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  • NGMA launched Virtual Tour of its permanent collection

    202 days ago
    National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) celebrated the 66th Foundation Day on 29 March 2020. On the occasion, NGMA launched "Virtual Tour of its permanent collection" for the visitors.  Virtual Tour by NGMA: ♦ People are not allowed to visit NGMA due to the lockdown for 21 days in India as a measure to curb COVID-19 spread. ♦ The Virtual launch was launched so that the visitors can enjoy without having to physically visit the Museum. It had plenty to explore and ponder over. ♦ The permanent collection reflected its repository as an institution of dynamic and progressive collective acumen.   ♦ The sculptures, paintings, and prints in the visual tour are a step further to showcase the hidden treasures of the reserve collection.  ♦ The visual tour was a tribute to the modern masters. It was expected that it will generate greater interest among people towards the legacy of sculptures, paintings, and prints as a creative medium.  ♦ The website for the virtual tour is "". National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA): NGMA was established on 29 March 1954. It is located in New Delhi. The premier art gallery is one of the world's largest modern art museums. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. NGMA has subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore.

    Ministry of Culture established institute to promote Buddhist studies, art, and Culture

    215 days ago
    Ministry of Culture has established an institute named Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS) at Dahung, Arunachal Pradesh.  Aim: The main objective of CIHCS is to preserve ancient Buddhist manuscripts, to promote research in different aspects of Buddhism, digitize ancient Buddhist text preserved in the languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian languages through the system of a modern university. Highlights: ♦ The move by the government is to provide education in Buddhist philosophies, Culture, and Art. ♦ The Ministry took over three universities, namely Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda (NNM), Bihar; Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath, Varanasi; Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS), Leh, UT of Ladakh. These 3 universities were granted Deemed University Status by UGC. ♦ The Ministry also provides for 6 other Grantee Bodies, along with the four institutes, namely CIHCS, NNM, CIHTS, CIBS. The 6 institutes are Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala; Tibet House, New Delhi; Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh; Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim; International Buddhist Confederation; GRL Monastic School, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh.  ♦ The Ministry is also implementing a Scheme of financial assistance for the Development of Buddhist and Tibetan Culture and Art to give financial assistance to voluntary Buddhist/Tibetan organizations, including monasteries engaged in the propagation and scientific development of Buddhist/Tibetan culture, tradition and research in related fields.

    Indian Culture Portal to showcase rich cultural heritage of India

    216 days ago
    Indian Culture Portal, an online portal of the Ministry of Culture, showcases the information about the rich cultural heritage of India across the globe.  Indian Culture Portal: ♦ Indian Culture Portal was launched on 10 December 2019.  ♦ The portal is available in 2 languages, namely Hindi and English. ♦ The portal aims to create awareness about the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India. ♦ The portal holds various contents comprising mainly of artefacts from museums, rare books, manuscripts, virtual galleries, e-books, archives, photo archives, gazetteers, write-ups and beautiful pictures on cuisines, Indian National Bibliography, videos, detailed accounts of Indian UNESCO World Heritage site, Musical Instruments of India, festivals, paintings, folk art and classical art from the different states of India, etc.

    Zonal Cultural Centres implemented schemes to promote folk, art, and culture

    230 days ago
    Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) implemented a number of schemes for promoting the folk, tribal art and culture. The various activities and schemes include:  Award to Young Talented Artists: The Young Talented Artists Scheme aims to encourage and recognize young talents especially in the field of rare art forms. Youngsters of the age group of 18-30 years are selected and awarded onetime cash award of Rs.10,000. Guru Shishya Parampara: This scheme aims to transmit the valued traditions to the coming generations. Rare and disappearing art forms of the region are identified under the scheme and eminent experts will carry out the training programmes in ‘Gurukula’ tradition. Theatre Rejuvenation: The scheme aims to promote theatre activities including stage shows and Production oriented workshops, etc. Research & Documentation: This scheme plans to preserve, promote and propagate vanishing visual and performing art forms including folk, tribal and classical in the field of dance, music, theatre, literature, fine arts, etc. Shilpgram: The scheme will promote folk and tribal art and crafts by organizing seminars, workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs, design development and marketing support to the artisans living in rural areas. Octave: The scheme aims to promote and propagate the rich cultural heritage of the North East (NE) region comprising of eight states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura to the rest of India. National Cultural Exchange Programme (NCEP): This scheme organizes various festivals of performing arts, exhibitions, yatras, etc. to promote and understand art forms of other regions.  Background: Government of India has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) to preserve and promote various forms of folk art and culture of the tribals throughout the country including West Bengal. ZCCs have headquarters at Patiala, Nagpur, Udaipur, Prayagraj, Kolkata, Dimapur and Thanjavur.  The ZCCs organizes various cultural activities and programmes all over the country on a regular basis under the Ministry of Culture.

    National Museum hosts Historical Gastronomica-The Indus Dining Experience in New Delhi

    242 days ago
    The National Museum is to host a unique exhibition on India's ancient food history "Historical Gastronomica-The Indus Dining Experience" that dates back to more than 5000 years ago. The exhibition will be held from 19-25 February 2020 in New Delhi. Organizing Team: The event is organized by the National Museum, OSMS, and Fabrica by Chef Saby. It is truly a Made in India event with an international appeal. Historical Gastronomica-The Indus Dining Experience: ♦ The Indus Dining Experience was curated jointly by the National Museum and One Station Million Stories (OSMS). ♦ The exhibition showcases an impressive collection of Indus valley Civilization artefacts.  ♦ The Indus Valley Civilization gallery has one of the world's most significant collections of Indian civilization.  ♦ The gallery will display the famous Bronze Dancing Girl, which was excavated from Mohenjodaro, a Harappan site.  ♦ The Indus Dining Experience is based on archaeological research, museum artefacts and their characteristics. ♦ The Museum features: (i) an illustrative story of man's food history since his evolution and continues to conclude at the Indus-Saraswati Civilization (ii) Gallery Walk-The Use of Harrapan pottery and artefacts (iii) Food Tasting: finger-food samplers and dinners.  ♦ It demonstrates the evolution of first humans due to food habits, learned to distinguish edible from non-edible substance, food processing techniques and related architecture of the Harappans.

    Baftas 2020 Sam Mendes war drama 1917

    259 days ago
    British filmmaker Sam Mendes war drama 1917 ruled the 2020 edition of Baftas with win, including best film best British film and best director. The best actor winner Joaquin Phoenix calling the systemic racism of the industry, received attention at the awards ceremony. Phoenix, who was awarded the Bafta for his titular performance in Joker, accused the sector of sending out a clear message to people of color that you are not welcome at the award. 1917 took home the Baftas for cinematography, production design, sound, and special visual effects. Actor Rebel Wilson took a potshot at the Academy for not nominating women directors.Besides Phoenix's predicted win, Todd Phillips Joker managed two more awards in the best original score and casting categories.Actor Renee Zellweger took home the best actress honor for her role as legendary singer-actor Judy Garland in Judy. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern continued their winning streak in the supporting categories. South Korean director, Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, scooped two Baftas in the English language. The award for best adapted screenplay went to writer-director Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit. Micheal Ward, known for Top Boy and Blue Story," was named the Bafta rising star. Sama won the best documentary, Bafta. Bait was named outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

    Eimear Noone becomes the first-ever female conductor during Oscars guest-segment

    262 days ago
    Irish composer Eimear Noone becomes the first-ever female conductor during an Oscars guest-segment. Galway-born Eimear Noone will be the first female ever to take charge of the orchestra at the Academy Awards. Billie Eilish announced as a performer for the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony. The announcement made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Eimear Noone - Works She scripted many works and she bagged the top four prizes at the Grammy Awards best new artiste, a record of the year, an album of the year, and song of the year. At the age of 18 she became the youngest solo performer ever to win the album of the year trophy for debut 'When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go,' breaking Taylor Swift's record, who won the award at the age of 20 for 'Fearless.'

    Statue of Unity enters 8 Wonders of SCO list

    279 days ago
    The 182-meter tall Statue of Unity in Gujarat enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's '8 Wonders of SCO' list. The announcement was made by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announced on 13 January. SCO aims to promote tourism among member nations. Statue of Unity: The Statue of Unity stands the tallest statue in the world. It is a monumental tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is independent India's first home minister and deputy prime minister. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity or Sardar Patel's statue on the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 143rd birth anniversary. He was fondly known as the Iron Man of India.  It stands in the mid of the Narmada River, on the islet of Sadhu Bet. Sardar Patel is credited for unifying all of the 562 princely states in pre-independence India to form what is today the Republic of India. The statue is made up of 1,900 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, 70,000 metric tonnes of cement and 24,500 metric tonnes of steel.

    Assam Tourism inked a MoU for Filmfare Awards show in Guwahati

    328 days ago
    Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) inked a memorandum of understanding with the Times Group for organizing the 65th Filmfare Awards here on February 15, 2020.  The MoU signed in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Bennett Coleman and Company Limited managing director Vineet Jain. The MoU paved the way of descending of Bollywood stars to Guwahati clarified that the Rs 23-crore event wastage of money from public exchequer, as being alleged by many on different platforms. This is the first time the main Filmfare awards show is being held outside Mumbai. The Filmfare Awards in Guwahati is a landmark event that would place Assam on the world map. The year it reached 1.96 billion people – 270 million through digital media, 1,412 million through TV media, 235 million through radio, and the rest through print media.

    Jal Shakti Minister releases short documentary film on Water Conservation named SHIKHAR SE PUKAR

    331 days ago
    Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat released a short documentary film on Water Conservation named 'SHIKHAR SE PUKAR' in New Delhi. The film  'Jalshakti Abhiyan' and is based on the Journey of an IAS Officer Ravindra Kumar, who climbed Everest this year to attract the attention of people from the top of the Everest on the serious issue of Water Conservation and stopping Water Pollution. The significance of Himalaya as the primary source of water needs of India by means of the river. It picturizes the difficulties and challenges of climbing the highest peak in the world.

    Marghe and Her Mother to be the closing film at 50th IFFI

    345 days ago
    The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) of Marghe and Her Mother, directed by Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be the Closing Film of the festival. Marghe and Her Mother The film revolves around Marghe, a six-year-old girl who lives with her single mother, Claudia, who has been kicked out of her house because of payment difficulties, leaving Marghe to an older woman next door. The film has certain neo-realist and nouvelle vague influences and calls for the audience’s attention as he pays subtle tribute to two most significant film movements of the world. The film is a remarkable shift from his previous works, which focussed on issues of authoritarianism and revolution and the daily lives of the Middle East and instead focuses on the issues of identity, social systems, moralities, and other aspects of the modern younger generation. The film premiered and was nominated in the Bosphorus Film Festival in 2019. Bosphorus Film Festival  The 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The 50th International Film Festival of India 2019 will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films, and 15 nonfeature films in the Indian panorama section and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

    Pasighat to host multilingual writers meet

    353 days ago
    East Siang HQ Pasighat of Arunachal Pradesh is to host Multilingual writers meet at the College of Horticulture & Forestry on 2nd and 3rd November 2019. The event is held for the first time ever.  Hosted by: The meet is being hosted by the Sahitya Akademi, in collaboration with Manipur-based Central Agricultural University, Imphal and the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS), Itanagar. This event is the second national-level event that is being hosted in Arunachal Pradesh after the recent Senior Women’s National Football Tournament (DIPRO). Participants: Twenty-five prominent multilingual writers and poets across India and many literary dignitaries of  Arunachal Pradesh, the host state, are expected to attend the event.

    IFFI to retrace its journey through Golden Peacock Retrospective

    359 days ago
    The 50th International Film Festival of India scheduled to be held from 20th to 28th November at Goa for Peacock Award-winning films of the past 49 years. The section that retraces the journey of IFFI will showcase eight films from 8 different countries opening with Gamperaliya, directed by Lester James Peries, the first Golden Peacock Award winner of 1965.  The Samira Makhmalbaf, Indian film Moner Manush by Goutam Ghose, Porfirio by Alejandro Landes, The Bostonians by James Ivory, Chinese film The King of Masks by Tian Ming Wu, Kazhak film Tulpan by Sergei Dvortsevoy, Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev are the other films included in the program.  International Film Festival of India International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952. It is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The award is for Excellence in cinematic achievements.

    Hunar Haat to be held in November

    363 days ago
    Ministry of Minority Affairs is to organize Hunar Haat from 1 November to 10 November 2019 at North Central Zone Cultural Centre in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. It will be inaugurated by Union Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.  Aim: The Government aims to provide employment and employment opportunities to lakhs of craftsmen, artisans, and traditional culinary experts through Hunar Haat in the next five years. Hunar Haat: ♦ Hunar Haat has been a credible brand of handmade indigenous products of master artisans and craftsmen. ♦ The program provided many employment opportunities to more than 2 lakh 50 thousand master artisans, craftsmen, and culinary experts in the last three years, including a large number of women. ♦ Hunar Haat will be organized in major cities Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Patna, Indore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Raipur, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu, Shimla, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bhubneshwar, Ajmer in the near future.

    50th IFFI announces International Jury and Films in International Competition Section

    367 days ago
    Mr. John Bailey, Cinematographer, and Ex. President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences chair the International Jury of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). French filmmaker Mr. Robin Campillo who was also a member of the Cannes International Jury 2019, renowned Chinese filmmaker Mr. Zhang Yang and Ms. Lynne Ramsay is one of the leading lights of young British cinema will be the co-jurors. Eminent Filmmaker, Mr. Ramesh Sippy, is the Indian member in the International Jury. Golden Jubilee Edition of the International Film Festival  The Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India is the best lot of 15 films representing 20 countries competing for the coveted Golden Peacock Award.  The selection made from over 700 entries. Pema Tseden’s Balloon (China), Ali Aydin’s Chronology (Turkey), Andreas Horvath’s Lillian (Austria), Wagner Moura’s Marighella (Brazil), Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses (Norway|Sweden|Denmark), Blaise Harrison’s Particles (France|Switzerland), Gregor Bozic’s Stories from the Chestnut Woods (Slovenia), Yosep Anggi Noen’s The Science of Fictions(Indonesia | Malaysia | France), Erdenebileg Ganbold’s Steed (Mongolia), Kristóf Deák’s Hungarian Film Captives and Ben Rekhi’s Philippines film Watch List are in Competition.

    UP to organize India's first KHON Ramlila programme

    368 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh State government is planning to organize India’s first training and performance program of world-famous KHON Ramlila. It is a masked form of Ramlila art of Thailand. The program will be organized by the Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with the Thai government. The program will be organized on the 26th of October. The participating artists will get training from experts in Thailand as part of the cultural exchange program between the two countries. The artists will perform at Grand Deepotsav function in Ayodhya. KHON Ramlila: ♦ The art KHON Ramlila of Thailand has been included in the list of UNESCO’s Intangible cultural heritage. ♦ It is a masked form of Ramlila art of Thailand. The dance depicts various scenes of Ramlila. ♦ There will be no dialogues and background voices to narrate the whole story of Ramayana.  ♦ The visual delight of the dance is famous for its beautiful attire and golden masks.  ♦ A group of officials of the culture department of Thailand government and experts of KHON Ramlila will train 15 Indian artists in the form of ancient Ramlila for one week.

    Google partners with the government for the Crafted in India project

    376 days ago
    Google Arts & Culture’s new project Crafted in India was unveiled on 7 October. For this Google has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, Dastkari Haat Samiti, and 20 other cultural institutions for the project. Aim: Crafted in India project aims to showcase the county's rich handicraft heritage. This will also make it accessible for the world to experience Indian crafts. Crafted in India: ♦ Crafted in India is the largest online exhibition on Indian Crafts. ♦ Over 50 of India's crafts will now be available in Crafted in India. ♦ Around 280+ exhibits and 11,000+ images & videos will give people an immersive tour of varied Indian craft forms including fabrics, embroidery, wall paintings to stonework, metal casting, wood carving, and more.

    North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition inaugurated in Aizawl

    378 days ago
    The North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition was held in Aizawl, Mizoram on 5 October 2019. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah. This is the first time such an exhibition was organized. Handicrafts play a pioneering role in the development of the North East. Aim: The Handloom aims to generate huge employment opportunities in the North East. It plays an important role in the growth and development of people.  Other initiatives taken by Centre for the State: ♦ As  Bamboo was taken out of the list of trees,  the availability of Bamboo has been increased to facilitate the handicrafts sector ♦ 60 MW Tuirialhydro electric power project has been initiated ♦ Aizawl to be connected by broad-gauge railways by 2021 ♦ The Kaladan multi-modal waterway and establishing of new border hats to bring huge opportunities of trade and commerce to Mizoram ♦ Govt. has started other initiatives including Greater Aizawl water project, state referral hospital, state sports academy, horticulture colleges, and a cricket stadium.

    Shondol dance of Ladakh enters the Guinness Book of World Records

    391 days ago
    Shondol dance created history by entering into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest Ladakhi dance. The dance was performed in the Naropa Festival 2019. The Guinness Book of World Records official adjudicate, Swapnil Dangarikar presented the certificate to the chairman, Naropa Festival Organising Committee, Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche. Shondol dance: ♦ In the occasion of Naropa Festival 2019, over 408 women dressed up in traditional dresses and beautiful headgears and performed the dance. ♦ Shondol dance is known as the royal dance of Ladakh.  ♦ It is a famous dance in which the artistes used to perform for the king of Ladakh. Naropa Festival 2019: ♦ The 4 day-long festivals was held from 16 September to 20 September 2019 near the Hemis Monastery, Ladakh.  ♦ The festival is celebrated every 12th year of the Tibetan calendar. It is also known as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas. ♦ It aims to celebrate the life of Buddhist philosopher and scholar Naropa. ♦ The theme of the festival was Environmental sustainability of Ladakh and the Himalayan region. ♦ It was organized by the Live to Love India, Drukpa Charitable Trust, and Young Drukpa Association. ♦ The festival aims to end the use of plastics and also sensitize the leaders of the religious community on plastic waste management and recycling process.

    UK returned the stolen bronze image of Buddha

    396 days ago
    London police returned the 12th Century AD Bronze image of Buddha which was stolen from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Museum at Nalanda in 1961 to the Indian High Commission. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed over the statue to the Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. The bronze image of Buddha: The 12th Century AD Bronze image of Buddha seated in the Bhumipasara mudra was stolen by the British in August 1961. The art was influenced by Buddhism. It was amongst the 19 bronze statues stolen from ASI Nalanda site museum. In 2018, the statue was spotted by the India Pride Project, an online volunteer group of an Art enthusiast, at an auction organized by a London based dealer. International Council of Museums (ICOM) inspected the image and confirmed that it was the one stolen from Nalanda museum.  International Council of Museums (ICOM): ICOM was established in the year 1946. ICOM, the only global organization in the museum field, is located in Paris, France. The non-governmental organization maintains formal relations with UNESCO. ICOM discusses and takes measures on issues related to cultural heritage. ICOM is active in 141 countries with 119 national committees. It also promotes capacity building and advances knowledge. It raises public cultural awareness through global networks and co-operation programmes.

    Documentary On Farmer From Remote Himalayan Village Nominated for Oscars

    397 days ago
    Moti Bagh, a documentary based on a Uttarakhand farmer’s life nominated for the Oscars. The documentary film, directed by Nirmal Chander is based on the life of a farmer called Vidyadutt. The information was shared by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat The Chief Minister appealed to young farmers to play a leading role in preventing migration from villages and take advantage of the schemes launched by the state government. Moti Bagh: About the documentary Moti Bagh is a documentary film that is based on the life of Vidya Dutt, a farmer from a remote village in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand  The film explains about the issue of migration of people from villages, especially from the remote villages in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttarakhand. It highlights how Uttarakhand has witnessed migration in disturbing proportions, with villages after villages lying empty and no one to till the land. The film covers Nepali farmers who settled in the region to plug in the gap and faced discrimination at the same time with locals calling them names like Nepali and Bahadur.

    Kochi to host 22nd India International Seafood Show after 12 years

    408 days ago
    The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) joined with the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI) is organizing the 22nd edition of India International Seafood Show (IISS) . Their aim is to provide an ideal platform for an interaction between Indian Exporters and overseas importers of Indian marine products, an opportunity for display and sale for manufacturers and suppliers of processing machinery, packaging systems, processing ingredient dealers and cold chain systems and also an opening for service providers like the logistics and certifying/testing segments.. Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) They will highlight the technological advances and sustainable practices followed in seafood processing sector in India.The 22nd edition will have technical sessions by national and international experts. IISS 2020 will have over 250 stalls spread over 7,000 square metres (sq m), showcasing a wide range of products based on automated and IT aided technology, and energy efficient systems for value addition.They planned to have buyer delegations from countries focused on mutual tie-ups in the area of seafood processing and value addition.The delegates would include seafood processors, buyers and stakeholders from other related sectors representing firms from India and aboard. It is also planned to have buyer delegations from countries focused on mutual tie-ups in the area of seafood processing and value addition  

    Akshay Kumar takes 4th spot in Forbes highest paid actors list 2019

    422 days ago
    Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar made it to the 4th position on the Forbes magazine’s Worlds Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019 list. Akshay earned around $65 million. Hollywood star Dwayne ‘Rock’ Johnson tops the Forbes list of the 10 highest-paid actors. Here’s the list of the World’s Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019 listed by Forbes: 1. Dwayne Johnson ($89.4 million) 2. Chris Hemsworth ($76.4 million) 3. Robert Downey Jr. ($66 million) 4. Akshay Kumar ($65 million) 5. Jackie Chan ($58 million) 6. Bradley Cooper ($57 million) 7. Adam Sandler ($57 million) 8. Chris Evans ($43.5 million) 9. Paul Rudd ($41 million) 10. Will Smith ($35 million)

    Third phase of Jung E Azadi memorial was dedicated

    430 days ago
    The third phase of the Jung-E-Azadi memorial was dedicated to the people who were killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the unsung heroes who were incarcerated in the Andaman Cellular jail during the freedom struggle. The memorial was dedicated by the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The cost of the third phase of the memorial was Rs.20 crore. Aim of the memorial: The memorial aims to spread the awareness about the sacrifices made by Indians to free India from the British rule among the younger generations. Other launches: The chief minister also launched other development and welfare projects. The projects are part of Rs.450 crore worth development projects of the State. Jung-E-Azadi Memorial: The foundation for the memorial was laid on 19 October 2014. It is located at Kartarpur, Punjab. The memorial marks the sacrifices made by the Punjabi community in the Independence movement. The planning and building of the memorial was carried out under the Director Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Punjab.

    State of Art Gallery at National Crafts Museum inaugurated

    432 days ago
    A Textiles Gallery at National Crafts Museum was inaugurated in New Delhi on 13 August by the Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani.  Aim: The collection aims to help people explore, enjoy, and rediscover the world of Indian textiles through design and technology. Collections in the gallery: The Gallery consists of more than 230 different types of textiles collections more than 30 traditions. Five zones were displayed in the gallery. Zones has been named as weaving, embroidery, dying (Ikatpatola), pattern (Bandhej, Kalamkari, and Leheria) and TanaBana based on the intricacies of the textiles. The gallery exhibits the fine Indian Craftsmanship to public. The rich collection displayed the importance of conserving India’s rich heritage of handlooms for the next generations. It will serve as a resource centre for the students of fashion technology, apparel sciences and textiles designing.  Under three categories the handlooms were displayed: Pre Loom “Ikat”: The design that are already visualized and transferred to the yarn before the yarn is placed on the loom. On- Loom: The design enters the loom while weaving brocade, muslin, jamdani, weaved shawls, weaved sarees. Post Loom: Displays the techniques that can be done on cloth after it is woven-block printing, embroidery and kalamkaricomes in this category.

    Shah Rukh Khan bagged with an Honorary Doctorate by Melbournes La Trobe University

    461 days ago
    Shah Rukh Khan conferred with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from Melbourne-based La Trobe University at the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) at Bundoora, Australia. He is recognized for contributions to underprivileged children, women’s empowerment. They meet through Meer Foundation and for the achievements in the Indian entertainment industry. The function held on August 9, 2019  Mr. Khan is the chief guest. He got the first Australian University Award.

    Kaushik Gangulys Bengali film Nagarkirtan bags 4 awards including Best Feature Film at SAARC film festival 2019

    462 days ago
    The 9th edition of the SAARC( South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) festival 2019 in Colombo, Srilanka.  Bengali filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly’s film ‘Nagarkirtan’ won four awards (Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Original Score’) including ‘Best Feature Film’ at the festival. The Best Actor award bagged to Riddhi Sen. The Two other Indian films have won awards at the fest.  ‘Na Bole Wo Haram’ bagged the ‘Best Short Film’ award directed by Nitish Patankar, while ‘Walking With the Wind’ received the Special Jury award directed by Praveen Morchhale. About SAARC: The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and geopolitical organization of eight countries. They are primarily located in South Asia. It is established on 8 December 1985. Main Objectives: To promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia to contribute to developing mutual trust, understanding, and appreciation of one another’s a problem. The member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  The Secretariat of the SAARC is in Kathmandu, Nepal  It is established on 16 January 1987.  

    National Museum of Indian Cinema launched NMIC Bulletin

    466 days ago
    The National Museum of Indian Cinema launched a fortnightly bulletin named “NMIC Bulletin“  It is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It brought out by the Films Division with veteran filmmaker Jahnu Barua. It is helpful to have a physical document to cherish and get relevant information for several educational institutions and students of media studies who visit Museum regularly. The Museum which made cinema possible as well as about narrating untold stories behind those cinemas. This museum will give several educational institutions and students of media studies. About National Museum of Indian Cinema It was  inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 19th January 2019   It is at the  Films Division Complex, Pedder Road, Mumbai.   The Museum is open to the public from Tuesday to  Sunday (11 AM to 6 PM) . It will remain closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.  There will be film screening daily from 4pm-5pm at the Audi II in the ground floor of the Museum. The Museum is housed in two buildings – the New Museum Building and the 19th-century heritage building,  Gulshan Mahal – both at the Films Division complex. The Museum showcases the history of India Cinema and has ample artifacts,  digital elements including kiosks, interactive digital screens, information-based screen interfaces.

    ASI declares Chaukhandi Stupa as of national important monument

    496 days ago
    Chaukhandi Stupa, an ancient Buddhist site located in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, has been declared as a Monument and protected area of national importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Chaukhandi Stupa: Chaukhandi Stupa is a lofty mound of brick whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower. It was built to mark the place where Lord Buddha met his first disciples as he traveled from Bodhgaya to Sarnath. The Chaukhandi Stupa is said to be originally a terraced temple during the Gupta period, that 4th to 6th Century. Govardhan,the son of Raja Todarmal gave the present shape to the Chaukhandi Stupa.He built an octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun,the great Mughal ruler. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI): ASI was formed on 1861, headquartered at New Delhi, India. ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India. It functions under the Ministry of Culture. ASI is responsible for the regulation of all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,1972.

    CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7 foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum

    500 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum in Ayodhya on 7 June. Adityanath will also inaugurate the event to celebrate Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.  Ram Statue: The statue is made out of a single rosewood block statue which was from Karnataka for Rs.35 lakh from Karnataka. The statue will depict Kodamb Ram, one of the five avatars of Lord Ram. Kodamb Ram is worshipped in the south. The statue depicts the stage of Ram's life when Sita was kidnapped by Ravan, the demon king. The statue shows Ram alone, without Sita and Laxman. Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan: The Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan museum was established in 1986. The museum is a government-funded museum. It hosts works related to the Hindu epic Ramayana. The Dispute: Lord Ram is said to have been born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya is at the heart of a dispute which involves the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed in 1992 by Hindu activists. It is believed that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. After the mosque demolition, 2,000 people died across the country in the riot. In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh State government announced a project to build a Ram statue on the banks of the Sarayu river. It is expected to measure 221 metres topping even the famed freedom movement icon Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The central government is yet to announce a date for the construction of Ram temple.

    Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore

    515 days ago
    Sculptor Anish Kapoor ranked first on Hurun India Art List 2019 with estimated sales of Rs. 168.25 crore.  Hurun India Art List 2019 was released by Hurun Research Institute. The ranking of the top 50 Indian artists alive based on the sales of their works at public auctions from April 2018 to March 2019. The next positions were held by Akbar Padamsee whose 38 works were sold for Rs. 45.84 crore.  He was followed by Krishen Khanna with sales of 44 works of Rs. 9.48 crore.  The Fourth position was held by Jogen Chowdhury with the sales of Rs. 7.78 crore and New Delhi based sculptor Subodh Gupta in the fifth place with sales of Rs. 6.55 crore.  There were 605 lots sold in the year by the listers and it was topped by Anish Kapoor with  102 lots.

    PM inaugurated Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology

    587 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. He also unveiled the statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus.  Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology is a state-of-the-art institution that comprises of an auditorium, an open-air theatre, and an Archaeological Museum. Institute of Archaeology is an academic wing of the Archeological Survey of India under the Ministry of Culture.  Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage in India. It functions under the under the Ministry of Culture. ASI regulates all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,1972.

    Naveen inaugurated statue of Guru Padmasambhava

    619 days ago
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled a 19-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, at Jirang in Gajapati district, Berhampur, Odisha. This 29 tonne stone statue is placed in the middle of ‘Padma Sarovar’, a large tank near Padmasambhava Mahavihara, the largest Buddhist monastery in eastern India. The Dalai Lama had inaugurated this monastery in 2010. Tibetan refugees settled in this region over six decades ago. Historians claim that Guru Padmasambhava, also known as second Buddha, was born and brought up in Odisha before he left for Tibet.

    South Korean grain silo enters Guinness World Records

    667 days ago
    A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colourful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world. The painting depicts a young boy’s journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon takes up 23,688 sq m. The mural was commissioned by the city’s government and port authority. It aims at improving the negative view of aged industrial facilities. Twenty-two artists used more than 850,000 litres of paint to tell the story which reflects the seasons and resembles 16 individual book covers, at a cost of 550 million won.

    Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist

    670 days ago
    ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.  This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. A total of 104 films had originally qualified in the category.

    S.Ramakrishnan won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for Sancharam

    683 days ago
    S.Ramakrishnan, a Tamil writer, traveller, essayist, and scriptwriter, has won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for his novel Sancharam. It poignantly captures the lives of nagaswaram players in karisal bhoomi, the arid land, of Tamil Nadu. The novel places their music and struggle for a livelihood in the context of the decline of agriculture. Mr. Ramakrishnan has dropped his doctoral thesis on William Faulkner to become a full-time writer. He said that the prize comes as recognition for a person who opted for a career in writing, it also sheds light on the lives of the nagaswaram players. Sancharam talks about the shattered dreams of nagaswaram player Pakkiri, who wants to scale the heights of music after learning about great musicians and their music from his father.

    UP government cleared the proposal to build Ram statue

    693 days ago
    The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared a proposal to build a 221-meter-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. The government did not furnish the details of the funding, the construction agency and the location of the statue. The size of the statue will outdo the 182-meter-tall statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat. The Yogi Adityanath government had last year announced that it would construct a Ram statue in Ayodhya as part of the “Navya Ayodhya” scheme of the UP Tourism Department to develop the town as a tourist hub. This is not the only Ram statue the BJP government is planning in UP. The government also plans to build a statue of Lord Ram at Shringverpur, a site near Allahabad revered by Nishads.

    PM to unveil the world's largest statue

    720 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil Sardar Patel’s statue, the world’s largest, on Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31 in Gujarat. The statue is a Rs.3,000 crore project. It is funded for the most part by the Gujarat government, with minor contributions from the Centre and Central PSUs. The statue is made up of 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, 70,000 metric tonnes of cement and 24,500 metric tonnes of steel. Two high-speed elevators inside can take tourists up to the statue’s chest from where around 200 visitors can view the Narmada river and the Sardar Sarovar dam over it.

    Europa Nostra urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha

    732 days ago
    Experts from cultural heritage organisation Europa Nostra have urged the Bulgarian authorities to rescue Buzludzha, a vast flying saucer-like monument, on a central Bulgarian mountainside. The monument is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago.  The 230-foot-high structure, made of 70,000 tonnes of concrete, 3,000 tonnes of reinforced steel and 40 tonnes of glass, looks like it is hovering at around 1,400 metres above sea level. It has a 40-metre-wide ceremonial hall and was covered from floor to ceiling in mosaics depicting the history of Bulgaria’s communist party. Europa Nostra listed it as one of the most endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2018.

    Khairatabad Masjid under conservative works

    738 days ago
    The Khairatabad Masjid, one of the iconic buildings of the Qutb Shahi era in Hyderabad, is undergoing conservation. There where water stagnation and seepage from the roof of the masjid. The Department of Archaeology and Museums took charge and started the conservative works. The Khairatabad Masjid named after Khairatunnisa Begum, the daughter of 6th Qutb Shahi king Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, is the apogee of architecture from that period. Khairatabad Masjid: ♦ Built in: 1626 AD ♦ Built by: Khairunisa Begum ♦ Khairatabad Mosque was designed and constructed by Hussain Shah Wali ( son-in-law of Khairatunnisa Begum) ♦ The mosque has a three-arch opening in front ♦ The architecture of the mosque presents perfect harmony from bottom to top ♦ India had declared it as a heritage site

    Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 commenced at Birgunj

    798 days ago
    The festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Province 2 Mohammad Lal Babu Raut.  The main aim of the festival is to strengthen Indo-Nepal ties.  Around 250 participants from India and Nepal attending the two-day festival.

    Red Fort at MMC is to be remodeled into Museum

    810 days ago
    Red Fort, which is at the east of Madras Medical College (MMC) Chennai, is planned to be remodelled into a museum. The building was constructed in 1897, the red brick structure has been classified as a Grade I heritage building by the Justice E. Padmanabhan Committee on heritage structures. The building is of Indo-Saracenic style.  The State government has sanctioned Rs.1.97 crore for the restoration process of the building. On completion, the building is planned to be remodelled into a museum.

    A special Division Bench of Justices to hear the theft of ancient idols

    821 days ago
    The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Indira Banerjee, has constituted a special Division Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and P.D. Audikesavalu to hear cases related to the theft of ancient idols. The Bench will begin its process with a case related to the alleged theft of artefacts from the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tiruchi.

    Fossil museum in Ariyalur is set to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu CM

    829 days ago
    The fossil museum at Varanavasi near Ariyalur town is in the state of completion and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in a few days. The 100-acre museum will showcase the natural formation of rocks that provide evidence of the existence of dinosaurs and other associated reptilians in the Ariyalur region. A building with provisions to exhibit fossils, rocks and minerals from the Precambrian, Jurassic and Cretaceous period has been constructed. Besides fossils, the museum will have on display rocks of marine origin dating back several million years. It will also exhibit small and big mounds, signifying layers of land-formation over millions of years. Some layers of the mounds will help study the geology of the entire area. It is expected that it would stand out as a model for showcasing the history of life on Earth.

    NGMA takes over AI artworks

    832 days ago
    The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) under the Ministry of Culture has decided to take over Air India’s artworks. Ashwani Lohani, former Air India’s chairman and managing director, had proposed to set up a museum of all the artifacts and paintings collected by the airline over a period of six decades at its Nariman Point building in Mumbai.  It is estimated that Air India has nearly 8,000 artistic treasures. These include nearly 4,000 paintings and the rest are sculptures dating back to the 9th century, woodwork, a collection of exquisite clocks as well as memorabilia in the form of paintings reproduced on menu cards, greeting cards.

    Kendrick Lamar Receives Pulitzer Prize In Music

    870 days ago
    Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize in music for his album “Damn.”   Lamar is the first rapper in history to be given the award. Previous recipients included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Duke Ellington. Lamar had received this award at Columbia University.

    Gujarati Poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra Chosen For Saraswati Samman 2017

    903 days ago
    Gujarati poet, playwright and academic Sitanshu Yashaschandra were selected for 2017 Saraswati Samman for his collection of verses (poetry) titled “Vakhar” published in 2009. I t was 27 edition of the award. Sitanshu Yashaschandra was born in 1941 in Gujarat’s Bhuj district. He has three poetry collections Odysseusnu Halesu, Jatayu, and Vakhar to his credit. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award.

    Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People

    910 days ago
    The TIME Magazine released the 100 Most Influential People List of 2018 designating individuals whose time is now. The 2018 list features the names of four self-made Indians- Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. The list also features the US President Donald Trump. The list of 100 Most Influential People of 2018 includes the names of actress Nicole Kidman, 'Wonder Women' starring Gal Gadot, Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle and singers Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

    Sixty Five National Film Awards- Complete List Of Winners

    920 days ago
    The 65th National Film Awards were announced in Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. The chairpersons of the three juries (Feature, Non-feature, and Writing) for the National Film Awards have announced the awards for the different categories. This year, the jury is being headed by director Shekhar Kapur. The jury panel has 10 members. National Film Awards will be given by the President Ram Nath Kovind in May 2018. Best Anthropological film    Name Place Animal Thing, Slave Genesis 2.    Best Critic on Cinema    Giridhar Jha (Swarn Kamal) 3.    Special Mention    Mhorkya (Marathi), Hello Arasi (Oriya), Take Off (Malayalam), Newton (Hindi) 4.    Best Ladakhi Film    Walking With The Wind 5.    Best Jasari Film    Sinjar 6.    Best Tulu Film    Paddy 7.    Best Odiya Film    Hello Arsi 8.    Best Kannada Film    Hebbet Ramakka 9.    Best Hindi Film    Newton 10.    Best Bengali Film    Mayurakshi 11.    Marathi Film    Kachcha Limbu 12.    Best Malayalam Film    Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum 13.    Best Telugu Film    Ghazi 14.    Assamese Film    Ishu 15.    Best Tamil Film    To Let 16.    Best Gujarati Film    Dhh 17.    Best Action Direction    Abbas Ali Moghu for Baahubali 2 18.    Choreography    Ganesh Acharya for 'Gori Tu Latth Maar' for Toilet - Ek Premkatha 19.    Best Special Effects    Baahubali 2 20.    Best Music Director    Kaatru Veliyidai 21.    Best Background Score    Mom 22.    Special Jury Award    Nagarkirtan 23.    Best Lyrics    JM Prahalad for Muthuratna song 24.    Best Make-Up Artist    Ram Rajjak (Nagarkirtan) 25.    Best Production Design    Santhosh Raman (Malayalam movie Take Off) 26.    Best Screenplay (Original)    Sajeev Pazhoor (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum) 27.    Screenplay Writer (Adapted)    JAYARAJ (Bhayanakam) 28.    Best Dialogues    Sambit Mohanty (Hello Arsi) 29.    Best Cinematography    Bhayanakam 30.    Best Cameraman    Nikhil S Praveen 31.    Best Playback Singer    Shashaa Tirupati for Kaatru Veliyidai.

    Eight Theatre Olympics concludes in Mumbai

    923 days ago
    The eight edition of Theatre Olympics concluded in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India and showcasing the rich heritage and culture across length and breadth of the country. It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in February 2018 at the majestic Red Fort.

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