New Delhi, September 4 2015: The Google Cultural Institute has made available new online content in an ongoing effort to digitize and share the best of India’s heritage with the world. This includes material from 10 new partner institutions across the country: the Salar Jung Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata, Dastkari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Kalakriti Archives, Heritage Transport Museum, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams, and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Together with new exhibitions from long-standing partners such as the National Museum, over 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits have been added to Google’s platform. The collection showcases a wide range of treasures that embody the country’s unique heritage, from ancient architecture to modern day contemporary art. The collection also includes 26 new virtual tours of famous sites such as the Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple and the royal saloon that once was part of the Palace on Wheels, which were captured using Google’s Street View technology.
In an effort to make the content even more accessible, Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Heritage Transport Museum and Kalakriti Archives are launching mobile apps built by the Cultural Institute to showcase their exhibits. In addition, Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Kalakriti Archives, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams will use the Cultural Institute’s embedding technologies to deliver these virtual exhibits on their own websites.
Says Mahesh Sharma, Indian Minister of State of Tourism and Culture:"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."
Adds Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google South East Asia and India."Google is committed to preserving and breathing new life into cultural treasures around the world. India is brimming with a wealth of art, heritage and history. It has been our privilege to help iconic Indian institutions bring their rich collections online using the power of technology. When technology, art and heritage come together, the results are truly fascinating,” said
Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2012 in India with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi as initial partners. Today the Cultural Institute works with 18 institutions to showcase the best of Indian art and culture.
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