Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Director General


Director General

Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee is Director General of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and also Director of the Postgraduate (Diploma) Programme in Museology and Art Conservation at CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernisation, including refurbishment of the museum’s main building and the establishment of a conservation centre, a new Children’s Museum, an institutional archive, new galleries and educational initiatives. In 2010, in recognition of his initiatives, UNESCO awarded the museum the 2010 Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Mr. Mukherjee has organised numerous art exhibitions and international shows such as ‘Mummy: The Inside Story’, ‘Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia’, ‘What’s in a Name? Shakespeare’s First Folio in Mumbai’, and ‘India and the World: A History in Nine Stories’ and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programmes and research projects in partnership with museums worldwide. He helms the Research and Publication department at CSMVS, having expanded operations and revived several publications including the CSMVS Research Journal (a formerly defunct Bulletin). Mr. Mukherjee is a frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, more particularly, the Bizot Group (a distinguished group of American and European museum directors), the Mumbai Heritage Committee, and is Chairman of the Content Committee for the proposed National Maritime Museum, Lothal. He has been a fellow of the Nehru Trust, Charles Wallace India Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He holds an MA in Museology and MA in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Maharaja Sayajirao University. The Bombay Management Association conferred 'Special Jury Mention Award 2016–17' on him in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards the preservation of Indian culture and enhancing the glory of the prestigious museum. The University of Edinburgh recently conferred upon Mr. Mukherjee the degree of Doctor honoris causa for transformation of CSMVS to a vibrant, engaged, cultural catalyst in Mumbai.

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