SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage

SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage

      HEADLINES:

The first ever SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage commences today

      WHY IN NEWS:

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chair of the SCO Council of Heads of Government in 2020, unveils the Exhibition

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Culture
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Culture : Buddhism

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS open your computer/laptop and get ready for a virtual tour of Museums. For Prelims note down all the art forms showcased by India in your Prelims book . It is important for Prelims 2021

For MAINS after you go through all the antiquities in the museum you can draw a timeline of events from Buddha’s life . That is a perfect way to keep your notes updated . Let us dive in !

      ISSUE: 

Exhibition presents Buddhist art antiquities from SCO countries on a single platform through state of art technologies

SCO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ON SHARED BUDDHIST HERITAGE

SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage

  • The first ever SCO Online Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage was launched during the 19th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (SCO CHG).

DEVELOPERS AND CURATORS

This SCO online International exhibition, first ever of its kind, is developed and curated by National Museum, New Delhi.

  • The international exhibition is in active collaboration with SCO member countries.

FEATURES

The exhibition deploys state of the art technologies like 3D scanning, webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation and narration methodology etc.

  • Visitors can take a virtual tour of art from SCO countries on a single platform and from the comfort of their home.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • Buddhist philosophy and art of Central Asia connects Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries to each other.
  • This online international exhibition presents an excellent opportunity for visitors to access, appreciate and compare Buddhist art antiquities.

Such transnational online exhibition also has potential to connect, heal and rejuvenate communities in current pandemic times. 

  • The international exhibition gives a glimpse of the artistic wealth displayed in various museums across Asia.
  • It represents the artistic excellence embedded within an eclectic historical timeline spanning across the development of different Schools of Buddhism.

PARTICIPANTS

The participating institutions are

  • National Museum (New Delhi)
  • Indian Museum (Kolkata)
  • National Museum of Kazakhstan
  • Dun Huang Academy (China)
  • National Historical Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Museums of Pakistan
  • State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (Russia)
  • National Museum and National Museum of Antiquities Tajikistan
  • Renowned archaeological sites of Uzbekistan.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MUSEUM HALL

The visitors can explore the Indian Buddhist treasures from the Gandhara and Mathura Schools, Nalanda, Amaravati, Sarnathetc. in a 3D virtual format.

  • The Pakistan hall depicts the life of Gautama Buddha and Buddhist Art through a collection of impressive Gandhara art objects from Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar museums.

These include fasting Siddhartha and footprint of Buddha from Sikri, meditating Buddha from Sahri Bahloi, miracle of Sravasti from Gandhara etc.

  • Over 100 objects from State Oriental Art Museum, Moscow, depict the Buddhist Buriyat Art of Russia through icons, ritual objects, monastery traditions etc.
  • The Dunhuang Academy of China contributed a rich digital collection on Buddhist Art from Dunhunag .
  • It includes ingenious architecture, resplendent murals, decorative designs, costumes etc.

The marvels of Buddhist art from ancient Termez, Karatepa, Fayaztepa heritage sites can be seen in the Uzbekistan hall. 

  • The exhibition also showcases rare Buddhist art objects from various heritage sites and museums of Kazakhstan and Kyrygstan.

The prime attraction of Tajikistan hall is the 13 meter long reclining – ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ from Ajina-Tepa.
 

  • National Museum, New Delhi has unfolded a new dimension in museum experiences by developing this online 3D virtual exhibition.
  • The Prime Minister of India, in his Maan Ki Baat has lauded National Museum, New Delhi for its innovative efforts of using technology in cultural sector.

NATIONAL MUSEUM- NEW DELHI

  • It is under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

COLLECTIONS

It is the premier museum of India that houses an impressive collection of more than 6000 artefacts in its 25+ large halls.

  • Established in 1949, the museum boasts of possessing a whopping 206,000 artworks, both Indian and foreign origin.

EXTENSIVE RANGE

Museum covers an extensive range from the prehistoric times to modern works of art.

  • It traces the rich cultural heritage of not only India but nations across the world, from over 5000 years ago.

ARTEFACTS

  • The two-storeyed museum building has earmarked halls to display antiques of different periods and genres.

It covers departments like Pre-History, Archaeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Textiles and Numismatics.

  • It also has wide collection of Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Anthropology, Pre-Columbian American and Western Art .
  • The museum is an unparalleled blend of the glorious past and the wondrous present.

STATE OF ART TECHNOLOGY

  • National Museum, New Delhi has always been at the forefront of adoption of State of the Art Technology in the museum sector.

The museum has commissioned a Virtual Experiential Museum on Ajanta (VEMA), the first of its kind in India. 

  • The museum has also digitized many of its objects for wider access.
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      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The exhibition can be accessed at https://nmvirtual.in/ for worldwide viewing.

INDIAN MUSEUM LINK – https://nmvirtual.in/India

RUSSIA MUSEUM LINK – https://nmvirtual.in/Virtual_Tour/Russia/

TAJIKISTAN MUSEUM LINK – https://nmvirtual.in/Virtual_Tour/CentralAsia/?id=TB

CHINESE MUSEUM LINK – http://public.dha.ac.cn/zhuanti/slmz/

PAKISTAN MUSEUM LINK – https://nmvirtual.in/Virtual_Tour/Pakistan/

KAZAKHSTAN MUSEUM LINK – https://nmvirtual.in/Virtual_Tour/CentralAsia/?id=KZ

NATIONAL MUSEUM,NEW DELHI :  http://www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in/en

     SOURCES:  PIB  | SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage | UPSC

 

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