The UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore inaugurated the doll museum at Nek Chand Rock Garden Chandigarh. The museum has been inaugurated at the phase 3 of the garden on the second death anniversary of its creator Nek Chand. The museum has 200 rag dolls which are made of waste clothes made by Nek Chand in the 1970. New dolls of the same theme are also included in the museum.
According to sources, MP Kiron Kher, UT Adviser Parimal Rai and UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal also came for the inauguration and to pay homage to Nek Chand’s sculptures where he used to work from.
The Rags Doll Museum appears like a village where the dolls are kept. The village scene depicts the women and men cooking on a chulha and artificial trees and huts are installed. Also, there was a exhibition on Nek Chand and making of the garden. A seminar was also held on which showcased the importance and need to conserve Rock Garden. Rock Garden Society, which manages the beautiful and creative garden was working on rag doll museum, for the past one year. The museum will also display documentaries and short films related to their work, tools, cycle, old pictures, awards and other belongings.
Hundreds of visitors from the tricity came to pay tribute to Nek Chand, who brought the city on the global map with his work. Nek Chand before his death, shared some of his drawings which suggested to expand the garden. He wanted to create a one way path to move out of the beautiful garden. The Nek Chand society shared that it will take more than a year to construct the exit route at the garden. Nek Chand also wanted to construct a small waterfall restaurant there.
Visitors from abroad also came to see the creative work of Nek Chand and were impressed by his work. They suggested that the water in the ponds and waterfalls needs to be cleaned up.