Pune: World-renowned artist Ravi Paranjape inaugurated the annual exhibition organised by International Collectors’ Society of Rare Item (ICSRI) here on Thursday at Balgandharva Rangmandir gallery. The exhibition coincided with the 24th anniversary of International Museums Day. The three-day exhibition will be on till May 26.
Shashikant Dhone, member of ICSRI said, “In the last 20 years, about 42 exhibitions of different collections have been organised by ICSRI in Pune with its motto ‘Knowledge Through Hobby’. The city people can enjoy the treasure of rare items, from coins and postage stamps to fountain pens and many more in the exhibition. It is open to all for free.”
“The exhibition has an exciting opportunity to witness the collection of various rare items such as hats, cadets, statues, autographs, puzzle, pearls, locks, insects and beautiful artefacts, collected for years. We have collectors of antiques coming from various parts of the State besides Pune to showcase their possessions,” he added.
Anant Joshi, the collector of headgear from India and abroad, said, “I am collecting caps for the last 37 years and at present, I am having more than 2,500 caps of different varieties, such as Indian traditional caps, foreign caps, miniature caps, fancy caps, historical helmet. My collection is increasing day by day. I have arranged five exhibitions at Pune, Nashik, Thane, Kalyan and Panvel and visitors’ response was too good. Whenever I go out from the city my first goal is to find a rare cap. If I fail to buy it, I click photographs and make a replica of them. I am also doing a research on the ancient headgears and head dresses for last five years.”
A civil engineer by profession Gajanan Patvardhan, who has been a passionate collector of coins, stamps and autographs for last 50 years, said, “I have around 2,000 personality autographs from different fields like music, defence, sports etc., and presently only 200 autographs are showcased in the exhibition. Each and every autograph is collected at the various events held all over India.”
Sanjay Somai, an insect lover, has a unique passion for collecting insects from different parts of the city. He claims each and every insect he has collected was found from Pune and has different stories associated with each collection.