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Victoria Memorial Hall set for new-age light-and-sound shows

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Armed with cutting-edge technology, Victoria Memorial Hall is launching two brand new light-and-sound shows, scrapping the earlier one, for visitors from mid-February. This is part of an array of programmes and events that the ministry of culture has lined up to celebrate the centenary of Victoria Memorial.

One of the shows is on Netaji, since his 125th birth anniversary is also being celebrated this year. The other show might be a story on Kolkata, its beginnings and its space in the history of British India and the subsequent nationalist movement. The authorities are in the final stages of finalizing the contents and narrative of the second show. They are ready to start with the show on Netaji.

Unlike the style that was used in the earlier light-and-sound shows, where a single narrative ran through the entire length, punctuated with anecdotes and stories that branched from it, this one is almost like a film where the narrative progresses through conversations, interspersed with real-life recordings. Azad Hind Radio, that Netaji started in 1942 in Germany to speak to the freedom fighters here, has been used as a character in the show, the other being Netaji himself. These are voice overs. A team from the National School of Drama did the background research and prepared the script, which has been made in English, Bangla and Hindi. The show has been created by a consortium of Modern Stage Services and Tricolour India Schauspiel.

The eastern facade of Victoria Memorial has been chosen for the show, which is not just a digital light-and-sound show but one that uses projection mapping, which is a cutting edge technology and is yet to be used in any monument in the country. “Unlike a flat projection, the technology that we are using can turn any object into a screen and there would be no distortion when the image is projected on the walls. A 3D object is spatially mapped on the virtual programme and that mimics the real environment it is to be projected on,” said Jayanta Sengupta, curator of Victoria Memorial.

Source: TimesofIndia

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