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Business News/ News / India/  International Museum Day: PM Modi to inaugurate International Museum Expo today. Details here

International Museum Day: PM Modi to inaugurate International Museum Expo today. Details here

PM Modi is set to inaugurate mega museum expo on May 18 and unveil 'virtual walkthrough' of upcoming museum at North, South Blocks

PM Modi to inaugurate International Museum Expo on May 18Premium
PM Modi to inaugurate International Museum Expo on May 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate a three-day international museum exposition and unveil a "virtual walkthrough" of the upcoming national museum at the British-era North and South Blocks. The event is part of the second phase of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and coincides with International Museum Day.

The International Museum Expo will be held at Pragati Maidan from May 18-20, and it is expected to see participation from around 1,200 museums from India and various other countries.

 The expo will feature three exhibitions, including a display of 75 "star objects" -- artefacts drawn from illustrious collections of over 25 museums and institutions across India; exhibitions of covers of books and publications from the pre-Independence era, and an exhibition of the Ragamala Series.

"These 75 star objects include a mix of original physical artefacts, replica of original artefacts and digital versions sent by some museums which could not send physical ones for the expo," a senior official said on Wednesday.

Museums are taking part from India and various other countries through multiple segments like exhibitions, masterclasses, techno-mela, among others.

Notable international museums participating in the event include the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Hopp Museum of Budapest, the Pushkin Museum of Russia, and a museum from Abu Dhabi.

From India, museums like the National Museum in New Delhi, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, and the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in Bhopal will take part.

The aim of the expo is to foster a comprehensive dialogue on museums and their role as cultural centers in India's cultural diplomacy, the PMO said on Tuesday. 

During the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Modi will unveil the mascot of the expo, an image of the prehistoric dancing girl (found from Mohenjo-daro) stylized in Channapatna toys form, a graphic novel on museum, a directory of Indian museums, a pocket map of Kartavya Path, and a deck of 75 cards featuring various museums in India.

Additionally, the prime minister will launch a "virtual walkthrough" offering a glimpse into the upcoming National Museum at North Block and South Block, to be called Yuge Yugeen Bharat National Museum. An app-based video game called 'Indian Museum Tycoon' will be launched as well.

A handbook on conservation, a pictorial bibliography on museums, will also be released during the expo, a senior official had earlier said.

The event will feature masterclasses, thematic panel discussions, and oral storytelling sessions, including 'Dastangoi' and 'Dastaan-e-Ajaib'. 

Participants from countries like the UK, the US, France, and Russia, as well as culture and tourism ministers from various parts of the country are expected to take part in the expo, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Culture, Mugdha Sinha earlier said.



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Updated: 18 May 2023, 07:16 AM IST
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