The Nation Should feel proud as around 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits from India have been selected to be added to Google’s platform by the Google Cultural Institute to create an Online Museum as part of its ongoing program to digitally share the best of India’s heritage with the world. Since the establishment of Google Cultural Institute in India National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern art in Delhi has been its partners but recently 10 new firms or trust has become its partners.
The new partners are: The Salar Jung Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata, DastkariHaatSamiti, Devi Art Foundation, KiranNadar Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Kalakriti Archives, Heritage Transport Museum, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres& Ashrams, and the RamamaniIyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. The collection comprises of rich Indian heritage images and artifests. Below are just few of them.
The newly added collection displays numerous treasures ranging from the yesteryear hand carved architecture to modern day contemporary art of India that adds limelight to the country’s unique heritage making it the most significant one if compared to the heritage of other countries located across the world. In the collection 26 new virtual tours of some of the well-known establishments like Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple and the royal saloon that once was part of the Palace on Wheels have also been included with the effective use of Google’s Street View technology.
While the Google has taken such a big initiative the Indian Partner organization are not stepping the foots back, they will soon be launching apps that have been designed by the Cultural Institute so that more and more people have access to the content and exhibits of India. Not only this but also Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Kalakriti Archives, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams have planned to use the embedding technologies launched by Cultural Institute’s on their official website too to make more and more people attracted.
Amit Sood who is the Director of the Google Cultural Institute said the motto of the Cultural Institute is that more and more people across the world have access to the elegant world heritage as well as the heritage should be preserved digitally for generations to come. With a hope that global audiences should also come to know that till date India possess such an alluring Indian culture history, and art we have took India’s rich heritage online. The institute also has tried to use the effectively the new technologies so that people can venture through the Indian culture on their mobile phones itself by just downloading the app.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation was of the following view: “India has a rich heritage and culture, and it has been our endeavor to showcase this to the world. Technology will play a crucial role in transforming and building a truly Digital India, as per the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister, and getting Indian culture and heritage online will play an important role in making the vision a reality. We appreciate the contribution of the Google Cultural Institute in this regard, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership”.