The world is trying to keep up with the rapid pace of modernization; Dapoli is no exception to that. The roots of modernization are spreading quickly in Dapoli causing many changes in the town. To debate on whether these changes are good or not is for another time, but the fact that we are losing our traditional code of living slowly and steadily, is unavoidable. Hence, Mr. Prashant Paranjape from Jalgaon, Dapoli, is striving hard so that the people of Dapoli do not forget about our traditional code of living.
Mr. Paranjape has opened a museum in Jalgaon, Dapoli, which is on the road to Dabhol. In this museum, there are various pictures on display which show a reflection of the old ways of living. Along with these pictures, there are some mockups and many actuals of old things used in the day to day living. Among the many artefacts placed in the museum, there are some that were used in a household, like a ‘Kathavti’ (big wooden pan), ‘Ograal’ (vessel for beating popped rice), ‘Mathya’ (wooden box for keeping masalas), wooden machine to make sweet lentil fillings, Shek Shegdi (instrument used to aid pregnant women). Along with the household artefacts, are the ones that were used in a field, like the Rahat, Daalga, Jharna, Irla, stone cups, etc. Apart from these artefacts, Mr. Paranjape has also preserved a few things in the memory of some of Dapoli’s great men and litterateurs; for example, the picture of the Khot’s house from ‘Tumbbad che khot’, a novel written by S. N. Pendse.
This museum has been an attraction for not just the localities, but for many famous celebrities like Padmashri Madhu Mangesh Karnik, Social worker Sindhutai Sakpal, Journalist Shri Joglekar and many more. The museum is among the top tourist places to visit in Dapoli. But in introspection, the museum is built only for the people of Dapoli. It has been built to remind them that even if they are trying to catch up with the pace of modernization, they shouldn’t forget their roots and the traditions that represents these roots. It is not a just a collection of things that are extinct, but a museum of things that represent the values, virtues and traditions that are becoming extinct. A museum that asks the young generation to retrospect and understand the teachings of the past while heading into the future and remember them.