Culture is of great use in times of crisis: Modi

Vastavam web: Modi on Sunday emphasised on the use of technology in conserving heritage and also said that culture is of great use in times of crisis and plays an important role in overcoming it. Addressing the nation in the 71st edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he said that people celebrated the heritage week in innovative ways during times of coronavirus.

“A few days back, we celebrated World Heritage Week… Despite coronavirus, we witnessed people celebrating the heritage week in innovative ways. Culture is of great use in times of crisis, it plays an important role in overcoming it. Through technology, culture acts as an emotional recharge, he said. “New Delhi’s National Museum is working to introduce 10 virtual galleries. Now you will be able to take a tour of these galleries from your home, he said. Speaking further, he said: “There is an island named Svalbard in the north of Norway. A project, Arctic World Achieve has been set up on this island. Invaluable heritage data has been stored in this archive in such a manner that no natural or manmade disaster can affect it… The heritage of Ajanta Caves is also being digitised and preserved in this project.”

“I want to share some good news with you today. Every Indian will be proud to know that an ancient idol of Devi Annapurna is being brought back from Canada. Almost 100 years ago in 1913, the idol was stolen from a temple in Varanasi and was smuggled out of the country. I am grateful to the Canadian government and others who helped in accomplishing this noble mission,” he said.