Kalidas is considered to be one of the greatest literary personalities of India. His works, mainly comprising of poems and dramas in Sanskrit form the cornerstone of Indian mythology. His tremendous contribution to Indian literature has been translated in several languages; and has over time inspired many dance-drama compositions, films and other literary and cultural interpretations. He penned three dramas:Malvikaagnimitra (the story of Malvikaa and Agnimitra), Vikramorvashiiya (the story of Urvashi and Puraravas), Abhigyanashakuntala (the story of Shakuntala). Of these, Shakuntala, is the most widely acclaimed and adapted work. This composition has received worldwide attention and has been translated into several languages over time.
The museum houses a large collection of artifacts, statues, and other objects of antiquity from the region of Central India dating from pre-historic to modern times. It is a must visit for lovers of antiquity. The taxidermy section is a delight for naturalists, biologists and wildlife enthusiasts.
Meghdootam is a creation of poet’s owns fancy. It is the story of a certain Yaksha condemned to banishment for neglect of his duty by his master Kuber, the God of wealth. He takes up his abode on Ramgiri in the Vindhya Mountains spending eight months in lonely solitude. One day, he sees a cloud on the peak of the mountain. Knowing that the cloud is on its northward course and thus would be visiting Alkanagari (his home in the Himalayas), the love-blind Yaksha resolves to make the cloud his messenger, to convey his feelings to his beloved wife. The sensitivity and the emotional fiber of the poem have an unparalleled mesmeric quality.