The Museum of Voice
The Adivasi Academy has been built brick by brick with the support of the tribal
community and well wishers of Bhasha. It took nearly four years of continuous
construction work for the Museum and Library, the first major buildings of the
Academy to be completed, so intricate is the craftsmanship invested in creating
the combination of simplicity and majesty. The Advisors to the Academy and the
Community of Activists associated with the Academy decided not to have any
formal ‘inauguration’ ceremony for the structure. Instead, they decided to
install a plaque declaring that the structure, which is named Vachaa, The Voice,
has been blessed by Mahashweta Devi on the 15th August 2004.
Museumization of culture is not on the Academy’s agenda. Vaacha functions more
as a forum and a platform for expression of adivasi creativity. It offers
intellectual space for adivasis interested in documenting social practices, and
creating dynamic displays of adivasi expressions, both artistic and cultural, in
the form of objects, artifacts, performances and digitized multimedia images.
The Museum is seen as the 'laboratory' for contemporary ethnic, anthropological
and artistic studies carried out from the perspective of adivasis themselves. It
is conceptualized as a unique Museum of Voice and is the largest resource centre
of Tribal Culture in India.
Visitors to the Museum include community members, artists, culture studies
scholars, anthropologists, museum experts, university and college faculty and
researchers and school children