Continuing with its plan to beautify major heritage spots, the state tourism department has taken up a Rs 5-crore project to install musical LED lights at four such places in the city.
Those identified spots include Victoria Memorial Hall, Nakhoda Masjid, St Paul's Cathedral, and Town Hall.
The light and sound show
A collaborative initiative of state tourism department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the beautification drive will see Victoria Hall getting Rs 3 crore to help install musical LED lights, while Rs 50 lakh, Rs 45 lakh and Rs 35 lakh have been set apart for the other three, respectively. The department has also set aside Rs 1.13 crore for the development of Nimtala Ghat.
When contacted, state tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury said "the beautification project was started months ago".
"First we identified some important heritage spots where we can introduce light and sound shows depicting historical events to attract tourists. Musical lights will be installed in all these places. Plans are on to take this drive to some historic places in Malda, too."
Significantly, the tourism department and the KMC had earlier spent around Rs 7 crore in beautifying the Dalhousie Square area, which is often termed the city's Central Business District.
The 'Lal Dighi' lake in front of the Writers' Building in Dalhousie square was cleaned with boating facilities brought in for the tourists, as reported by Team M3.tv earlier.
To read more about the heritage sites in Kolkata, check our lead story from earlier this month.
Digital archive for Victoria Memorial
All the events from seminars to art exhibitions at the iconic Victoria Memorial will henceforth be videographed.
“Edited highlights of these videos will be uploaded on YouTube, and may be on Facebook, in a month’s time. The idea is to take Victoria to people around the world, who cannot visit it,” said Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator, Victoria Memorial.
The museum, which boasts of its possessions such as the original manuscript of Ain-I-Akbari, the world’s third largest painting titled 'The Jaipur Procession', Salvador Dali's original artwork, and over 160 works of Abanindranath Tagore among many more prized artifacts, needs to reach out the masses so that they can treat their eyes and enhance their pool of knowledge. We hope the efforts being made will help in this aspect.
The video clips expected to be around three to eight minutes will be included in a video archive as records. Each event can have several clips.
There has been no documentary made on Victoria memorial. The authorities are in talks with Prasar Bharati to commission the first documentary on the 93 year old structure of artistic excellence.
“We are deliberating on the length and content of the documentary at present. The length could be anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes. In terms of content, there could the history of the making of Victoria Memorial and highlights of the rich collection, a lot of which one cannot see by just walking in the hall but is displayed periodically,” said Sengupta.
The endeavour is a part of Victoria's three year long project meant to re-brand the museum and art gallery. The ministry of culture has allocated 90 crore rupees for renovation works in the galleries, lighting system and administrative offices.