A swarm of drones lit up the night sky above India Gate on Friday, showcasing the life and legacy of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose and celebrating his newly unveiled statue.
The drones took to the air in phases and formed eight different formations, including “Jai Hind”, the portrait of Netaji and the “Great Statue of Netaji”.
Union Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi also attended the show.
“I witnessed a mesmerizing drone show hosted by @MinOfCultureGoI at the iconic India Gate. The magnificent aerial drone show paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and was accompanied by a cultural festival featuring over 500 folk and tribal artists from all over India #AmritMahotsav,’ Lekhi said in a tweet and shared some photos from the show.
She also asked people to attend the show.
“Visit India Gate between 9th and 11th September to enjoy this captivating drone show about the life of Netaji Bose,” she said in another tweet.
Earlier, as dusk fell on the Central Vista skyline, a team of engineers and technicians were busy connecting the connection to a grid of drones assembled in a lawn near India Gate.
“A total of 250 drones will be used, and the final formation will be the new large statue unveiled by the Prime Minister on Thursday. The drone show will portray the life and legacy of Netaji,” the senior Culture Ministry official told PTI shortly before the start of the show.
The show started around 8:35 p.m. and lasted 10 minutes. People tried to capture the dazzling spectacle on their cellphone cameras.
“The Netaji drone show was made by the same team of innovators who led the 1,000 drone show at the Beating the Retreat ceremony earlier this year on Vijay Chowk,” the official said.
The 28ft tall statue of Netaji under the canopy facing the India Gate was carved from a monolithic block of jet black granite stone sourced from a quarry in Telangana and a ‘makeshift road’ ‘ had to be built to move it to a highway to transport it to Delhi.
According to the Ministry of Culture, a team of sculptors spent 26,000 hours of “intense artistic work” to carve the statue.
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