BHUBANESWAR, India – (September 3, 2015) — Christie® technologies have enabled history to come alive on the dome of the magnificent Dhauli Peace Pagoda through a captivating light show depicting the ancient Kalinga War and subsequent conversion of Mauryan King Ashoka to Buddhism.
The Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) commissioned the 35-minute projection mapping show, which opened in August and plays nightly at 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The show was conceptualized and is presented by Christie India’s partner Tricolor India Schauspiel at this prestigious white peace pagoda also known as Dhauli Shanti Stupa, built in the 1970s. The performance recounts the Kalinga War, a bitter battle fought between King Ashoka and the then ruler of Kalinga on the banks of the Daya River in Dhauli circa 261 B.C. Although King Ashoka won the war, his victory was almost like a defeat considering the large number of lives lost. This revelation inspired him to shun violence and convert to Buddhism to spread the message of peace.
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