Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fort Gobindgadh Comes Alive with New Virtual Digital Technology

Virtual reality technology to take tourists on a spectacular walk down memory lane
The world famous religious and historic city of Amritsar that is known for its martyrs of Jallianwala Baugh and the Golden Temple will soon have another addition to its many wonders. The historic Fort Gobindgadh is all set for a touch of digitisation and virtual reality technology which will bring alive its rich heritage and tales of bravery. This venture is the undertaking of Actress and director Deepa Sahi through her company Maya Digital in a 15 year public private partnership with the Government of Punjab.

 A blue print of the legacy of the fort has been prepared by her team and stories and displays in the fort will bear witness to the erstwhile grandeur and rich vein of culture that Amritsar was known for.  The initial phase of the project will see half a portion of the fort being made open to the public from the 13th of December 2016.

Commenting on the project Deepa Sahi said, “Being a Punjabi I always wanted to do something to promote the varied culture of Punjab. I was working on a historic project when I got to know that Punjab Government is planning to do something about the legacy of Fort Gobingadh. When I realized that, I made a proposal to the Punjab Government and received a positive response following which I began working on the project. We have used many latest technologies to display the rich history of the Fort and its erstwhile rulers and I am sure people will like it. It is my dream that we have more tales to tell of India and wonders to talk about other than just the TajMahal.”

The idea came from the fact that today museums are just mute displays of artefacts and antiquities which are not the best testimonies to educate the youth. Generally in a museum we find clothes of the soldiers, their arms and ammunitions displayed which no longer excites the young mind. This project will look to make history alive and engaging using modern technology and virtual reality.

Visitors will take a plunge into history with the assistance of modern technology. In addition to the displays and shows, there will be a whole host of stalls, which will focus largely on Punjabi handicraft, arts and Punjabi food stalls along with cuisines of the royalty at that period. A special 3D Stereoscopic show on King Ranjeet Singh and his soldiers will also be aired in addition to multimedia shows on the history of Amritsar.

Virtual songs and dances of the time will also be presented, and as these shows are targeting today’s generation there will be new generation artists who will also perform and showcase their talent. In the second phase there will be amusement park for children, luxury tinted themes and children’s park that will be made with modern techniques.

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