Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing - About
The creation of the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing was the initiative of Founder & Director, Rachel Bracken-Singh and her husband Pritam Singh. Pritam’s father, John Singh, purchased the dilapidated Chanwar Palkiwon ki Haveli mansion and began a 3 year renovation project in 1989. With the guidance of architects, Nimish Patel & Parul Zaveri, the building was restored to its original grandeur. By demonstrating the feasibility of using indigenous materials, time-honoured construction methods and skilled local craftsmen, the preservation project earned a UNESCO award for ‘Cultural Conservation’ in 2000.
Yet the future use of the haveli was undetermined. After reviewing several concepts, Rachel and Pritam developed a plan for a museum dedicated to hand block printing. They employed Museum Consultant, Pramod Kumar (2003-2005) to implement the necessary structural adaptations and to research the Anokhi Archives. Together with Curator, Emma Ronald (2004-2007), Pramod organised the opening exhibition Print Progress ~ Innovation & Revival 1970-2005.
Currently, Suki Skidmore (2007- present) is refining museum practices with a focus on education and community development, as well as working with Rachel to design and implement a curatorial program that documents this vital Indian heritage craft.
Rachel Bracken-Singh ~ Founder & Director (2002 ~ present)
Jitendra Chaturvedi ~ Museum Manager (2005 ~ present)
Pavan Saini ~ Assist. Manager/Educational Liaison (2005 ~ present)
Suki Skidmore ~ Visiting Consultant & Curator (2007 ~ present)