AYURVEDA EXHIBITION IN LONDON (Post No. 4696)

Date: 3 FEBRUARY 2018

 

Time uploaded in London- 7-05 am

 

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Post No. 4696

 

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There is a very interesting exhibition in London Wellcome Centre about Ayurveda, the Indian medical system. This is a free exhibition held until 8 April 2018. It is next to the Euston Square underground. The title given to the Exhibition is ‘Ayurvedic Man—Encounters with Indian Medicine’.

What is in the Exhibition?

Valuable collection of Sanskrit manuscripts, pictures and displays of surgical instruments. There is a beautiful video show of Himalayan herbal wealth.

 

A leaflet about the exhibition explains the title as follows:

“The exhibition sheds light on Sir Henry Wellcome’s historical collections that relate to Ayurveda and Indian medicine and traces how health narratives have been shaped by multiple cultural encounters.

The exhibition takes its title and inspiration from the Ayurvedic Man – an 18th century Nepali painting depicting the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. It showcases an executive range off material from our collections, including Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouche paintings and erotic manuals.”

 

 

What is Wellcome Centre?

Ninteenth Century philanthropist Sir Henry Wellcome had enormous interest in medical knowledge around the world. He collected lot of medical antiquities. Now it has become a charitable organisation funding medical research in 70 countries. Their website wellcome.ac.uk has full details of their funding, research and library details.

Wellcome collections include rare Ayurveda, Unani books and microfilms of rare medical books around the world.

Now I will show some of the displays:

Sushruta was the Father of Surgery. He describes a lot of surgical instruments. On the basis of his description, model instruments were created. They are displayed in London exhibition. Sushruta describes rhinoplasty – fixing artificial nose. See the pictures below:-

 

  

The Wellcome Centre has another display by the side of the temporary Ayurveda Exhibition. Henry Wellcome’s profile is displayed there.

Henry Welcome was a man of many parts: entrepreneur, philanthropist, patron of science and pioneer of aerial photography. He also created one of  the world’s great  museums: a vast stockpile of evidence about our universal interest in health and the body.

Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853—1936) was born in a Protestant family in America. He came to Britain as an ambitious salesman and remained, initially to help establish Boroughs Wellcome and Co eventually to build a pharmaceutical empire. He also had a fascination for the past and collected lot of treasures with medical, historical and anthropological interests. Now they are housed in museums and libraries around the world. Here is his picture:

 

 

–Subham–

 

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