A ‘fahua’-lid jar from China, Panini’s grammar book “Ashtadhyayi,” from India, and certified original copies of the US Charters of Freedom are among the historic objects on exhibit at the Bharat Mandapam as part of a G20 “culture corridor.”
The groundbreaking project was announced on Saturday in conjunction with the summit’s start.
On the same level as the leaders’ meetings, a display of artifacts in both real and digital form has been put up. They passed via this passageway when they entered and exited the top chamber.
Top international leaders attended the two-day G20 Summit, which wrapped on Sunday. After the gathering on Saturday, a New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration was approved.
Under India’s G20 Presidency, the Union Ministry of Culture envisioned the “Culture Corridor – G20 Digital Museum” as a “phygital” initiative.
Several artifacts are being shown in the “culture corridor,” including manuscripts of the Rig Veda from India, a rare copy of the Magna Carta from the UK, and an anamorphic digital version of the Mona Lisa, a 16th-century Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece on display at the Louvre in Paris.
After the summit, the tunnel would be made accessible to the public, officials had said earlier this month.
According to a source, “India’s G20 presidency theme is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakum’ and with this international project, we are walking the talk that the world is one family as we will display cultural objects from all 20 members and nine invited countries as part of this ‘culture corridor’, envisioned as a G20 legacy project, a’museum in the making’,” earlier.
A physical object of cultural significance, a “iconic cultural masterpiece” in digital format, high-resolution digital content depicting each country’s intangible heritage, and natural heritage were the four categories under which India requested submissions from each G20 member as part of this project, which was conceptualized about six months ago.
According to the source, the actual items were lent out for a brief time.
The fifth phase of the “culture corridor” initiative, which asked each G20 member and invited countries for a “ancient artefact related to democratic practices” in physical or digital format, was added to coincide with the hosting of an exhibition with the subject “Mother of Democracy” to commemorate the summit.
The ancient grammar book “Ashtadhyayi” by Panini, which was obtained from the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University, Delhi, was shown by India under the category of culturally significant objects. The Rig Veda manuscript is on exhibit in the category of democratic practices artifacts.
According to the official, digital displays of the around 30,000-year-old Bhimbhetka cave paintings from Madhya Pradesh are included in the category of renowned cultural masterpieces.
The US is distributing “original copies of the Charters of Freedom,” which have been authorized by the US government, under the category of artifacts relevant to democratic processes.
The United States Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights are three important US texts from the 18th century that are mentioned in the Charters of Freedom.
According to a source, “this project will have an afterlife and it will be preserved in a digital form in a portal, also containing digital images of the physical objects,” when India’s tenure as G20 president expires.
“We will be happy to offer it to countries subsequently assuming presidency (of the bloc),” he said.