The Organisation

The institute runs the historical museum – Magan Sangrahalaya. It is the only museum in India founded by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1938, dedicated to the artisans of India.

THE KHADI AND VILLAGE INDUSTRIES WING- EVOLUTION OF KHADI

The museum showcases various rural industries and depicts the development of Khaki over the years. The khadi wing showcases forty different kinds of Charkha dating back to year 1930. The Charkhas displayed in the exhibition range from the hand , pedal to solar driven Charkha. It also displays the changing form of Charkha from Sudarshan (Wheel )to kissan (Box) to Ambar charkha and presently the E-Charkha. The display wing hold sections on Khadi, Natural Dye, Silk, Raw-Silk, Wool and Jute mixed Khadi.

THE VILLAGE INDUSTRIES WING

The museum showcases 32 rural industries including – Food processing, Agriculture tools for small farmers , Honey from the wild rock-bees, Non-violent Leather (goods from fallen hides), Pottery, Hand made paper, oil from edible & Non-edible seeds. It also exhibits industries based on Palm, Bamboo, Lac, Grasses, Jute, Wood, Metal, Glass, Stone, Mud, Horn, Cow dung and Cow urine.

RURAL TECHNOLOGY WING

Rural Technology Wing presents 18 rural based low-cost simple technologies. that can be adopted by the rural household. It exhibits energy conserving technologies, low cost mud housing, improved agriculture tools, agro- processing tool, and water purification and conservation technology.

MAHATMA GANDHI WING

This wing displays the belongings and the gifts received by Mahatma Gandhi. Some of the rare Articles of Mahatma Gandhi exhibited here include Gandhiji’s Hair, Smallest spinning wheel (Charkha) used by him, self signed statue of Mahatma Gandhi (only statue of it’s kind in the world) & the stone on which Gandhi made the first Handmade paper.

GANDHI CHITRA PRADARSHANI- IMMORTALIZING MEMORIES

Gandhi Chitra Pradarshani is run in close conjunction with Sevagram Ashram.

This photo exhibition of Gandhiji is annually visited by about three lakh visitors.

PRAKRUTIK JIVAN KENDRA – CARE THAT CURES

An alternative health centre based on Nature Cure, Oranic Food, Yoga and Kerala Massage is run by the institute.

Every year around 2000 patients are treated in this centre.

PRAKRUTIK AHAR KENDRA

The organization runs a sale outlet at Sewagram that sells organic grains, cereals, pulses, gud and processed food articles. All these organic materials are procured from the local farmers practicing organic farming with Magan Sangrahalaya. The processed food items are manufactured by Self Help Groups. For the visitors the outlet provides hot organic meal made from organic season vegetables, coarse grain and fresh oil. The beverages contain herbal tea, coffee and drinks made from flowers.

WARDHA WARDHAN – EXPOSITION OF ORGANIC PRODUCTS A week long annual fair is organized by the institute where NGOs, activist groups, farmers, artisans and artists display, demonstrate, and sell their products. It also provides a platform for all these groups to interact with each other.

For general public, it gives an opportunity to know about alternative living, eco-friendly products, ideas and methods to conserve nature and meet people who have pioneered to evolve new alternatives. Here, the people are exposed to alternative products and processes such as organic food; alternative fuel; alternative sources of energy, alternative to multinational products, alternatives to chemical products; herbal medicines as alternative to allopathic drugs etc. It include a culture which emphasizes the use of natural products, their beneficial proprieties vis-à-vis chemical based products.

It serves as a market for ecologically sound products where competition and commercialism is replaced by common sense and compassion.

In the years 2004 and 2005, CAPART assisted the institution to organize Gram Shree Mela where 150 organizations from 22 states participated. Around 70,000 people from Wardha and surrounding villages also visited this exposition.