be a sound garden with an open path set up with musical sculptures such as large wind chimes and gongs.

The third section is the learning centre with classrooms, seminar halls and a library, Manasi said.

Music classes
She added that the third section has already been thrown open and has been functioning since the last two months.

“Many children attend music classes here. Exhibits are being prepared and we have sourced around 500 rare photographs. We are also documenting the history of various recordings. At the museum, people will have the opportunity to play instruments,” she said.

There will also be a studio set up in the museum where visitors can create their own music like a recording artist and carry it back home.
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