Multimedia Presentation Experience of
10th Dec.1997 - 8th Jan.1998
|The artistic genres represented in the Gita Govinda experience included the music traditions of classical Hindustani and Carnatic music, congregational singing of the poem in Radhakalyanam style, devotional singing in the Guruvayoor and Puri temples. The dance styles included are Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Oddissi, Manipuri and Kathak. Many Museums graciously provided painting source materials. In order to create the content for the Multimedia Experience, Kapila Vatsyayan along with other scholars, particularly V. N. Misra, B. N. Goswamy, Premlata Sharma, Sampath Narayanan, have explained the many levels of meanings of the poem. In totality, these scholars and artists have created approximately forty giga-bytes of digital content. The Multimedia research and design activities underlying the creation of the Gita Govinda Experience was led by XEROX PARC Researcher, Ranjit Makkuni, who has developed the internationally acclaimed cultural learning exhibit on Tibetan thanka paintings exhibited at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 1989. Ranjit Makkuni built and led the Gita Govinda multimedia design laboratory, with the following core members; C. Venkatesh Manav Sehgal, Software designers; Papiha Saha, Yatish Jain, Graphic designers; R. Sarath, video producer and Amar Behl, installation designer. Neena Ranjan, IAS, Joint Secretary IGNCA and XEROX PARC's Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory Manager, Per-Kristian Halvorsen, provided the project management required for the Gita Govinda laboratory to manifest their creativity.|
The Physical and Virtual Multimedia Spaces
The Multimedia Experience was enjoyed by thousands of visitors. The overwhelming responses has inspired the IGNCA to consider holding this multimedia presentation in other parts of the world. Given below are some thought-provoking and beautiful responses:
"This fusion of thought and action has built a bridge of communication between traditional art and modern technology. That you should have chosen the Gita Govinda as the first such 'bridge' reflects in ample measure and intellectual heights that you have achieved."
Hari Shankar Singhania, President, J.K. Organisation, New Delhi
"It was a great experience to see how the rhythms of this marvellous poem echo through our country and have been transmuted from area to area in dance, music and painting. I hope this exhibition can go round in India and enrich the lives of the people by showing the essential unity of our traditions."
Ashok Desai, Attorney-General of India
"I must congratulate the IGNCA team which has put together the Gita Govinda in Multimedia in a very impressive form under your dynamic leadership. I went through the various levels of presentations with great interest and found it very user friendly and interest evolving."
Dr. Shyamal Ghosh, Secretary, Department of Electronics,Government of India
"The beauty of our culture and the power of new high technology combined with explosive creativity of your own conception made in indelible mark on my mind."
R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General,
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi
"I believe that a new dimension has been added to those of us who are trying to formulate a comprehension about Indian Culture. What is extremely important, it seems to me, is that these threads provide a much deeper insight into the identity of the subcontinent than trying to force down the idea of the Nation State. At one level its technical competence was superb, at another level it explored India in a manner never attempted before and yet at another level it began to explore the possibility of formulating, in modern times, a new form of Cultural identity to hold this ancient garden of wisdom together."
Romi Khosla, Architect
"A rare aesthetic experience successfully took us to the heights of creativity appreciation."
Dr. N. Radhakrishnan
Director, Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, New Delhi
"The technology explanation of a poem of such great truth and beauty opens up enormous possibilities for this innovative presentation."
Dr. Chitra Naik, Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi
"Fantastic! It's terrific that technology is teaching me heritage."
Ms. Vidya Viswanathan
"A mystical experience."
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