‘Preserving wealth of heritage for past three generations’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2017 10:06:04


By Rajendra Diwe,

The members of Vidarbha Heritage Society on Sunday visited the museum of miniature household items owned by Malan Indurkar in civil lines

“Wealth never lasts three generations. The first generation creates wealth, the second generation preserves it, the third generation squanders it.”
This famous principle has been told by Siong Guan LIM, a former Head of the Singapore Civil Service and incumbent Group President of GIC Private Limited in his “The Leader, The Teacher and You.”


The above principle has been disproved by Malan Indurkar, a 80 years old lady from city who is preserving the wealth of three generations since last 200 years. Her collection of miniature household materials has become a place of attraction for many people in city.


The members of Vidarbha Heritage Society on Sunday, visited the ancient house of Malan Indurkar in Civil Lines and observed the entire collection of miniature house hold items displayed in nine big almirahs.


The energetic lady Malan Indurkar with all enthusiasm opened the locks of almirahs and said, “ My mother Late Sushilabai Kulkarni started collecting household materials. Its our family collection. All our family members had contributed to this collection. My mother wanted to preserve the household items in a systematic manner. Hence, I have organised the items and created a small museum.”


Manjiri Indurkar, a daughter in law of Malan Indurkar, who is an architect, has renovated the 150 years old ancient bungalow. She said, “This bungalow belongs to Grand Mother of my mother in law, Malan Indurkar. Lot of alterations have been done to protect the house. A separate room has been developed to display the collected items. You may call it as household museum.”
Anand Indurkar, son of Malan Indurkar told the family history of three generations. He stated, “Grand mother of my mother Malan Indurkar was Bhagiratibai Chorghade. She belongs to the generations of Devajipant Chorghade, the great diplomat of Bhonsala dynasty. Laxman Nilkanth Chorghade was the grand father of my mother while Anant Nilkanth Chorghade was her grand uncle. The house belonged to Chorghade was given to late Sushalibai Kulkarni, my grand mother and then came to my mother Malan Indurkar.”


In ancient period, girls used to play ‘Bhatukali’. Around 400 – 500 years ago, Bhatukali was devised as a method of getting young girls to learn home management rituals and traditions through play. Even boys participated enthusiastically in some of the games. Though Bhatukali existed in some form across the country, it seems that it evolved to a greater degree in Maharashtra.


“My mother late Sushalibai Kulkarni has given Bhatukali to these miniature vessels. This is because these articles are more than just miniature vessels. They are repositories of tradition a way of life that existed for centuries,” Malan Indurkar stated.


“I travelled across the country and visited to many museums. I visited to Saswane town near Alibagh in Konkan region. Where I saw a collection of items by one Karandikar. I impressed with his systematic manner of displaying the items. Then I thought to develop similar museum. I was having many household miniature items collected by my mother and by my grand mother. All these items are more than 150 to 175 years old,” she added.


This small household museum has been entered in India Book of Records on November 23, 2010. The record mentions, “Late Sushilabai Kulkarni (1909-1999) started a miniature collection of household materials and her daughter Malan Indurkar, further added to the collection. The collection includes 505 Kitchen miniature utensils, miniature stove, Water tank, Iron, Refrigerator, sewing machine etc.”