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The Google Cultural Institute (GCI) has added over 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits from India, in partnership with the National Museum, reports Newsvoir. GCI will be digitising material from 10 new partner institutions, namely the Salar Jung Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata, Dastkari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Kalakriti Archives, Heritage Transport Museum, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams, and the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

The newly added content includes 26 new virtual tours of the Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple and the royal saloon, which was a part of the Palace on Wheels, along with sites that have ancient architecture and modern day contemporary art. These were captured using Google’s Street View technology.

Other foundations such as Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Heritage Transport Museum and Kalakriti Archives are also launching mobile apps, built by the Cultural Institute to show their exhibits. Kalakriti Archives, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams will use GCI’s embedding technologies to do virtual exhibits on their websites.

The GCI was launched globally in 2011 and in India in 2012, initially partnering with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. Currently, GCI works with 18 Indian institutions.

Other developments:

In March this year, Google added panoramic views of 31 monuments and Indian archaeological sites on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute. The ASI had launched a national portal for museums. Collections in all museums under its control and those under the ASI would be digitized and presented on this portal.

In August last year, Google India extended its partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) by adding 360-degree panoramic images of 76 new heritage sites to Google Maps. Additionally, 30 exhibitions of arts and historical institutions and over 1400 cultural objects from India could be viewed via the Google Cultural Institute. These exhibitions can be viewed here.