Special Correspondent

Guntur (Amaravathi): Archaeological Society of India has embarked on digitisation of all the valuable artefacts of 2nd Century BC preserved at a dedicated Buddhist museum here to create a credible scientific database for the researchers.

The world’s only museum dedicated to Buddhist Architecture on the land where Amaravathi School of Sculpting originated and spread world over, will no more be a distant dream for lakhs of people who cannot make it to the place physically and even those visit the museum can have a better understanding, according to ASI Superintending Archaeologist D. Jithendra Das.

Renowned writer and Bangalore-based Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty formally inaugurated the Digitisation Project by switching on the digitised templates of one of the galleries of the museum. Impressed by the quality and nature of work, she was amazed at the way ASI Amaravathi museum was taking interest in preserving the exhibits and also digitising the related information for the posterity.

Describing the arrangement at the museum better than those found in Karnataka, she said the story-telling aspect of the digitisation project was outstanding, which would draw larger audience to the great monument Maha Stupa next to the museum here.

Digitisation of the objects at Amaravathi was being taken up by combining high-quality still visuals and related text in the templates to allow researchers in Buddhism to have a free and authentic access to the original data available here, explained Assistant Superintending Archaeologist D. Kanna Babu.

He told The Hindu that once completed audio would added to these templates in English, Telugu and Hindi and LCD shows would be conducted on the lawns of the museum.