Prez, PM 'walk' with Mahatma
Prez, PM 'walk' with Mahatmaindia Updated: Aug 15, 2006 02:20 IST
President APJ Abdul Kalam,Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition L.K.Advani walked joined Mahatma Gandhi at the historic “Dandi March” on Monday.
This was made possible by the high-tech virtual reality exhibit put up at the Parliament House Museum, which was inaugurated on Monday.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, former president of International Council of Museums, Paris, Saroj Ghose, who has developed the museum — 16,000 sq ft and built at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore — said, "All the leaders enjoyed walking with Mahatma Gandhi."
While President Kalam said the "museum reflected the highest level of creativity", the Prime Minister hoped that it would "serve as a link between Parliament and the people."
Singh said the museum should have a section devoted to "the role of women in the functioning of our democracy and a section on Parliament’s role in social and economic empowerment of the weaker sections".
Ghose said, "This high-tech story telling museum is the only one of its kind in the country using synchronizing sound-light video and mechanical animation with lots of computer multi media projections on large screens."
Using the latest technology of animatronics (animation with electronics) Nehru is shown delivering the Tryst of Destiny speech in the recreated Central Hall.
"We have used specialized silicon rubber to create a replica of Pandit Nehru which looks alive.The original taped speech has been cleaned for use. The movement of his lips have been perfectly synchronized along with the stretching of his arms, his neck movement, as also the blinking of his eyelids and movement of his eye-balls," he said.