Raja Dinkar Kelkar
As one of the largest one-man collections in the world, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is fascinating for its curios and artifacts, ranging from beautifully embroidered textiles to sculptures and antique copper vessels to the swords of the Peshwas. And as you walk through its various sections, history literally comes alive.
The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum came into being because of the passion of Dr. Dinkar Kelkar (1896 – 1990) who toured some of the remotest parts of the country to add to his collection of interesting items of historical value. In fact, this visually enticing foray into the past begins right from the entrance with the imposing presence of a galloping horse in wood, believed to be from the 19th century. Further ahead is the Gujarat Gallery which has a wooden facade typical to houses of Gujarat as well as other utility items from the region. A striking Meenakshi statue from the 18th century holds court in one corner of the gallery with a large antique mirror reflecting the details on the back of the statue.