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World's first slum museum set up

  • Published at 02:34 am January 6th, 2016

The teeming Indian metropolis of Mumbai – home to the neighbourhood made famous by the movie Slumdog Millionaire – is to get the world’s first slum museum.

The museum in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums and the setting for Danny Boyle’s hit 2008 film, will showcase some of the many objects produced there every year.

“It will be the first museum ever created in a slum,” Spanish artist Jorge Rubio, who is behind the initiative, told AFP.

The small mobile museum will open in February for two months and display everything from pottery and textiles to recycled items.

The organisers of Design Museum Dharavi say they want to challenge people’s perceptions of slums by highlighting the creative talent that resides in them. More than a million people live in Dharavi, with many working in the area’s mini-factories.

Following the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Dharavi has become a tourist attraction and guides offer tours of its hundreds of workshops.

In 2010, Prince Charles cited Dharavi as a notable example of sustainable living, praising its habit of recycling waste. Last year, it hosted its first art biennale.

More than half of Mumbai’s 20 million inhabitants live in slums, enduring cramped conditions, poor ventilation and a lack of toilets.