The initiative for exploring world heritage and culture by Google Arts and Culture has brought exciting stories from worldwide on a single web platform. The central idea of the online portal is to exhibit the varied art and culture of humankind. The exhibition shapes up as an attempt to pay tribute to humanity’s greatest achievements in science and technology. Also, it serves as a medium to promote the people who envisioned a possibility for inventions. This initiative is known as “Once Upon A Try” exhibition. It has created a spree for the online exhibition by inviting stories from 23 countries all over the world. The online display is an attempt for soliciting stories from across 110 institutions of cultural significance. These stories highlight the millennia of major breakthroughs on earth.  The exhibition provides scope for over 1800 museums to display for people for virtually exploring art, history and wonders of the world.

The National Council of Science Museum (NCSM) headquarters, Kolkata, has represented the Indian art and culture on this global platform. The committee has weaved six interactive stories to put up four hundred exhibits on the portal. These stories provide notable insights into the heritage of India’s science and technology.

They trace the depiction of these stories back to the great civilization of Indus Valley. The exhibition explores various significant fragments of civilization. These include namely the town planning aspects of the city emphasizing on sewerage and drainage. They also put forth the concepts of standardization of bricks and food security by building granaries. The metallurgy, ornament carving and ceramic pottery practices are also notably displayed in the exhibition. Agriculture and navigation being key features of the civilization have been highly promoted.

The other exhibit introduces Ayurveda, the science of body and mind which originated during the Vedic period. They display the classics of Ayurveda namely Caraka and Sushruta Samhita. This throws light on the rich and vivid knowledge of Indians on medical and surgical accounts. The 1800-year-old profound source of knowledge has come across as a significant tool in healing. The exhibits showcase over 300 processes. It has also displayed medical equipment and instruments. The exhibit of ancient Indian science, Rasashala emphasizes the use of instruments for producing mercury and other chemical compounds.

There is also a story that depicts ancient India’s knowledge of perfumery. The advanced science has been portrayed through considerable use of cosmetics and perfumery for worship. The ancient method of hydro-distillation, for creating perfumes is being widely accepted by the world to date. The process for the same has also been displayed.

The final exhibit showcases the enriching history of music from India. It comprises wind, string and percussion instruments. It highlights India’s excellence in understanding acoustics and materials for fabrication of instruments.

The Director-General of NCSM,  Kolkata, considers the virtual platform as a remarkable initiative which would enrich people’s knowledge. The experiences derived through high-resolution images and virtual walkthroughs can significantly motivate the viewer to visit real-world expositions in the country.

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