Google’s cultural arm, ‘Google Arts and Culture’, has unveiled a new virtual exhibition — Women in India: Unheard Stories.

The project celebrates the lives of Indian women over the past 2,500 years, and features more than 1,800 paintings, videos and photographs from 26 cultural institutions around the country — all for free. 

“This project is an effort to recognise the impact of Indian women in history and their impact on culture and while looking at where we are, we also wanted to look forward and inspire women and leaders of the future,” said Luisella Mazza, Head of Operations at Google Cultural Institute, while speaking at the launch.

Here are some highlights of the immersive exhibit:

1. It has put together some interesting collections like ‘Women Poets of the Subcontinent,’ ‘Maharanis: Women of Royal India’ and ‘Women During Partition’. Users can read short histories, and browse through images of each of the women showcased.

Source: Google Virtual Exhibit, Women In Partition Collection
Source: Google Virtual Exhibit, Women In Partition Collection

2. It features stories of women dating back as far as the the 1st century BC. Some featured stories include: the illustrated tale of the first practising woman doctor in India, Savitribai Phule, and the story of Rakhmabai, a woman who opened the first school for girls in India.

Rakhmabai first practicing woman doctor
Source: Illustrated story of Rakhmabai

3. You can also explore legendary locations using Google’s 360 degree camera feature. Sites include Queen Udayamati’s palace, the Taj Mahal, and the site of Begum Hazrat Mahal’s seige of the British in the Revolt of 1857. It is a remarkable experience, and every reader must try it out!

Queen Udayamati Castle

Source: Screenshot of Google’s 360 degree view of Queen Udayamati’s Palace

4. Google’s latest innovation, The Art Camera – a robotic, custom-built camera is able to capture hundreds of high resolution close-ups of the paintings. Users can deepen their understanding of a painting or photograph by analysing its minutest details.

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