The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is preparing to host an extraordinary exhibition entitled “Banking on World Heritage.” Curated by Ms. Rukmini Dahanukar, founder of ‘Money Talks’ and an independent scholar, this one-of-a-kind exhibition will showcase banknotes featuring world heritage sites listed by UNESCO. The exhibition aims to offer a fresh perspective on these cultural treasures and will be held at IGNCA from June 30th to July 9th, 2023. This event holds great significance as it aligns with India’s presidency of the G-20 Summit, India’s 75th year of independence, and the 50th year of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention.
Inauguration and Theme: Celebrating Universal Values
The exhibition will be inaugurated by Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture. The ceremony will be attended by High Commissioners and Ambassadors from G-20 countries. The exhibition’s theme, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth One Family One Future,” perfectly captures the exceptional universal values of world heritage.
Showcasing Global Heritage: Banknotes as Artistic Medium
This exhibition offers visitors a remarkable opportunity to witness the portrayal of UNESCO World Heritage Sites through banknotes. The G-20 member countries have contributed their currencies, making this collection a valuable representation of diverse civilizations. Each banknote serves as a miniature canvas, highlighting the grand monuments and historic wonders that have shaped our shared human history.
Educating through Currency: Connecting Culture and Humanity
Using banknotes as a medium, the exhibition aims to educate millennials and younger generations about their culture and heritage. Ms. Dahanukar’s passion for collecting banknotes has culminated in this remarkable exhibition, which brings together the rich diversity of Indian languages and reflects the unity in India’s cultural tapestry. The exhibition will demonstrate how these banknotes become a projection of India and reflect the connection between humanity and culture.
Coins: Portals to the Past
In addition to the banknote exhibition, IGNCA will organize a panel discussion featuring esteemed speakers, including Sri Sudhakar Kazar, Prof. Poonam Mahajan, Sri Ashish Chandra, Sri Anand Kothari, and Ms. Rukamini Dahanukar. The discussion will shed light on the invaluable historical insights that coins provide. Coins serve as tangible artifacts that allow us to reconstruct ancient Indian history, providing glimpses into the reigns of kings, economic systems, the extent of empires, trade routes, and the art and religion of their respective eras.
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