The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune, is the one-man collection of about 21,000 priceless artifacts by Padmashree Late Dr. D.G. Kelkar (1896–1990) which mirror the everyday life of India. Among other artifacts like writing instruments, coins, nut crackers, musical instruments, etc., the museum also houses a vivid collection of Paithanis and Chandrakala from Maharashtra, Parsi garas, Banarasi weaves, Rabari garments from Kutch and Gujarat, ‘Kantha’ creations, etc.
The book DHAROHAR showcases the apparel and accessories in the collection of the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune. The book features the traditional costumes of men, women and children along with the saris, patkas, sashes and dupattas along with personal and home accessories as well as animal trappings in the collection of the museum.
The book also provides glimpses of modest yet elegant Kelkar museum with Marathi Architecture, the highlight of which is room of Mastani Mahal which has been shifted from Kothrud, Pune, to this museum. It also shows the other artefacts available and also interiors of the museum which are evident in the introductory chapters of the book.
The books can be used in advanced level, either in 2nd/3rd year, in graduate as well as postgraduate level. It can be used as a reference to study various traditional garments in terms of design, fabric and technical details. The information provided in the book can also be used by researchers who are working on traditional costumes of India mainly belonging to middle or poor sections of India along with the constructional details.