Sikh history projected
INDIA: In the Rupnagar district of the state of Punjab lies the town of Anandpur Sahib, which is often referred to as ‘the holy City of Bliss’. The holy town is closely linked with the religious traditions and history of Sikhism, and to preserve this, serves as the home of the Virasat-e-Khalsa, also known as the Khalsa Heritage Complex. Virasat-e-Khalsa can best be described as a museum that contains over 500 years of Sikh history, showcasing the heritage of the Khalsa – the name given to the collective body of all initiated Sikhs.
The facility, which was designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, is formed of two complexes separated by a ravine. A bridge allows visitors to pass from one side of the ravine to the other as they explore the exhibition galleries, two-storey research and reference library and rare archival materials storage facility, and attend seminars in the 400-seat auditorium.
To assist in immersing visitors in the exhibits, Virasat-e-Khalsa has recently been installed with a range or projectors that have been setup to provide projections onto large, curved surfaces, as well as for projection mapping applications across the galleries throughout the two complexes. Having provided similar solutions for a number of large projection projects across India, such as the DS Group Corporate Museum in Noida and the Fountain of Oneness at Nirankari Sarovar Complex in Delhi, New Delhi-based design house Designhabit was contracted. During those previous projects Designhabit had utilised solutions from Christie to much success, which led to the deployment of 40 of the manufacturer’s projectors at Virasat-e-Khalsa.
‘We were given spaces as high as 18m and galleries of large volumes. With the extraordinary historical, emotive, spiritual, cultural content available, we decided to make it a dynamic, storytelling museum,’ recalls Designhabit managing director, Amardeep Behl. ‘We carefully integrated the Christie projectors into the exhibits and complemented them with meticulously designed art and composed music to create an emotional impact and immersive experience for visitors.’
The 40 projectors that the design house implemented comprised 29 of Christie’s M Series 3DL models and 11 G Series 1DLP units. The results have reportedly impressed the client and visitors.
‘We are very pleased with the performance and reliability of the Christie projectors used in the various exhibition zones,’ says Mr Behl. ‘The visuals have added more depth and dimension in telling the story of Sikhism and the birth of the Khalsa. I’m confident that visitors will be enchanted by these exhibits that feature visual, sound and light effects.’
‘Virasat-e-Khalsa is a world class museum that depicts Punjab culture and the history of Sikhism, and is fast becoming one of the most popular museums in the world,’ adds Christie India general manager, Michael Bosworth. ‘We’re honored that the museum has chosen our state-of-the-art G Series and M Series projection systems to be installed in the many exhibition galleries to showcase the rich heritage of the Khalsa community and the history and culture of the Punjab. Designhabit has done a marvelous job of integrating our visual solutions with traditional history and heritage, which in turn inspires visitors with a renewed relevance of the message of the great Sikh gurus for the world today.’