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Google Unveils ‘Unheard Stories’ of Trailblazing Indian Women. And They’re Breathtaking.

The digital exhibition that went online on Nov. 19 showcases photos, videos, and digital illustrations capturing the stories of inspirational Indian women.

The latest offering by Google Arts and Culture (an initiative of the search giant to make art digitally accessible) is an online exhibition that promises to introduce viewers to “women who have changed Indian culture forever.”

The digital collection, unveiled on November 19, is called Unheard Stories; it features over 2000 items like artwork, photographs and videos, which offer a glimpse into the life and contributions of some trailblazing Indian women.

A screen grab of the digital exhibition.
A screen grab of the digital exhibition.

“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,” Luisella Mazza, Head of Operations at the Google Cultural Institute, said in a statement.

The exhibition draws on 2500 years of Indian history and has sourced materials from 26 cultural institutions across the country. Here, you can learn about Rakhmabai Raut, the first practising female Indian doctor, trace the life story of social reformer Savitribai Phule, or get the facts on Muthulakshmi Reddi, India’s first woman legislator.  The scope of the collection is panoramic, capturing stories of artists, royalty, social activists, and political leaders. Also, it is not limited to women of the past; it showcases the work of contemporary Indian women as well.

The stories are not just told through flat images. There are 360-degree views of historical monuments dedicated to women.

A screen grab of the website.
A screen grab of the website.

The site also has gigapixel images, composed of one billion pixels, which make it possible to zoom in and view high-resolution close-ups of paintings.

The exhibition is not just an attempt to highlight the contribution of women to India’s rich cultural traditions but also an invitation to explore more deeply some of the work and collections that are on display on the platform.

“It is our ongoing effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations,” Luisella said.

Visit the website here.

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