Immerse yourself in the eventful history of Red Fort with specially designed experiences by Monument Mitra – Dalmia Bharat Ltd
Dalmia Bharat Limited, a leading cement manufacturing company was selected as a ‘Monument Mitra’ to adopt and develop tourist amenities at the nation’s iconic 17th-century heritage site, Red Fort as part of the government’s “Adopt a Heritage” Project by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
As part of their efforts to highlight this national symbol as a global tourist attraction, Dalmia Bharat have introduced world class amenities and state of the art shows transforming it into a one-of-a-kind experience for all. There are 3 major attractions at the Red Fort – The Red Fort Visitor Centre, Matrubhumi Projection Mapping and Jai Hind Sound & Light show.
Launched in July 2022, the Red Fort Centre is housed in a 19th century British barrack and provides visitors a walkthrough of the Red Fort before they go and see the actual fort. The Red Fort Centre has the following attractions:
- A Museum on the first floor covering 9 main locations of Red Fort
- A 360° immersive show
- An augmented reality photography zone
- A cafeteria
- A souvenir shop
The Red Fort Visitor Centre is open to public 9am to 8.30pm from Tuesdays to Sundays (Red Fort is shut for the public on Mondays). A nominal ticket fare of Rs. 100 per person is charged for the first floor Interpretation Centre, the 360-degree Show and the AR Photography.
In December 2022, Dalmia Bharat also introduced Matrubhumi – Projection Mapping Show. Matrubhumi captures the journey of India over 5,000 years through projection mapping and laser on the magnificent front facade of the Red Fort. It showcases the ancient Harappan civilisation and the Vedic age, dynasties like the Mauryas, Cholas and Guptas and how India has excelled in the field of spirituality, philosophy, mathematics, science, and economics. The show will stir the emotions of Indians and make them feel proud about the ‘indestructible spirit’ of our Matrubhumi and its people.
There is 1 daily show from 7:30 – 8:00 pm and is free for all.
The Jai Hind – Red Fort Sound & Light Show, wase open to the public from 17th January 2023. The show has been developed by Dalmia Bharat in partnership with Sabhyata Foundation. Jai Hind – The Sound and Light Show is a dramatic presentation of the history of India from the 17th century to the present day. Creating an immersive and multi-sensory experience, the show is a fusion of several forms of performance art – projection mapping, live-action films, advanced light and sound effects, actors, dancers, and puppets. It brings alive key episodes including the tussle for power between Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb, the plunder of Red Fort and Shajahanabad by Nadir Shah, the rise of the Marathas and their control of Red Fort, the 1857 War of Independence, the rise of the Indian National Army and the INA trials, the fight for Independence and India’s continuing progress over the past 75 years.
The show is narrated by Amitabh Bachchan** as “WAQT” and is a walkthrough experience staged at – Naubat Khana, Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas – the 3 most prominent locations at Red Fort. Starting at the Naubat Khana where the guests are welcome, Waqt then takes the audience to the scene of Red Fort’s inauguration in 1948 which is enacted by life-size puppets at the Diwan-e-Aam. Guests also witness Kathak spectacular dance performances, bringing forth the celebrations from the reign of Emperor Shahjahan. From here, the audience moves to the lawns of Diwan-e-Khas and watches the show seated for the next 35-40 minutes.
Renowned dancer and choreographer Maitreyee Pahari is the Director of the Show comprising of a troupe of 60 dancers and actors. Indian Violinist, Sharad Chandra Srivastava has composed the riveting music and soundtracks for the show. Adding to the grandeur, are life size puppets by acclaimed puppeteer, Dadi Pudumji.
The tickets are priced at Rs.1,500 and Rs.500.
Days : Tuesday to Sunday
Timing : 7.30pm – 8.30 pm (Hindi)
9.00pm – 10.00 pm (English) – The narration for the English show is done by ace actor Kabir Bedi.
Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat
“Jai Hind is the first Sound and Light show ever to showcase live actors and hi-tech projection mapping technology at a heritage site. I invite schools and college students, government departments and tourists from across India to watch this world class production.
The Red Fort Sound & Light Show – “Jai Hind” – is a dramatic presentation of Indian History and valor. It brings to life key episodes from India’s history including the tussle of power between the Mughals, the rise of the Marathas, the 1857 War of Independence, the rise of the Indian National Army and the INA trials, the fight for Independence and India’s continuing progress over the past 75 years.”