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Prahalad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, inaugurated first-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar, the 12th-century monument, in New Delhi. Now with bottom to top illumination, the architectural beauty of historic Qutb Minar will display its historic majesty after sunset.
This step towards promotion of tourism is in line with Prime Minister’s goal of doubling foreign and domestic tourists in next 5 years.
Objective behind illuminating historic monuments: To showcase monuments during late evenings, thereby enhancing visitor experience.
A total of 358 technologically advanced LED lights have been used to highlight architectural beauty including arches and minarets of Qutb Minar. These will consume 62% less electricity than conventional light fixtures.
New illumination comprises lighting that accentuates the silhouette of monument with interplay of light and shade. The monument will be illuminated from 7 pm to 11 pm.
Significance: Qutb Minar complex is a true reflection of India’s culture and contains history of several eras, therefore illumination of this magnificent monument will highlight true beauty of its elements and will not only increase the footfall of visitors but also benefit communities around it.
To highlight archaeological magnificence of India’s historical monuments, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up the project to illuminate important monuments of Delhi. The illumination of Red Fort, Purana Qila, Safdarjung Tomb and Humayun’s Tomb has already been completed and Tughlakabad Fort is also expected to be illuminated in coming time.
Also, as part of efforts to increase footfall in evening, public entry timings at Safdarjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort have been extended to 9 pm and Qutb Minar is already open till 10 pm.
Qutb Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and is one of most visited historical site in national capital.
A cultural event called ‘Namaste Pacific’ to showcase in India the culture of Pacific countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji was held in New Delhi. The event was jointly organized by High Commissions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji.
Key Highlights of Event
Participants: Event saw participation of members of diplomatic community, government officials, business leaders, and cultural personalities.
International Solar Alliance and Pollinate Energy based in India, Nepal, and Australia and solar lanterns from Barefoot College in Rajasthan were also showcased at event.
Cuisine: Among the cuisine showcased at the event, a curated menu included Fiji’s national drink ‘Kava’ and dishes slow-cooked in an earth oven using heated rocks in a pit oven specially dug for purpose at New Zealand High Commission.
Traditional masks and artefacts from Papua New Guinea as well as Pacific Green furniture and other products from Fiji were also displayed.
Artist: A multi-award-winning R&B and soul artist from New Zealand named Aaradhna, performed with her band. She is part Indian and part Samoan and has to her credit four individual albums.
Cultural events hold importance as they encourage people to people links between India and countries in Pacific region which receive a boost through an event like Namaste Pacific.
Why India? India being highly respected among pacific country and as it is becoming an important country in Pacific region, it is appropriate to celebrate Pacific culture in India. Such event is an example of things that unite the countries of Indo-Pacific.