Google app to bring Indian art and culture a step closer

New Delhi: Search engine giant Google on Thursday launched a new "Google Cultural Institute" app and website which will help art lovers in India and across the globe discover famous works and artifacts from several museums from over 70 countries. The app gives users an opportunity to search for anything related to art and culture like the history of newly declared World Heritage Site Nalanda University in Bihar to the panoramic imagery of its excavation. It also allows you to navigate through the artworks by one of the founders of modern Indian painting Abanindranath Tagore to how eminent painter Amrita Sher-Gil’s palette changed through her journeys between India and Europe. "The 'Google Arts and Culture; app helps art lovers take a walk through famous museums and artefacts from the world over, offering them a rich immersive experience," said Duncan Osborn, Product Manager, Google Cultural Institute, in a statement. Making India's rich cultural heritage come live, the virtual reality headset Google Cardboard gives users an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the Sanskriti Museum, established in 1978 which is home to one of the largest collections of Indian art and craft. The users can also subscribe to the new Google Arts and Culture YouTube channel where they can find original content dedicated to culture hosted by the YouTub community.