Shri. Sumit Kumar
Established in FTII campus in year 2001, Prabhat Museum is a must visit place when you come to FTII. Other than current activities in the campus, one can experience the heritage and legacy of Prabhat Film Company since its inception in 1931. Placed in original building of historical Prabhat Studio, ‘The Museum’ is spread over 1000 sq ft area and is divided in four sections.
The Prabhat Museum houses many important Artefacts, Costumes, Properties, Equipment used in various Prabhat Films like Chandrasena (Mukpat 1930), Agni Kankan (1932) Sierandhari (1933), Amrut Manthan (1934), Dharmatama (1935), “Sant Tukaram 1936”, Kunku (1937), ‘Sant Dynaneshwar (1940)’ Padosi (1941) etc.
Section 1 showcases various metal artefacts used in kitchen, musical instruments, weapons for battles, various types of Jewellery, Writing material etc.
Section 2 displays, metal artefacts and costumes used in various Prabhat films. One can surely experience and visualise the cultural and social-economic environment of Maharashtra, in pre- independence of India.
Section 3 is dedicated to Film posters of Prabhat films and picture gallery of stills of archival value from Prabhat films. But the main attraction of this section is the original legal documents of contracts and partnership deeds of the Prabhat Film Company when it was established in 1931.
In Section 4, various types of bigger artefacts are displayed. These includes musical instruments, wooden palakhi, pillers, glass and metal items etc.
Currently, the Prabhat Museum is open to the general public daily between 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The entry fees for the museum is Rs. 50/- for Indian nationals and Rs. 250/- for Foreign nationals. Also, one can use camera to take photographs/videos at a fee of Rs. 100/- for still images and Rs. 500/- for videos.