The story of the ethos of a democratic India was presented at the G20 Summit venue with elements drawn from its rich civilizational heritage and cutting-edge digital technologies.
Titled ‘Bharat: Mother of Democracy’, the exhibition showcases texts and images of ancient scriptures depicted on digital panels. It was installed in Hall 14 of the Bharat Mandapam complex where the G20 summit was held on Saturday.
The same hall also housed the offices of the delegates, many of whom had the opportunity to view a technology-based exhibition on ancient Indian heritage.
Visitors are greeted by an AI-generated “avatar” of a woman wearing a traditional Indian dress.
“It gestures with a folded hand and the visitor can choose one of the 16 global languages in which they want the avatar to greet them verbally,” a source told PTI.
Those languages include English, French Mandarin, Italian, Korean and Japanese, he added.
The exhibition showcases India’s democratic traditions from the “Vedic period to the modern era”, they said.
Text content is available in “16 global languages” along with audio. The story of India’s democratic ethos has been “condensed and retold through 26 interactive screens” spread over several kiosks.
A huge digital screen has been installed on which the name of the exhibition is displayed in several foreign languages.
The display also features some of India’s iconic heritage sites, including Hawa Mahal from Jaipur, Taj Mahal from Agra, India Gate from New Delhi, India Gate from Mumbai, Sanchi Stupa from Madhya Pradesh, Meenakshi Temple from Tamil Nadu and the Statue of Unity from Gujarat.
Images and texts taken from ancient texts and canons of Hinduism such as the Vedas, Buddhism and democratic values embedded in the legacy of the rules of ancient kings have been depicted in detailed digital artworks.
The exhibition also celebrates the wisdom embedded in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
In the exhibition area, in the center of the hall, a replica of the sculpture of the Harappan girl is placed on a rotating elevated podium.
The actual height of the object is 10.5 cm, but the 5 feet tall and 120 kg bronze replica was created by renowned sculptor Ram Sutar.
India’s electoral traditions were also showcased right up to the modern era, when after independence in 1951-52. the first general elections were held until 2019. Lok Sabha elections.
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