18th.May: International Museum Day.

MUSEUM AND ZOO are very much sought after by all- young or old, learned or unlearned, men or women! In a lighter vein though a fact-

International Museum Day is observed on 18 May every year to raise awareness about the museum and its role in society. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day in 1977. The organization suggested a proper theme every year which may include globalization, bridging cultural gaps and care for the environment. 

History of International Museum Day

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day in 1977. The organization chooses a different theme for the day and coordinates every year. Some of the themes include globalization, indigenous peoples, bridging cultural gaps, and caring for the environment.

Every year since 1977, all of the museums in the world are invited to participate in this day to promote the role of museums around the world, by organizing enjoyable and free activities around the year’s theme.

International Museum Day has become steadily more popular since its creation, with International Museum Day 2009 being participated in by 20,000 museums in over 90 countries. In 2012, the number of participating museums had jumped to 30,000 in 129 countries.

As the years have gone by, we have been blessed to live in a society where while technology seems to want to take over, there have been certain things that are now considered cool that were once reserved for a very target demographic.

While the numbers of participants were slowly climbing almost a decade ago, over the last five years, the numbers are climbing at an even more rapid rate. When we look at this, we may ask ourselves why, and the truth is simple, history is now something that is classed as cool.

Yes, we may live in a technology-driven society, but it seems that the more technology has reigned over the world, people have started to gravitate towards the things that connect them to a world they are scared of losing.

Today, there are more visitors to museums all over the world than ever before, and more than this, there are now more people studying history at degree level than at any point in history.

Now, it may be possible that this is just a point where geek chic is in, and students want to seem more cultural and in touch with the world, but if we stop for a brief moment, could it not be possible that International Museum Day has played a small role in helping entire new generations fall in love with history once again?

The truth may, in fact, be both, but one thing we must remember is that While it may not be as popular as some days, International Museum Day is something that should be held in high importance.

The further we move forward, the more we leave behind, and with all of the things that are now long behind us, we need something to help us remember where we have been, that way, we can take the journey ahead of us with more confidence.

R K Narayanan Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001) was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.

Narayan’s mentor and friend Graham Greene was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan’s first four books including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and FriendsThe Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and FriendsThe Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Academy Award winner The Guide was adapted for the film (winning a Filmfare Award for Best Film) and for Broadway.

Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. He has been compared to William Faulkner who created a similar fictional town and likewise explored with humor and compassion the energy of ordinary life. Narayan’s short stories have been compared with those of Guy de Maupassant because of his ability to compress a narrative.

In a career that spanned over sixty years Narayan received many awards and honors including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India’s second and third highest civilian awards,[2] and in 1994 the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honor of India’s national academy of letters.[3] He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

The house where he lived for quite a few years is just opposite to Paradise hotel has been made into a MUSEUM where besides his various photos and books the dress he used to wear like shirts, dhothies, towels, coats et all have been beautifully arranged for the visitors to get inspired!

Books of RKN
His dress

Nice museum

R K Narayanan museum

All the above photos by my Bangalore son N S Ramnath.

Good day. indeed!

2 thoughts on “18th.May: International Museum Day.

  1. Nice posts on International Museum Day and the legendary Writer R K Narayan…

    Past and present make together what future will be like!

    The passion to look back and connect with the past is part of a long journey aimed at exploring history and becoming aware of what it holds for the society!

    A story with stark realism and a right measure of imagination blending together, can never fail to mesmerise the readers and make them glue to the characters and situations packed therein!
    RK Narayan is known for presenting social issues and inspiring people to rise and act to stand for them….


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