Prez Inaugurates Dynamic Facade Lighting of Rashtrapati Bhavan
The lights have been fitted in the run-up to Republic Day.
The lights have been fitted in the run-up to Republic Day.(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@rashtrapatibhvn)

Prez Inaugurates Dynamic Facade Lighting of Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the dynamic facade lighting of Rashtrapati Bhavan to highlight its elegance, on Friday, 19 January.

The lights have been fitted in the run-up to Republic Day on 26 January. The President tweeted out photos from the inauguration.

A total of 628 light fittings have been installed for illumination of the building, an official said.

Lenses of narrow to wide range are used on these fittings to spread light, he said.

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A narrow beam lens has been used to highlight specific objects such as the lotus on the Jaipur Column and a wider beam lens to spread light on a larger area, he said.

Features that have been highlighted prominently in the lighting are the Jaipur Column, the dome of the main building, chattris, the fountains at the terrace and ground level, as well as loggia columns, the official added.

Union Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri was also present during the inauguration.

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Kovind will, on Saturday, felicitate the likes of P T Usha, P V Sindhu, Sania Mirza, Aishwarya Rai and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, who are among the 112 women who will be honoured for being trailblazers in their respective fields.

The initiative called “First Ladies” includes women from diverse fields such as defence forces, science, sports, business, entertainment and hospitality.

There are also those who have chosen to go off the beaten track such as Manju (a porter), Chhavi Rajawat (a village head), Harshini Kanhekar (the first Indian female fire- fighter), Sunalini Menon (Asia's first professional woman coffee-taster) and Shatbhi Basu (India's first-ever female bartender).

In 2015, the women and child development ministry had collaborated with Facebook to recognise 100 women achievers of the country and tomorrow's event is the second leg of the same campaign, according to a statement.

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