Words from: Mr. Dilip Kumar Gurung – Director/Founder
“The events that led to the Madkina museum inauguration and establishment was to be in 2011 during my visit to Dandaswora village, Syangja, Nepal with the members of Pokhara Academy Children Trust (PACT), which is a charity, registered association based in abroad. The PACT group consists of many multi nationals; Mr Gunnar Stromsholm (President of PACT), Mr. Derrick Smith (President of Rotary Club Cookham Bridge), Mrs. Rita Holmer (Trustee), Mrs. Flora Watson (Trustee) including Nepalese; Mr. Navin Gurung (President of Sahara UK) and Mr. Dilip Kumar Gurung (Vice President of Sahara UK).
In November 2011, we had a remarkable journey to Dandaswora village for one night. The entire residents of the village gathered there for welcoming our group. Their hospitality for us was an admirable. I was amazed throughout the night with singing, dancing and mingling with the local people all of the evening, really memorable as well as an inspirational night for me.
Before I went to bed, a lot of thoughts were going around in my head about the diversities, social life and aspects of local people in the village. I understood that the people of the village were culturally adapted and highly respected. Many people of the village are poor, but one way the other they are rich by their cultures, traditions and customs. This truly inspired to establish an interrelated institution in my village.
On the following day, I woke up early in the morning and made my journey with Kaji Gurung (Resident of Dandaswora) towards my house in Madkina village. We arrived at the house at about 7.00 am in the morning, which I found to be abandoned, faded, a mess, full of twigs/dry leaves around the house, hundreds of rats running around and uninhabited like a haunted place. I was traumatized encountering such a disorderly and poorly abandoned house. Nevertheless, the ground immediately round the house with its surroundings had numerous potential i.e.; enough drinking water, a fish pound, many large orange trees (yielding fruit), with suitability for organic farm production, byre for buffalo/goat/cowshed, fertile soil for harvests and sufficient land for livestock herding. The property would also be perfect for a Museum!
Precipitately, I reminisced one of the previously visited museum in Tanchok village, which truly inspired in establishing a museum at the house. This was utterly challenging to convert the property in order to be suitable, I had to rebuild the house and it’s surroundings and simultaneously collect many Nepalese cultural and antique items such as pots, utensils and vessels etc. I know most cultural antiques had been destroyed many years ago. Consequently, such items are found to be very rare in these days. Thankfully, with the enormous help of my mother in law Mrs. Narmaya Gurung, families and friends, various types of antiques were collected prior establishing the museum. All culturally collected antique items are kept methodically in the museum for the public show purposes.
Madkina Museum Inauguration
The Cultural Museum Madkina Bhanjyang was officially opened by the chief guest Mr. Ananta Shrestha (Vice President of Tourism Board of Syangja District, Nepal) and Chairman Mr. Ganga Bahadur Gurung (Father) on Friday 27th December 2013 (B.S. 2070 Paush 13 Friday). The special guests: Mr. Dhan Bahadur Bhujel (VDC Secretary), Bikram Thakali (Founder President of Sahara Club Pokhara), Mr. Prem Kumar Gurung (Assistance Recce Officer of Kadoori Project), Mr. Nabin Bikram Gurung (President of Millennium Trek Syangja) and Mr. Mohan Regmi (Former President of Western Regional Sports Development). All school head teachers including Mr. Tuk Narayan Sharma (Head teacher of Shree Dibya Prakash Higher Secondary School, Oraste), the representatives from social organizations, the leader of political parties, the relatives and the resident of the villages were invited as guests. An approximately 300+ people attended on opening ceremony of museum which was a grand success.
The first cultural museum of its kind in the Syangja district, we intend to preserve and protect our valuable culture and antiquities as part of the treasury within the museum.”