Hyderabad – The Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad Circle, hosted the foundation ceremony for the proposed National Museum of Epigraphy at the Salarjung Museum’s Western Block. The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Culture, and DoNER, G. Kishan Reddy, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, joined by eminent epigraphists Dr. N. S. Rama Chandra Murthy and T. S. Ravishanker.
The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the dignitaries, followed by the unveiling of the plaque. Gurmeet Singh Chawla, Additional Director General, ASI, New Delhi, provided insights into the upcoming museum. Dr. N. S. Rama Chandra Murthy stressed the importance of a dedicated research cell for epigraphical studies, while Shri T. S. Ravishanker shared his extensive experience in epigraphical research.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest G. Kishan Reddy recounted the conceptualization of the National Museum of Epigraphy, expressing gratitude for the Prime Minister’s support. He highlighted the significance of establishing the museum at the Salar Jung Museum premises. The Hon’ble Minister provided insights into the Pradhan Mantri Sangrahalaya’s development and announced the upcoming National Science Centre (Science Museum) in Hyderabad.
Emphasizing the role of digital technology, Reddy envisioned integrating AR, VR, and AI for museum displays. He assured the public of the museum’s readiness in six months and encouraged the younger generation to engage in epigraphic studies. The Chief Guest commended the Archaeological Survey of India and Salar Jung Museum teams for their contributions.
Vasant Kumar Swarnakar, Director (Museum), ASI, New Delhi, presented a brief on the digital technology incorporated in the upcoming museum. Dr. K. Muniratnam extended the vote of thanks. The event witnessed a diverse audience, including researchers, officials, and numerous students.
The foundation ceremony marked a significant step towards preserving and showcasing India’s rich epigraphical heritage, a testament to collaborative efforts in the realm of cultural preservation and education.