Vadya Vithika is a Museum of Musical Instruments which has been designed by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata. More than three hundred musical instruments have been displayed in the museum in four different sections - Percussion instruments (Avanadhhya Vadya), String instruments (Tata Vadya), Wind instruments (Susira Vadya) and Solid instruments (Ghana Vadya). The museum comprises of tribal, folk and classical musical instruments of different communities and regions of India.
The Museum of Musical Instruments was inaugurated by Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal and Chairman of EZCC. The Vadya Vithika not only represents the musical instruments of folk and tribal communities of eastern part of India but also across the country. The prominent musical instrument displayed in Vadya Vithika showcases the rare and vanishing musical instruments from Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Bhutan, Nepal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
EZCC has identified the rare and vanishing musical instruments through surveys and interaction with artistes. This undoubtedly makes it the biggest museum of musical instruments in eastern India. Each state and community represents itself with not only the displayed musical instruments but also a detailed description of the instrument -- the community it belongs to, the region of collection, the process of making, the raw materials used and its way of playing. Along with the brief description, a picture of an artiste playing the instrument is also displayed.
The Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily.