Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

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Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum Building Pune.jpg
LocationPune, Maharashtra, India
Collection size15000 objects
Lamps gallery at the museum
Chess set in the museum

The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune, Maharashtra, India.[1] It contains the collection of Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja.[2] The three-storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century.[citation needed] There are also ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments (a particularly fine collection),[3] war weapons and vessels.[2]


The collection was started around 1920, and by 1960 it contained around 15,000 objects. The museum was established in 1962, and Dr. Kelkar donated his collection to the Government of Maharashtra in 1975.[4]

The museum now holds over 20,000 objects of which 2,500 are kept on display. These consist of mainly Indian decorative items from everyday life and other art objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum's collection depicts the skills of the Indian artists of the time, including the prominent works of Pandit Abhijeet Joshi.[5][2]


  • Door frames
  • Vessels
  • Ornaments
  • Musical instruments
  • Different paintings and carvings represent outstanding examples of their art


Items on display in the museum include the following.

Chandrashekhar Agashe Museum Wing[edit]

This wing includes a collection of ancient Indian musical instruments belonging to the late industrialist Chandrashekhar Agashe donated by his sons, Panditrao Agashe and Dnyaneshwar Agashe.[6] Taking his namesake, honoring the kinship of Chandrashekhar Agashe's widow and the founder of the museum, Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar, with them being fourth cousins.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A focus on Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum". punediary.com. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum". Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation - Government of Maharashtra. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum Pune Timings, Entry Ticket Fee, Opening & Closing Time, Holidays & Phone Number - Pune Tourism 2020". punetourism.co.in. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ Farrelly, Liz; Weddell, Joanna (Editors); Rajguru, Megha; Ashmore, Nicola (Authors) (28 January 2016). Design Objects and the Museum, Chapter 7, Indian living cultures: collected , exhibited, performed. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 77–81. ISBN 978-1472577221. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ "Chandrashekhar Agashe museum- Section of Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum". Tourism Places. 2014. Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017. This whole collection was donated by his son Dnyaneshwar Agashe.
  7. ^ Kelkar, Bhaskar (1993). Kelkar Kulavruttant [The Kelkar Family Genealogy (Kulavruttanta)] (2nd ed.). Pune. pp. 82–83.
  8. ^ Barve, Vartak & Belvalkar 2002, p. 3,4.

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Coordinates: 18°30′39″N 73°51′16″E / 18.51083°N 73.85444°E / 18.51083; 73.85444