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New large format film ‘AMERICA WILD – National Parks Adventure’

launched at Science City, Kolkata

Soak in the stunning travelogue of America’s wild spaces…

New Large Format Film ‘America Wild-National Parks Adventure’ launched today in the Space Theatre of Science City, Kolkata, captures the magnificence of 30 America’s National Parks and the amazing landscapes through unique IMAX cinematography.

Shri A.S. Manekar, Director General, NCSM welcomed the guests and said, “National Parks are suitable places for biodiversity conservation and strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity. The present film explores America’s most legendary outdoor places and watching the film in large format provides immersive experience. I hope, people will also be encouraged to visit National Parks in India and help protect biodiversity after watching this film.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Arijit Dutta Choudhury, Director, Science City said, “National parks are safe home for native plants and animals. They help us to know about our environment and protect places important to aboriginal people. In Indian context, around 12% of world’s total species of plants and animals are available in our country, but these flora and fauna are gradually getting destroyed. It is, therefore, our duty to serve our wildlife and the best way is to do so through national parks..”

Jonathan T.Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S Consulate General, Craig Hall, Consul General of the United States and leaders from the travel and tourism sector graced the occasion.

 ‘AMERICA WILD – National Parks Adventure’ provides a sweeping overview of the national park’s history from the lush forests to the towering cliffs and the deep plunging canyons narrated by Academy Award winner, Robert Redford. The adrenaline pumping odyssey of world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl rejoicing the centennial of the national parks is a soulful reflection of wilderness and the breath-taking arcs of natural history.

President Roosevelt, founder of National Parks in America takes the audience to the awe-inspiring locations of Yellowstone, Everglades, Yosemite and beyond, encouraging them to find their own parks, protect and experience their diversity.

 

I am proud as my agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce was involved in the production, through Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States. The history of the U.S. system of national parks dates back to 1872 when the US Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming as a public park for the enjoyment of the people” saidJonathan T.Ward, Principal Commercial Officer.

 

AMERICA WILD – National Parks Adventure is produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. The director of the film is Greg MacGillivray, producer Shaun MacGillivraya and writer Stephen Judson and Tim Cahill. The musical score is composed by Steve Wood and the film is majorly supported by the Giant Dome Theatre Consortium.

The film will be open to the public from 22nd July, 2016 for the next six months in daily seven shows in English, Hindi and Bengali. Show timings are available on the website of Science City (http://www.sciencecitykolkata.org.in/) and will also be updated on the official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ScienceCityKol/) and Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ScienceCityKol) of Science City, Kolkata.

July 21, 2016

Science City, Kolkata

 



‘Science on a Sphere’ facility inaugurated on the 

19th Anniversary of Science City, Kolkata

Science City has been a pioneer in spreading non-formal science education since its inception and on its 19thAnniversary it has come up with yet another captivating state-of the-art facility – ‘Science on a Sphere’. The facility has been inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal.

The 6 feet diameter suspended globe through animated and dynamic images of the Earth projects its landmass, oceans, oceanic currents, temperature zones, clouds and snow cover areas among others. There are 520 datasets used by the system out of which 40 are real time. The datasets in the system are obtained from the satellites and are constantly updated to present the latest atmospheric status on Earth.

“I am delighted to learn that Science City,the largest Science Centre under the National Council of Science Museums, has set up Science on a Sphere, first of its kind in eastern India on its 19th anniversary. Here we can experience the dynamic Earth in front of our eyes and the magic of digital simulations enabled to shrink it to a size that fits our scale of visualization” said the governor.

The datasets are obtained from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA which supported installation of this facility. The datasets are divided into the categories of atmosphere, ocean, land, astronomy and others. The dataset entry comprises a description of the dataset, a picture, a video, notable features, relevant links and source of information.

Shri A.D Choudhury, Director, Science City said, “It is a unique educative tool which simplifies the public understanding of our various environmental processes. One can instantly monitor the areas where earthquakes occurred during the last few hours, how the Tsunami waves travel to various coastal areas, the artificial illumination pattern, air traffic in different zones and different times etc.”

A specially designed Science on a Sphere folder was unveiled by the governor in the presence of Shri A S Manekar, Director General, NCSM, Shri E Islam, Director, BITM, guests and students.

“It is our constant endeavor at NCSM to engage the audience into the understanding of complex scientific and technological issues in a simplified manner” said A S Manekar, Director General, National Council of Science Museums.

Around 250 underprivileged and Divyang (specially abled) students from Manovikas Kendra participated in Art contest, See and Tell contest and Blow Balloon contest.This was followed by a live demonstration of Ranopa in the folk art and culture in India.

 

‘Innovation Festival’ started at Science City Kolkata

Innovation Festival, first of its kind in West Bengal started today in the premises of Science City, Kolkata. Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya, Director, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences inaugurated the festival in presence of Shri A.S. Manekar, Deputy Director General, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), other dignitaries and Innovators from across India. The festival, organized by Science City, Kolkata and National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad, provides an opportunity to showcase grassroot innovations from the society which has helped mankind at large.

Shri A.S. Manekar said that ‘Innovation is the key to the growth of a nation. NCSM being the leading science communication organisation, got the responsibility of setting up 55 Innovation Hubs in the country to inculcate the culture of innovation in the society. Eight such hubs have already been functioning in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Bardhman, Calicut and Lucknow. In the meantime, we felt the need of a platform where grassroot innovators could showcase their innovations to the public and hence we started Innovation Festival last year’. Previous Innovation Festivals were held at Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Bangalore. This is the first time, when such festival is taking place in West Bengal.

Shri Arijit Dutta Choudhury, Director, Science City said that ‘It is a platform for the innovators to reach out to the public, youngsters and share their stories arising out of necessities. Visitors will get an opportunity to interact, develop out of the box thinking and scientific temper’.

Twenty five innovators from National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Indian Institute of Engineering Technology (IIEST) and different parts of the state are participating in this festival. Neck immobilizer, adjustable walker, crutch with shock absorbers, emoinu stove, low cost wind mill, bamboo splint making machine, modified walker with adjustable leg, electronic LPG optimum burning system, guava bending technology are among the few innovations on display. The innovators also shared how they overcame the odds and created something beneficial for the society troubleshooting the basic problems.

Interactive displays from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Central Research and Training Laboratory (CRTL), Science City and Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) grabbed the visitors attention while experts threw light on nurturing creativity among ourselves. A workshop pavilion by Science City had hands-on-demonstration and do-it-yourself activity on Mini Tesla Coil, Microphone, speaker, wireless electricity, electric generator etc.

The festival will continue till February 7, 2016 near Maritime Centre of the Science City premises. Entry to the festival shall remain free.

February 5, 2016

Science City, Kolkata

Science City, Kolkata has always been a popular visitor destination in Kolkata. Since its inception in 1997, it has been visited by more than 25 million people. This is not only a major attraction for the residents of Kolkata but also for the national and international visitors. Presenting science and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment is truly educational and enjoyably for the people of all ages. Science Exploration Hall’ – a state-of-the-art facility at the Science City, Kolkata is all set to attract visitors with its innovative display techniques.

About National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – National Innovation Foundation, under the guidance of Professor Anil K Gupta is working over a decade to look for grassroots innovators and is trying to identify people so that the innovation revolution spreads across India. Around 1,40,000 innovations, mostly from uneducated innovators, have been recorded by the NIF. These innovations address India’s myriad problems, reduce drudgery and improve work efficiency.

 For further information, please contact

 Satyajit N. Singh, Public Relation Officer , NCSM (Mob- 8334052782)

Hena Ahmed, Media Consultant , Science City (Mob- 9830290578)

 

New large format film ‘Amazing Journeys’ launched at Science City, Kolkata

New Large Format Film ‘Amazing Journeys’, the extraordinary journey of survival was launched today in the Space Theatre of Science City, Kolkata. While introducing the film, Shri G. S. Rautela, Director General, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) said –‘The films screened in the Space theatre provide an immersive experience. Through the hemispherical projection, people experience themselves on an air journey while sitting on the comfortable pushback seats of the theatre and live every moment of the film’.
Shri Arijit Dutta Choudhury, Director, Science City said that ‘the present film will entertain audiences across different age groups and enlighten them about nature’s amazing things in our surroundings’.

The film takes on ‘Amazing Journeys’ of the most unusual, strenuous and amusing migration of six different animals taking place in some of the most spectacular places on the Earth. The film reveals the heroic treks of survival, the extraordinary stamina and efforts put in by these creatures to ensure survival of the next generation. The breath-taking cinematography transports the audience to an exalted realm of nature and wild life creating a spell with perfect narration, light and sound effects in every frame.

The film invites on a journey to explore the greatest and longest insect migration of around 4000 kilometres in the odyssey of Monarch Butterfly that swarm across the highlands of Mexico, the exemplary migration of birds navigating by the stars and sun encountering storm, changing air currents, trackless land and sea, the unusual voyage of millions of Red Crabs to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, the sweeping spectacle of hundreds of migrating Zebras in the vast plains of East Africa, the affectionate curiosity of majestic gray Whales in the beautiful lagoons of Mexico’s Baja California and finally to explore the roots of human migration by travelling back in time among the exotic tribes of Africa.

Amazing Journeys is produced by Graphic Films Corporation for Migrations Film Partners, Ltd. in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The director of the film is George Casey, editor Timothy Huntley and producer Ammiel Najar.

The film will be open to the public from 23rd January 2016 for the next six months in daily seven shows in English, Hindi and Bengali. Show timings are available on the website of Science City and will also be updated on the official Facebook and Twitter page of Science City, Kolkata.

January 22, 2016

Science City, Kolkata



Science City, Kolkata has always been a popular visitor destination in Kolkata. Since its inception in 1997, it has been visited by more than 25 million people. This is not only a major attraction for the residents of Kolkata but also for the national and international visitors. Presenting science and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment is truly educational and enjoyably for the people of all ages. ‘Science Exploration Hall’ – a state-of-the-art facility at the Science City, Kolkata is all set to attract visitors with its innovative display techniques.



For further information, please contact

A Satyajit N. Singh, Public Relation Officer (Mob- 8334052782)
Hena Ahmed, Media Consultant (Mob- 9830290578)