M K Narayanan’s tryst with Goa’s heritage

Goa Chitra, Goa’s first Ethnographic museum at Benaulim, was graced by the Governor of West Bengal, Mr M K Narayanan, on May 30.

The distinguished Governor had arrived in the state as a special guest at the Gomanta Vibhushan award ceremony that was held to honor Dr Anil Kakodkar at a ceremony held in Panaji.

Amidst his tight schedule he made time to visit the Goa Chitra museum, Benaulim.

He was taken on a comprehensive tour around the museum by curator Victor Hugo Gomes, taking keen interest in the artifacts and the science behind every agrarian implement as well as other objects in the collection that showcase Goa’s rich cultural past.

Mr Naraynan was very impressed with the sustainable organic farm and how it tied to the museum’s objectives to collect, preserve and pay tribute to Goa’s unique heritage for future generations. He was fascinated by Victor’s dedication and effort to single handedly collect, preserve, and document and display the collection through self funding.

The governor expressed his surprise that no local body had taken interest in coming forward to provide funding to the museum. “It is an amazing collection that reflects the history, culture, science and technology that prevailed in Goa. This gentleman needs our support and I shall do what I can in my power to support this museum and its ideas.”

In his message the Governor noted the following:  “It is amazing what we can achieve with dedication, drive and the support of your family. Goa Chitra is history, philosophy, religion and ecology all worked into one. It is a journey into our ancient past indicating how modern our forefathers were in knowing how environment and nature works. Keep it up”.

Mr Narayanan was accompanied by his wife and Ms Pamela Mascarenhas, Deputy Director, Goa Tourism Department.  On arrival he was welcomed by Mrs Aldina Gomes, Director of the museum and Ms Maria Gomes Rebello, Chairperson, South Goa ZP.