Photo Feature: Shankar's International Dolls Museum- an extravagant collection of culture

K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist who was inspired by the concept of collecting dolls after receiving one from a Hungarian diplomat, began collecting dolls, which led to the establishment of the museum.

Photo Feature: Shankar's International Dolls Museum- an extravagant collection of culture
Costume Dolls from Vietnam at Shankar's International Doll Museum in Delhi. It was inaugurated on 30 Nov. 1965 by than President of India Dr. Sarvepali Radhakrishnan. Photographs by: Rajeev Bhatt

Shankar's International Dolls Museum, located on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in Delhi, is a hidden gem with over 6500 dolls from 85 nations. The museum invites visitors to learn about the country's history, traditions, and art forms via the portrayal of dolls manufactured at the museum's workshop.

The First doll Presented to K. Shankar Pillai, Indian cartoonist at Shankar's International Doll Museum in Delhi. It's one of the largest collections of Costume dolls in world with 6500 dolls from 85 countries

This museum began with 1000 dolls and now has a collection of over 6500. The museum is divided into two divisions. Dolls from the Middle East, Asia, India, and Africa are presented on one side. Dolls from Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, are exhibited on the other side.

Costume Dolls from Tribes of India at Shankar's International Doll Museum in Delhi.