Exhibition on Shahjahanabad

Delhiites can soon revisit the glory of Shahjahanabad or “the walled city” at an exhibition by the Delhi Archives Centre.

Digitised photographs and documentaries on the historicity of the old city will be open to the people in Delhi. 

The week-long exhibition will be held after two months. Currently, the Delhi Archives Centre has floated the tender for the project. 

“We chose Shahjahanabad as the theme as this will help us highlight the glory of the old city and the monuments in its jurisdiction. The exhibition will be open to all,” said Sanjay Garg, archivist. The department is now working out the technical details of the project.

Photographs and documents related to the settlements and monuments of the old city of Shahjahanabad are being chosen by the department. The historicity of the Mughal-era will be reproduced through this exhibition. 

The centre will, however, not put up the original photographs and documents from the archives.

“The original photographs and documents will be reproduced digitally. Once the tendering process is over, the finer details of the project will be worked out,” said Garg.

“There will also be short documentaries on Shahjahanabad which will narrate the events of the era,” he added.

The venue of the project is yet to be chosen. Last year, the State Archives Centre had held an exhibition on the role of Delhi in the Freedom Movement. 

The Delhi Archives Centre has submitted its proposal for the digitisation of records. 

The department holds records in maps, photographs, manuscripts, state district jail records, CID records and Delhi gazettes, among other documents. It is responsible to procure documents pertaining to policy decisions of the state.

Initially the plan was to digitise 10 crore pages of documents, as Deccan Herald had reported. 

“Because of the huge volume of work, the IT department recommended to go with the digitisation of four crore pages of documents in the first phase. It will take at least two years to complete the work after the proposal is passed,” said Garg.

The documents which will be digitised dates back to the period of 1803-1970.Digitising the documents will help research scholars across the world access the records.

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