Rashtrapati Bhavan now a converging place of history and tech

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New Delhi | Published: September 30, 2016 7:13:21 PM

Days of cramming history are a passe as a visual treat awaits enthusiasts on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan museum complex where a convergence of technology and history will chronicle the life and works of the present and the former presidents of the country.

The rich flora and fauna of the President's Estate will be showcased in a high-tech gallery which re-creates animal sounds providing a natural ambience. (PTI)The rich flora and fauna of the President’s Estate will be showcased in a high-tech gallery which re-creates animal sounds providing a natural ambience. (PTI)

Days of cramming history are a passe as a visual treat awaits enthusiasts on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan museum complex where a convergence of technology and history will chronicle the life and works of the present and the former presidents of the country.

The museum complex which opens from Sunday is spread across three buildings–Garages Museum, Clock Tower, Stables Museum.

An initiative of President Pranab Mukherjee, the museum complex is equipped with state-of-the-art holographic projections and 4D screens recounting the life and works of the presidents of the country.

To support the interactive demonstration there are various flip books through which visitors can learn about the events on an e-book. Copies of the Constitution in both Hindi and English are there in the form of flip books.

The rich flora and fauna of the President’s Estate will be showcased in a high-tech gallery which re-creates animal sounds providing a natural ambience.

The museum also consists of a virtual reality room where one can enjoy a walk with Mahatma Gandhi and a 3D theatre to display a 10 minute film about his role in the freedom movement.

It also has a replica of the President’s study where he meets the visitors and signs documents. The museum visitors can also click picture with the President with the help of the virtual technology.

The museum has a representation of the 11 Murti named March to Freedom showing the beginning of the freedom movement.

The entire freedom movement from 1905 to 1947 is displayed with the help of statues and is supported by flip books where one can read about particular events, starting from Bengal Partition to Independence of India and creation of Pakistan.

“The museum was made in 18 months which include the planning as well. All the works were done by local India artists,” said Anjali B M Bakshi, Officer on Special Duty in the President’s Secretariat.

The museum showcases, in separate windows, personal belongings of all 13 Presidents, giving a glimpse into their lifestyle, choice of clothes and habits.

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