Creative passion drives Diwekar to preserve, share part of history

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2018 10:34:44


By Nandu Andhare,

“I have been bitten by the hobby bug while I was investing precious time in the university Hobby Workshop. My interest in creative material took wings here and, I am pursuing till this day” reiterated Kishore Diwekar , a die hard hobbyist, who has converted a better part of his home into a museum and has opened its doors to people who love history, historical artifacts and will appreciate his small effort in taking the clock back, while viewing the collection. The Hitavada called on Kishore on the occasion of International Museum’s day and had an interesting chat with him on his humble effort.

The entrance its self had a lot to tell and share, before Kishore showed up. There was a huge teakwood, meticulously carved door, polished to welcome the visitor, probably having been a part of some wada. On entering, the visitor sets his eyes on the well preserved antique Cameras, with a slogan that reads “Photography is a science, an art, a technology. One gets to see Joseph Nicephore Niepce (born 1806) Box Camera of 1825, then Louis Daguerre’s (born 1787) piece, Sir John Herschal (Born 1792),William Fox Talbot (Born 1806), Daguerre type Camera of 1838, Calotype Camera 1841, New Kodak camera (1889), Eastman Kodak brownie camera Gas Lancaster & Sons Birmingham Plate Camera, Belows Camera, Twin Lens Camera, Low End Cameras to SLR’s. The Cameras are kept in good condition and displayed well. Asked how this price collection was acquired, Diwekar stated “ Bhagyashree Joglekar, my Former Hadas high School teacher is a good friend of my Mother In law Joshi and it was Joshi, who gave me the address of Bhargava and Shalini Joglekar’s who were keen to have someone take care of their Camera Collection. We got in touch and got things going, where in Joglekar and his wife came to Nagpur, saw my home and decided the layout of display. They also did the labelling,” he stated enthusiastically .

Moving on, a vintage Gramophone, side winding type fully operational caught the eye. After winding the gadget, Kishore played a old Hindi Film song record, 78 RPM type, on it to prove its condition. Another well preserved wooden entrance of a wada whose age Kishore mentioned was 350-year-old, was very impressive.

Amongst Kishore’s other collection that draws attention is Iron Locks, some 150 years old, having keys that resemble Iron Knives over six inches long. His 45 well kept wall clocks are also a sight to behold. Oldest piece is Seikosha (1915), then there are clocks with Ceramic dials, clock with Piggy Bank arrangement, 18 Carat Golden Pocket Watch in mint condition. Other miscellaneous articles comprise, Tortoise Shaped Kisni, Oli lamps, Smoking Pippes Ash trays, Old Currency notes and coins of India, Currency of British Period and Nizam period, a vintage Thousand Rupee note. His arms collection too is very impressive with Chilkhats, a huge Karnatka Dhop (Sword) belonging to Janoji Bhosle, with name carved in Gold. A well-designed Paishwaie Baithak also attracts the attention.

Kishore concluded with his remark that his visit to the Raja Kelkar Museum in Pune had left an indelible remark specially its Mastani Mahal and hence this Peshhwaie Baithak. I am holding on to this collection for the last 25 years”, he mentioned.

The museum, at 200 B, Vinit Apartments, Bhagyalaxmi layout Trimurti Nagar remains open on every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.