Hyderabad: A team from the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad’s (IIT-H) department of design has created a Virtual Reality (VR) experience for an oral historical narrative of Begum Hayat Bakshi, one of the most influential historical figures of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (1518-1687), which founded Hyderabad (in 1591).
The story of Hayat Bakshi Begum is considered to be of women empowerment, given that she lived through the rule of three kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. A trailer titled, 'Ma Saheba - The queen of Hyderabad', explores 360-degree VR animation as the latest technology of film. Begum was the daughter of Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah (1580-1611), the founder of Hyderabad.
She was married to Mohammed Qutb Shah (1612-26), the nephew of (and king after) Mohammed Quli Shah. After the death of her husband, though her son Abdullah Qutb Shah (1626-71) became king, Hayat Bakshi Begum had a considerable influence over the affairs of the Golconda (or Qutb Shahi) kingdom, which was founded in 1518. The VR oral history narrative will be available for the public on 11 and 12 October in Hyderabad, as part of the ongoing (9 to 13 October) Hyderabad Design week (HDW).
The HDW, which has been organized by the Telangana government in partnership with India Design Forum (IDF) and the World Design Organisation (WDO), is being held parallelly with the World Design Assembly, which will be held in Hyderabad on 11 and 12 October.
“Using the premier technology in immersion, IIT-H developed a virtual exploratory landscape which lets the user experience the historical monuments (tombs, where the founders of Hyderabad and others from the kingdom are buried) of Qutb Shahi like never before. The use of virtual reality-based technology to preserve and explore history is a method that provides results with almost lifelike experiences," said a press release from IIT-H on Wednesday.
Speaking about the initiative, Prof. Deepak John Mathew, head, department of design, IIT-H said, “This project is initiated with the support of the Design Innovation Centre at IIT Hyderabad. The objective is to create a Visual Model of the monuments in India. This is the first attempt in this series. This will be exhibited at the airport as well as HICC during the WDO Conference. This is a fusion of art and technology."
The technology enables the viewer to visit the Qutb Shahi tombs (necropolis) from the comfort of their own location, interacting with the landscape as if almost they were physically present there. The installation aims at raising awareness about the intricate history of Hyderabad. The IIT-H’s department of design undertook a high-resolution scan of the tomb complex for the project.