Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils an art installation during
inauguration of ‘Ghare-Baire’- an exhibition of art in Bengal from 18th till 20th century, in Kolkata on Saturday. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar is also seen. (PTI)
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said several important aspects of the country’s history were overlooked by historians who wrote about it after Independence without delving deeply into the subject. One of the key aspects of nation-building is to preserve the country’s heritage, he said. “We want to show before the world our country’s heritage, wan to make India a hub of heritage tourism. Five iconic museums of the country will be developed to international standard, starting with the Indian Museum in Kolkata,” the prime minister said. Modi dedicated to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings of the city - the Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House and the Victoria Memorial Hall.
“It is unfortunate that during the British rule and even after independence, the history that was written overlooked several important chapters,” he said. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in a writing in 1903 had said India’s history is not that what students study for examinations, Modi said while addressing a programme at the Old Currency Building. “Some people came from outside, killed their own relatives, brothers for the sake of throne... Is not our history.
This was said by Gurudev himself. He had said in this history, it is not mentioned what the people of the country was doing. Didn’t they have any existence?” he said. Five iconic museums will be made of international standards, says Modi: PM Modi on Saturday stated that five iconic museums of the country, including Indian Museum of Kolkata, will be made of international standards. “It has been decided that five iconic museums of the country will be made of international standards.
This project will start from the Indian Museum of Kolkata, one of the oldest museums in the world,” Prime Minister said. Modi said it is effort of the Central Government to put the “cultural potential of India in a new shape in front of the world so that India can become a big centre of heritage tourism in the world.” “The renovation work to modernise the four iconic galleries of Kolkata, including Belvedere House, Old Currency Building, Victoria Memorial, has been completed. Our efforts are in the direction to convert Belvedere House into a Museum of the world.” PM inaugurates sound and light show at Howrah Bridge: PM Modi on Saturday inaugurated a sound and light show at the iconic Howrah Bridge from the Millenium Park on the banks of the Ganga here. The 2.5 minute show and sound system is installed at the Millenium Park and is part of a project of the KoPT’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The show will replace the existing decorative lighting with 650 power-efficient LED and spotlight fittings for a programmable multi-colour lighting, including a show that will sync with music. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Minister of Shipping (independent charge) Mansukh Mandaviya were also present at the glittering programme organised by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) at the park, which is situated about 2 km from the bridge.