BANGALORE: Tulu Baduku Museum and Rani Abbakka Art Gallery at Sanchayagiri near BC Road in Bantwal taluk is worth a visit as it takes visitors to a bygone era. With an impressive collection of items of daily use in Tulunadu, the museum exposes visitors to the rich history of the region. The building speaks through its artifacts, giving rare glimpses of an agrarian lifestyle without the aid of technology.
Household articles made of wood and no longer in use are neatly showcased in the museum, revealing the amazing creativity and flair of people in the region. The museum run by Rani Abbakka Tulu Adhyana Kendra also boasts of metal weapons used during wars. The highlight of the visit will certainly be the art gallery named after Rani Ab bakka, the queen who fought against Portuguese invaders. The gallery has paintings depicting the lifestyle of people during Rani Abbakka’s days. There are also portraits of her, which are indeed awe-inspiring.
Kendra president Prof Tukarama Poojary says the museum was setup to preserve all the traditional aspects of the region. As with the literature of the place, the objects also assume significance for future generations.
He explains that his passion for collecting traditional articles eventually led to the construction of the museum in 2008. During his 20-year-old hobby, he has collected a whopping 3,000 objects. The gallery is also a tribute to the first freedom fighter of the region, Rani Abbakka.