This year Vadodara is celebrating it’s 506th ‘birthday’ and to applaud its heritage the National Heritage Week with a series of exciting activities, informative exhibitions, heritage tours and walks, bazaars, illustrated talks, is already on.
During such celebration home museums are a worth to watch where people showcased their prized possession for the people.
We generally associate museums with large, vast spaces, government-funded, housing all kinds of wonderful and strange things – artworks, textiles, taxidermied animals and birds, manuscripts, fossils, historical artefacts, antiques and so on that tell us all kinds of stories about our past. On the other hand, home museums are housed in people’s homes, showcasing a fascinating array of products that they have a passion for and have painstakingly collected over a number of years. Since these are not public spaces, ‘home museums’ are open only when their collectors want to share their passion with others.
Spoons which is a important part of our lives is always seen in our kitchen but one can hardly imagine about collecting them. Finance advisor Umesh Suratkar from the city follows the passion started by his mother decades ago. He displays about 250 different varieties, shapes and size of spoons for the first time in his home museum.
“My mother has the passion to collect different types of spoons, folks of different size and shapes and collecting it for many years. This year during the heritage week celebration I display the collection as part of home museums for the people to know about the heritage,” said Umesh Suratkar.
Umesh displays about 290 spoons, folks of different size and shapes with some of them date back 150 years ago. The spoons used for Puja, food and other things from Gaekwadi era and Maharastrian styles were on display. “The spoons of silver, steel, metal, wood, glass are on display including the royal Gaekwad family spoons and folks, We also have the Maharastrian style spoons used for rice, sugar, pickle are the treasure we have. I also have the wooden style original Australian style spoon, folks which is almost 20 years old,” said Suratkar.
So what make him to display the collection he said the inspiration came from his mother who has the passion to collect the spoons and other kitchen items whenever she visit the market. “My mother is now 76years old and the collection is mostly the collection by her. I want to show the treasure to the people and make them aware about the significance of the spoons and folks which we always see as normal items. I want to dedicate the collection to my mother Shakuntala ji and named it as ‘Shakuntala spoons collection’ said Suratkar.
Suratkar also has the old antique metal collections like old phone, gramophone and others. As this is his first display he plans for more in future with the other treasures.