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Digital museum at Red Fort before C'wealth

Quit India Movement and Mahatma Gandhi's eventful life will come alive in an interactive multimedia format at the first digital museum in a historic monument in New Delhi. The museum at Red Fort is estimated to cost around Rs 14 crores.

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2008 17:42 IST

The first war of independence, Quit India Movement and Mahatma Gandhi's eventful life will come alive in an interactive multimedia format at the first digital museum in a historic monument in New Delhi. <b1>

The museum at Red Fort is estimated to cost around Rs 14 crores.

The digital museum, first of its kind in a historic monument, will be ready before the Commonwealth Games, Leena Nandan, Joint Secretary, Tourism Ministry told PTI.

"Important events during India's independence struggle between 1857 and 1947 will be featured in an interactive multimedia format," Nandan said, adding there would also be many innovative artefacts at the museum.

Red Fort, which has been declared as World Heritage Site, already hosts sound and light shows.

Envisioned as a virtual museum, it will utilise latest advances in interactive multimedia, interactive devices to create a memorial and learning environment for people to access the historical events and interpretations of the Indian freedom struggle, she said.

Interactive devices, for example, the e-charkha, which when spun, play back projections on the meaning of Swadeshi and Sarvodaya.

"The digital museum will be an added attraction to draw visitors. It will provide people with an opportunity to learn through touching and feeling with narratives of the freedom struggle and its heroes, Nandan said.