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  • Jaapi, Xorai And Gamosa - Assam

    19 days ago
    Due to the upcoming parliamentary elections, decorative jaapis (field hats), hand-woven gamosas and bell-shaped metal xorais often appear in Assam. Highlights: ♦ Jaapi: It is a conical hat made of bamboo covered with dried tokou (a palm tree found in the upper rainforest of Assam). ♦ Today, most shawls in Assam are made by artisans in a village in the Nalbari districts. ♦ Gamosa: It has a wide range of uses. It can be used as a towel (uka gamosa) at home or in public functions (phulam / floral gamosa) to attract prominent figures or celebrities. ♦ Xorai: It is made of bell-shaped metal. It is essentially a tray with a stand on the bottom, with or without a cover. It can be found in every Assamese family.  

    Extension Of Project Mausam

    19 days ago
    The Mausam Project has now been extended to March 31, 2023. Highlights: ♦ The " Mausam " project is a project of the Ministry of Culture, with the Archaeological Society of India, New Delhi (ASI) as the nodal institution and the Indira Gandhi National Art Center (IGNCA) in New Delhi as its research department. ♦ The project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean world-organizing archaeological and historical research to document the diversity of Indian Ocean cultural, commercial and religious interactions. ♦ The main purpose of this project is to identify places and sites under the Mausam Project as a transnational nomination for inclusion in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. ♦ The central themes that unite the " Mausam " project are cultural routes and marine landscapes, which not only connect different parts of the Indian Ocean coast, but also connect the coastal center with the hinterland. ♦ More importantly, the shared knowledge system and ideas spread along these channels and affected coastal centers and most areas.  

    Bhaona: A Traditional Form Of Entertainment

    26 days ago
    The Assam State Assembly has adjusted Bhaona’s political statement to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens. Highlights: ♦ Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment with religious information and is popular in Assam. ♦ It is the creation of Sankardeva, written in the early 16th century. ♦ The plays of bhaona are often called Ankiya Nats, and their performances are called bhaona. ♦ Bhaonas is written in Assamese and Brajavali languages.  

    Conservation Of Ancient Folk Cultures

    27 days ago
    In order to protect, preserve and promote various forms of folk art and ancient folk culture across the country, GOI has established seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCC). Some of the ancient folk cultures in India: ♦ Hodopathy, Turi Nritya, Paika Nritya, Faguwa Nritya, and tribal dance (Karam Nritya) are the ancient folk culture preserved in Jharkhand - . ♦ The ancient folk culture preserved in Bihar is  Lok Gatha “Bihula Bishari”; Lok Gatha “Reshma Chuharmal”; Lok Gatha “Naradi”; Bidesia Lok Natya; Godana Painting (Madhubani), Domkach folk dance; Jharni & Jhinjhia folk dance; ♦ Lok Natya “Hirni-Birni”; Panwaria, Domkach & Sohar Khilona folk dance; Bihar Ke Paramparik Natya; Drupad Dhamar, Godna Geet, Sikki Kala, Tikuli Art and Madhubani Painting. ♦ Daffumuttu, Poorakali, Malayankettu & Kannerpattu, Kanyarkali and Arabanamuttu are the ancient folk cultures preserved in Kerala - . ♦ There is no special scheme to preserve these special folk art forms. However, these ZCCs regularly organize various cultural activities and programs throughout the country and provide them with annual funding.  

    Bamiyan Buddhas-Taliban

    28 days ago
    In March 2001, the Taliban began to blow up two huge Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Now, 20 years later, the Bamiyan Buddhas have been brought back to life in the form of 3D projections in an event called “A Night With Buddha”. Highlights: ♦ Bamiyan Buddha is a model of the fusion of Gupta, Sassanian and Hellenistic artistic style. ♦ It is said that the history of Bamiyan Buddha can be traced back to the 5th century AD. ♦ They used to be the tallest standing Buddha statues in the world. ♦ They were called by locals Salsal and Shamama. ♦ Salsal - The light shines on the entire universe; Shamama - The queen mother. ♦ UNESCO included the remains on the 2003 World Heritage List ♦ Efforts have been made to use the available debris to restore and rebuild the walls of the Buddha statue.  

    Lingaraja Temple- Maha Shivaratri

    31 days ago
    Lingaraja Temple was in news in the view of Maha shivaratri About Lingaraja Temple: ♦ This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. ♦ Built by Jajati Keshari, King Soma Vansh. ♦ It is built with red stone and is a classic example of Kalinga architectural style. ♦ Bindusagar Lake located in the north of the temple. ♦ This temple has a portrait of Vishnu, probably due to the rise of the Jagannath sect, which originated from the Ganges ruler who built the Jagannath Monastery in Puri in the 12th century.  

    Conservation of Konark Sun Temple

    33 days ago
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is protecting Konark’s Sun Temple. About the temple: The Konark Temple, built in the 13th century, is considered a huge chariot of the sun god, led by 7 horses by 12 pairs of beautifully decorated wheels. It was built by King Narashimadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganges Dynasty. This temple was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984 and is famous for its outstanding architectural design and rich and abundant sculptures. This temple is a perfect blend of Kalinga architecture, tradition, exotic beaches and natural beauty. It is protected by the Indian National Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Relics (AMASR) Act (1958) and its regulations (1959). Konark is the 3rd link in the Golden Triangle of Odisha. The first link is Jagannath Puri, and the second link is Bhubaneswar (the capital of Orissa). The temple was called the "Black Pagoda" because of its dark color and was used by ancient sailors as a nautical landmark in Orissa. Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri is called the "White Pagoda". It is still the main pilgrimage site for Hindus. Every year around February, Hindus gather here to participate in the Chandrabhaga Mela.  

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites-Declaration

    33 days ago
    UNESCO World Heritage Sites Declaration. World heritage sites are classified as natural or man-made areas or structures of international importance, as well as spaces that require special protection. Highlights: ♦ Currently, 42 sites in India are included in the "Tentative List", which is a prerequisite for inclusion in the World Heritage Site. ♦ "Dholavira: Harapan City" has submitted its nomination and will be nominated as a World Heritage Site in 2019-2020. ♦ The nomination files for " Santiniketan, India " and " Sacred Ensemble of Hoysalas " have been submitted to UNESCO for the 2021-22 cycle. About World Heritage site: ♦ World heritage sites are classified as natural or man-made areas or structures of international importance, as well as spaces that require special protection. ♦ These sites are officially recognized by the United Nations and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as UNESCO). ♦ UNESCO believes that sites listed as World Heritage are very important to mankind and have cultural and material significance.

    Conservation Project of Singorgarh Fort

    35 days ago
    The President held a conservation project at Singorgarh Fort in Damoh District (MP). About Singorgarh Fort: ♦ It is an old hill fortress of the Gondwana dynasty, with hills all over the forested area. ♦ Singorgarh Fort is located in Damoh District, Madhya Pradesh. ♦ The fort is the residence of the ruler of Gond in Central India. ♦ Prior to this, the fort was under the rule of the Chandela rulers in the BundelKhand region. ♦ This fortress has a special connection with Rani Durgavati, Queen of Gondwana from 1550 to 1564.

    Buddhist Monastery Founded in Jharkhand ASI

    45 days ago
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a Buddhist monastery believed to be at least 900 years old in a village near Juljul Pahar in Sitagarhi Hills, Jharkhand. It was buried in a Under the mound. Earlier, an ancient Buddhist shrine buried under a similar mound was discovered near the site. Highlights: Unearthed Articrafts: ♦ Four statues of god Tara in Varad Mudra (showing the gesture of allocating ballon hands). ♦ Nagri text on the statue of Tara: Nagri is an early version of Devnagri text, and its word represents Buddhist belief. ♦ The six Buddha statues in the Bhumisparsha Mudra (the gesture of the hand shows the five fingers of the right hand to the earth, symbolizing the Buddha's understanding). ♦ The sculpture appears to be a statue of Shaivite deity Maheswari - with a crown and chakras coiled around-representing the cultural assimilation of the region. ♦ Since the monastery is located on the old route to Varanasi, and Varanasi is only 10 kilometers away from Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first sermon, this discovery is of great significance. ♦ The existence of the statue of Tara indicates that the Vajrayana form of Buddhism in this area may spread. ♦ Vajrayana: The Vajrayana language means "Thunderbolt Che" and is also known as Tantric Buddhism. This Buddhist school developed in India around 900 AD. Compared with other Buddhist schools, its foundation is esoteric elements and a very complicated set of rituals.

    Inscription of Vijayanagar King Krishnadevaraya Period Was Found

    45 days ago
    In Honnenahalli in the Tumakuru region of Karnataka, the first demographic reference (inscription) of the date of the death of Vijayanagar King Krishnadevaraya was discovered. Highlights: ♦ Normally, the death of the king is not recorded in the inscription, which is one of those rare records. ♦ According to the inscription, Krishnadevaraya was one of India's greatest emperors, ruled from the south, and died on October 17, 1529 (Sunday). ♦ By the way, this day is marked by a lunar eclipse. ♦ The inscription is carved on a plate on the north side of Gopalakrishna Temple in Honnenahalli, Tumakuru District. ♦ The inscription founded also records the gifts in the village of Honnenahalli in Tumakuru to worship the god Veeraprasanna Hanumantha in Tumakuru. The inscription is written in Kannada. Krishnadevaraya: He was the ruler of the Vijayanagar Empire (1509-29 AD) of the Tuluva Dynasty. His rule is characterized by expansion and consolidation. He is famous for building some exquisite temples and adding impressive fish purses to many important South Indian temples. He also followed his mother to establish a suburban town called Nagalapuram near Vijayanagar. He wrote a work on national policy in Telugu (Amuktamalyada). Vijayanagar: Vijayanagara or "Victory City" is both the name of the city and the empire. The empire was established in the 14th century (1336 AD) by Harihara and Bukka of the Sangama dynasty. They made Hampi the capital. In 1986, Hampi was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It stretches from the Krishna River in the north to the southernmost tip of the peninsula. The Vijayanagar Empire was ruled by four important dynasties, namely: Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva, Aravidu.

    Highlights of Khajuraho Dance Festival

    49 days ago
    The six-day Khajuraho Dance Festival begins on February 21, 2021. The dance festival will be held in Khajuraho Temple.  Highlights: ♦ Khajuraho Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, and is famous for its ancient Hindu temples and Jain temples. This festival will be held at the temple site in 44 years.  ♦ The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) granted permission to organize a music festival on site. This year, the cost of holding a music festival was also waived. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Madhya Pradesh Government.  ♦ About 46 years ago, in 1974, this place began to hold dance festivals with the purpose of promoting the development of heritage and tourism.  ♦ According to reports, ASI cancelled the permit two years later in 1976 following the destruction of the monuments and the defacement of the idols. Therefore, in the past 44 years, music festivals have been held in open gardens. ♦ Khajuraho Dance Festival is held by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad from February 20th to February 26th every year. This is a week-long classical dance festival. It was organized under the premise of Khajuraho Temple in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.  ♦ The dance festival showcases the richness of Indian classical dance styles, including Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, and Kupchipudi And Kathakali. Recently, modern Indian dance has also joined the festival.  ♦ Khajuraho is a group of monuments composed of Hindu temples and Jain temples which is located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. It is located about 175 kilometers southeast of Jhansi. This temple (Khajuraho Temple) is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Khajuraho Temple is famous for its architectural symbol of Nagara style. Most temples were built by the Chandra Dynasty between 885 and 1050 AD.  

    Kalaripayattu Martial Art in Kerala

    57 days ago
    Kalaripayattu is a martial art that originated in Kerala from the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD. Kalaripayattu: Kalaripayattu is a martial art that belongs to Kerala. The term kalari first appeared in Sangam literature to describe battlefields and battlefields. It is also considered to be one of the oldest combat systems in existence. This practice is now practiced in the contiguous area of Tamil Nadu, Kerala. The Kalaripayattu technique includes a combination of steps (Chuvatu) and posture (Vadivu). Chuvatu literally means "step", the basic step of martial arts. Vadivu literally means "posture" or position is the basic feature of Kalaripayattu training. Named after animals, they usually have eight.

    Tholpavakkoothu by Robot in Kerala

    57 days ago
    A shadow puppet in Tholpavakkoothu, a famous temple art in Kerala, was animated by a robot. It is the traditional temple art of Kerala, which has its roots in Palakkad and surrounding areas. Highlights: ♦ Tholpavakkoothu is mainly confined to the Pulavar family in the Shoranur area of Palakkad. Among the ancient artworks of Kerala, tholpavakkoothu or shadow play occupies an important position. This is a model of cultural integration between the Aryans and Dravidians. ♦ Tholpavakkoothu is an annual festival, a ritual art performed in the Kaali temple in the Palakkad area. It is also called Nizhalkkoothu and Olakkoothu. The theme of the play is based on "Kamba Ramayana" (the Tamil version of the epic). ♦ In Malayalam, Thol stands for leather, and pava stands for doll and koothu script. Although the origin of this ritual art form is not yet clear, some people believe that it can be traced back to 1200. It was once performed in the Bhadrakali temple in Palakkad and told the story of Ramayana. ♦ Tholpavakkoothu entertainment art is performed on a special stage called koothumadam in the temple courtyard. It is executed using mythical characters and the fire and lighting behind the screen. ♦ The chief puppeter is called "Puzhawan". The musical instrument used in Tholpavakkoothu is Ezhupara, Chenda and Maddalam etc. Puppetry in India: Andhra Pradesh – Tholu Bommalata Karnataka – Togalu Gombeyaata Maharashtra – Charma Bahuli natya Odisha – Ravanachhaya Kerala – Tholpavakkoothu Tamil Nadu – Thol Bommalatam

    Ratha Saptami Festival to be on 19th February

    64 days ago
    This year's Ratha Saptami Music Festival will be celebrated on February 19, 2021. Highlights: Ratha Saptami is an annual Hindu festival dedicated to the sun god Surya. It consists of two words-"Ratha" means chariot and "Saptami" means seventh. On this day, a one-day Brahma was held in Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh). Ratha Saptami is also called Surya Jayanti because it marks the birth of Surya and is called Magha Saptami because it belongs to the seventh day (Saptami) of the Hindu month Magha. Ratha Saptami also marks the change from spring to spring and the beginning of the harvest season.

    Patronizing of Monpa Handmade Paper

    66 days ago
    After PM promoted Mann ki Baat, people patronized Tawang's Monpa Handmade Paper. About Monpa Handmade Paper: ♦ These are handcrafted by artisans in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. ♦ Monpa handmade paper is made from the bark of a Shung Sheng tree grown in Tawang, and is known for its unique translucent fiber texture. ♦ Paper has no weight, but its natural fibres add great tensile strength to the paper, making it suitable for various artworks. ♦ Monpa handmade paper has been used for writing Buddhist scriptures, manuscripts and making prayer flags. ♦ Writing on this paper is also tamper-proof. ♦ Paper was once produced in every family in Tawang and exported to many countries such as Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar and Japan. ♦ However, with the emergence of new technologies, the handmade paper industry has almost disappeared in the past 100 years.

    Highlights of Pattachitra Art

    69 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised a girl named Bhagyashree in Orissa on his Manki bat show. This girl has mastered the art of using soft gemstones to create Patakitra on various themes. The girl improved her skills during the lock-in and created Patakitra artwork on unused bottles, light bulbs, and various glass and plastic materials.  Highlights: ♦ The term Pattachitra or Patachitra is often used for traditional cloth-based scroll painting. The art form is based on the states of Orissa and West Bengal.  ♦ This art form is famous for its intricate details, mythical narratives and folk tales. This is an ancient art form in Odisha, made for worshippers and pilgrims going to temples.  ♦ These art forms are part of ancient Bengali narrative art. The word "Patta" literally means "cloth", and "Chitra" means "picture" in Sanskrit. ♦ The colours used in the "paintings" are natural and these paintings are made by Chitrakaras (Odiya painters) in an ancient traditional way.  ♦ The paintings done on the canvas include rich colour applications, creative patterns and designs. The theme of painting These paintings are based on Indian mythology. It was strongly inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava school. ♦ Therefore, the theme of Odia paintings always revolves around Lord Jagannath and the Vaishnava sect.  ♦ The themes of these paintings are myths, religious stories and folklore. Completed personal paintings of gods and goddesses. Pattachitra's painting style combines folk and classical elements.  ♦ The dress style in the painting has an influence on the Mughal. Painting category According to different media, the pattachitra paintings in Odisha are divided into three categories, namely paintings on cloth or "Patta Chitra", mural paintings or "Bhatti Chitra" and palm leaf paintings or "Tala Patra Chitra". ♦ Patachitra's geographical indications are registered differently in these two states because the painting styles and patterns of the two states are different. Patachitra of Orissa is registered as Orissa Pattachitra, and Patachitra of West Bengal is registered as Patachitra of Bangladesh.

    Kala Utsav Organized by Education Ministry

    73 days ago
    The Ministry of Education organized the Kala Utsav 2020 annual event to promote the development of arts in education. Highlights:  ♦ Kala Utsav is an initiative of the Ministry of Education (MoE) to promote the development of arts in education. ♦ The programme was initiated by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and has now been merged with other schemes under the "Samagra Shiksha- an integrated scheme for School Education ". ♦ Kala Utsav aims to cultivate and showcase the artistic talents of secondary stage school students in the country. ♦ District/state/national level Utsav is an art festival that includes performances and exhibitions. ♦ According to NCF 2005, in terms of education of Arts (music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts), the initiative is guided by the recommendations of the National Curriculum Framework 2005 (NCF-2005). Importance: ♦ In 2020, Kala Utsav introduced the Indigenous Toys and Games department and supported the "Vocal for Local" initiative ♦ It keeps pace with the recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020, which emphasizes the promotion of art and culture through education. ♦ It complements the Samagra Shiksha scheme by enhancing the aesthetic and artistic experience of secondary-level school students, which plays an important role in raising awareness of India’s rich cultural heritage and its vibrant diversity with 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' effect. ♦ It improves students' reasoning ability, understanding ability, problem-solving ability, cognitive ability and decisive ability, and contributes to the overall development of students. ♦ Other Initiatives Taken for Promoting Arts: Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana (Ministry of Culture), Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Culture).

    Risa - Tripura's Signature Garment

    76 days ago
    The aim of the Tripura State Government is to promote risa nationwide as Tripura’s signature garment. Highlights: ♦ Various initiatives have been taken, such as providing risa uniforms to Anganwadi and ASHA workers, and providing training to making risa at Tripura Handloom and Handicraft Development corporations. The risa is being branded under the India Handloom Brand. This supports the “Vocal for Local” initiative of the central government. ♦ Risa: Risa is a hand-woven cloth used as a female upper garment. Risa is a part of Tripuri's traditional attire, including three parts-risa, rignai and rikutu. ♦ Rignai: It is mainly worn as a lower garment, literally means "to wear". It can be understood as an indigenous variety of sari in mainland India. ♦ Rituku: It is mainly used as a wrapping cloth for Indian saris, or like "chunri" or "pallu". ♦ Sometimes, Risa can also be used as headgear, a stole, or a present to show respect. Cultural Importance: In the event called Risa Sormani, Adolescent Tripuri girls between the ages of 12 and 14 were first to wear on risa clothes. During weddings and festivals, Risa is also used as a turban by men. Risa is common in almost all 19 indigenous tribal communities in Tripura. However, each community has its own design. Tribal communities use it on religious festivals such as Garia Puja.

    Risa in the Tripura Culture

    80 days ago
    Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb wore "Risa" on Kokborok Day. The Chief Minister issued a style statement by Risa. The Tripura government will promote Risa at the national and international levels. Highlights: ♦ Risa is Tripura's traditional costume. Both men and women in Tripura wear Risa. ♦ There are two parts in the upper body of the ladies' clothing, namely Risa and Rikutu. Risa covered the chest, and rikutu covered the entire upper part. Women's clothing that covers the lower half of the body is called Rigwani or Rignai. ♦ Each clan of Tripura has its own "Rignai" style and design. Tripura's clan is determined by Rignai. ♦ Men in Tripura wear Risa headscarves and can also tie their waist to Dhuti. When men put on Risa, it empowers them and shows the person's identity. It is also used as a silencer in winter. ♦ Risa is also used to hold babies in Tripura culture. ♦ "Risa Sormani" is the adolescence ceremony of Tripuri girls. On this day, for the first time girls aged 12-14 were dressed in casual clothes. ♦ The history of Tripuri clothing originated before the reign of King Manikya. In ancient times, the intelligence of a woman in the community was judged based on her weaving Risa and Rignai designs. ♦ The dwarf king Maharaj Trilochana invented 250 Rignai and Risa designs for his 250 wives. However, as time passed, most of these designs were lost. Therefore, the Tripura government tried to promote Risa and Tripura's other traditional clothing. ♦ Tripura celebrates "Kokborok Day" to celebrate the development of the Kokborok language. This is every January 19th. Kokborok is the official language of Tripura.  ♦ January 19 was chosen as an event to celebrate Kokborok Day because the language was recognized as an official language on this day in 1979.  

    Avadh Shilpgram Organized Hunar Haat

    81 days ago
    Avadh Shilpgram in Lucknow organized the 24th “Hunar Haat” of Indigenous Products of Artisans and Craftsmens. Highlights: ♦ The theme of the 24th "Hunar Haat" organized by the Ministry of Minority Affairs is “Vocal for Local”. ♦ Approximately 500 craftsmen and artisans from 31 States/UTs of the country are participating.  ♦ Indigenous products are displayed, such as Ajrakh, Applique, Art metal products, Bagh prints, Batik, Banarsi Saree, Bandhej, Bastar art and herbal products, Block prints, Brass metal bracelets, Sugar cane and Bamboo products, ♦ Canvas paintings, Chikankari, copper bells, Dried flowers, Handloom textiles, Kalamkari, Mangalgiri, Kota silk, Lac bracelets, Leather products, Pashmina shawls, Rampuri violin, wooden and iron toys, kantha embroidery, brass products, crystal glass products, Sandalwood products, etc. ♦ In addition to products and food items, artists will also perform cultural activities. ♦ With thousands of people visiting "Hunar Haat" and buying handicrafts of indigenous handmade products, "Hunar Haat" has proven to be extremely beneficial and inspiring to artisans and craftsmen.

    Kalaripayattu teach at Vellar Crafts Village in Kerala Tourism

    82 days ago
    With the establishment of a academy in the capital of Kerala, the popularity of Kalaripayattu will surge. Highlights: ♦ Now, on the way to Kovalam at Vellar Craft Village of the Kerala Tourism Authority, Kalaripayattu will be taught. ♦ 3,500 square feet of the village’s college is planned to be completed within two months. ♦ The Chief Minister of Kerala recently released the syllabus of Kalaripayattu Academy at the inauguration ceremony of the renovated Crafts Village. Kalaripayattu: ♦ It is also known as Kalari. Kalaripayattu is an martial art and fighting style of Indians that originated in Kerala. ♦ It is considered to be one of the oldest martial arts still in existence, and its origin can be traced back to at least the 3rd century BC. ♦ It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and treatment methods. ♦ Practitioners of Kalaripayattu also have complex knowledge of human pressure points and healing techniques that combine knowledge of Ayurveda and yoga. ♦ Unlike other parts of India, fighters in Kerala belong to all castes. ♦ Women from the Keralite society also received training in Kalaripayattu and are still receiving training today.

    Surya Majjana in Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

    84 days ago
    The cloudy sky affects the phenomenon called Surya Majjana in Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (Karnataka) every year. Key Facts: ♦ This temple is located in Bangalore, Karnataka. ♦ The name of the temple derived from the combination of topographical features and mythology: gavi (cave) and Gangadhareswara (shiva) refer to the Lord who decorated the Ganges. ♦ It is believed that it was built in its current form by Kempe Gowda I. Architecture Features: ♦ Celestial Oriented Architecture: Built in the Vijaynagar style, with unique celestial oriented rock-cut architecture due to which, Surya majjana appears in Sankranti every year. ♦ Surya Majjana: On the day of  Makar Sankranti, Rays of Sun falls on linga in the cave (gavi), making it glow for ten minutes. Two Monolithic structures: ♦ In the forecourt stand two monolithic structures called Suryapana and Chandrapana, each of which consists of a huge disc on top of a supporting pillar. ♦ The sitting bulls’ engravings are located on the discs that face each other. The iconography of Shiva: ♦ The courtyard of the temple is decorated with the monolith structures related to the iconography of Shiva-trishula (trident) and damaru (hourglass-shaped two-headed drum). ♦ Between the two discs, there is a brass dhwajasthambha (Flagstaff) and a small compartment containing a statue of Nandi, Shiva's bull carrier.

    Archaeologists Discovered the Worlds Oldest Cave Art

    85 days ago
    Archaeologists discovered the oldest cave art in the world. It is a life-size photo of a wild boar, which was painted in Indonesia at least 45,500 years ago. The photo was found in Leang Tedongnge cave in a remote valley in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Highlights: ♦ Sulawesi Warthog painting can be traced back at least 45,500 years ago. ♦ It shows a pig with short upright hair on the top of the head and a pair of horn-shaped warts in front of the eyes, which are characteristic of adult male Sulawesi warthogs. ♦ The Sulawesi Warthog is the most commonly depicted animal in the island’s ice age rock art, which shows that they have long been regarded as food and the focus of creative thinking and artistic expression. ♦ The pig was painted with red stone paint and seems to be observing the fighting or social interaction between the other two warthogs. ♦ The oldest rock art "scene" is at least 43,900 years old, depicting a mixture of animals and animals hunting Sulawesi warthogs and dwarf animals It was discovered by the same research team at a nearby limestone cave site. Cave Paintings in India: ♦ Ajanta Cave is located in the Aurangabad area of Maharashtra. Ajanta’s famous murals are of dying princesses, flying fairies and missionary Buddha. ♦ Ellora is located in the Aurangabad region of Maharashtra. This cave is popular for the largest monolithic excavation in the world-the great Kailasa. ♦ Elephanta is located on the Elephanta Islands in Mumbai. The Elephanta team has excavated 7 caves. ♦ Bhimbetka is located between Hoshangabad and Bhopal, at the foot of Vindhya Mountain. It has one of the oldest paintings in India and the world.

    Yakshagana Artiste Died While Performing On Stage

    95 days ago
    The Yakshagana artist died while performing on the stage. Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form in Karnataka. This is a temple art form depicting myths and Pune. Highlights: ♦ Performance performed with large headwear, exquisite facial makeup, and vibrant costumes and decorations. ♦ It is usually quoted in Kannada and is also used in Malayalam and Tulu (a dialect of southern Karnataka). ♦ Tulu is a Dravidian language and its speakers are concentrated in the Tulu Nadu region, which includes the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi regions of Karnataka and the northern part of the Kasaragod region of Kerala. ♦ The oldest inscriptions available in Tulu are from the 14th to 15th century AD. ♦ It is played with percussion instruments such as chenda, maddalam, jagatta or chengila (cy) and chakratala or elathalam (small). ♦ The most popular episodes are from Mahabharata, namely Draupadi swayamvar, Subhadra vivah, etc., and Ramayana, namely Rajyabhishek, Lav-Kush yuddh, etc.

    Vandalism Of The Idol Of Lord Rama

    97 days ago
    The 16th-century Ramateertham temple was seen in the news due to the vandalism of the idol of Lord Rama at the Kodandarama Swamy temple. Highlights: ♦ On December 29, Lord Rama’s idol was destroyed on the top of the historic Ramateertham Temple, which is 12 kilometres away from Vizianagaram. ♦ It is located in Andhra Pradesh. ♦ Ramateertham is one of the sacred places of traditional communication with Lord Sree Rama. ♦ The famous ancient temple of Ramachandra Swamy can be found here.  ♦ The idols of Lord Ramachandra Swamy, Sita and Lakshmana in Silver kavachas can be seen at this temple.

    Dhokra Art Added to the Tribes India collection

    110 days ago
    Dhokra decorative pieces added to the Tribes India collection. Dhokra products reflect the simplicity and themes of tribal and folklife. Dhokra art: ♦ Dhokra is a non-ferrous metal casting style that uses the lost wax technique. ♦ For hundreds of years, this style of metal casting has been popular all over India. ♦ Dhokra products reflect the simplicity and themes of tribal and folklife. ♦ They are very popular both in India and abroad. ♦ Dhokra artworks are basically metal figurines mainly made of bronze and copper. ♦ Although Dhokra art originated in West Bengal, over time, the tribe moved to Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh, as well as Kerala and Rajasthan. Therefore, art now spreads all over India.

    Gwalior & Orchha included in UNESCO World Heritage City list

    126 days ago
    Gwalior and Orchha of Madhya Pradesh have been included in the list of World Heritage City by UNESCO. Highlights: ♦ The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization - UNESCO, an agency of the United Nations, aims at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture. ♦ Orchha was the 16th century capital of the erstwhile Bundeladynasty. Orchha, located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, is famous all over the world for its temples and palaces.  ♦ Orchha Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Ramaraja Mandir, Rai Praveen Mahal, Laxminarayan Mandir and many other famous temples and palaces are famous for a unique confluence of Rajput and Mughal architectural influences.  ♦ At the same time, Gwalior city has been the capital of Gurjar Pratihar, Tomar, Baghel Kachhwahs andScindiaRajvansh. The ancient signs left by them will be found in the form of monuments, forts, palaces. ♦ Gwalior is known for its palaces & temples, including the intricately carved SasBahuKaMandir temple.  ♦ After being included in the list of World Heritage, UNESCO will work with the tourism department of the state to preserve and refine these archaeological and historical monuments of Orchha and Gwalior.

    ASI Has Taken Steps To Protect Hampi Stone Chariot

    126 days ago
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken steps to protect the stone carts in the Vittala Temple complex in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) under the Ministry of Culture is the primary organization for archaeological research and protection of national cultural heritage. Hampi Chariot: It is one of the three famous stone chariots in India. The other two are in Konark in Odisha and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. It was built by King Krishnadevaraya, ruler of Vijayanagara, in the 16th century. The rulers of Vijayanagara ruled from the 14th to the 17th century AD. This is the shrine dedicated to the official vehicle Garuda of Lord Vishnu. Vittala Temple: It was built in the 15th century during the reign of Devaraya II, one of the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is dedicated to Vitara, also known as Vijaya Vitara Temple It is said that Vitala is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Dravidian style decorates the building's architecture and further enhances the architectural style through exquisite carvings.

    Idol Annapurna to Be Brought Back From Canada

    131 days ago
    The ancient goddess Annapurna idol stolen from India about a century ago is being brought back from Canada. Annapurna Idol: Annapurna is the goddess of food. The 18th-century idols engraved in the style of Benares are part of the collection of the MacKenzie Art Museum at the University of Regina, Canada. A few weeks ago, the ancient 13th-century bronze idols of Lord Rama, Laxmana, and Goddess Sita were recently transferred from the UK to the government of Tamil Nadu. Between 2014 and 2020, the government has recovered 40 antiquities from various countries/regions. According to ASI records, between 1976 and 2014, 13 antique works were sent back to our country.

    Remains of Kakatiyas Has Founded at Mamunoor

    144 days ago
    The Structural remains of an uncompleted grand shrine of Kakatiyas have been found at Mamunoor in Warangal Urban district. The character of the temple is identical with the Thousand Pillar temple built by Rudradeva Maharaja – the illustrious king of Kakatiya dynasty. Highlights: ♦ The 13th-century shrine found in the Warangal downtown area of Telangana is unfinished, but its architecture is extraordinary and delicate. ♦ It contains a very wide floor plan, possibly a spacious floor plan of Trikuta Shrine, used to install the entrance porch, vestibule and sanctuary. ♦ King Deva of Ganapati (AD 1199-1262) may have started the construction of this mansion in the last years of his reign, but his successors Rudramadevi or Pratapa Rudradeva did not build it because of their expeditions to enemies and leaders. ♦ The features of this temple are the same as the Temple of Thousand Pillars built by Rudradeva Maharaja, the outstanding king of the Katathi Dynasty. Swayambhu temple and Keerthi Thoranas, Warangal fort: The Warangal Fort is a huge structure with three different circular fortresses surrounded by a moat. According to the main point of view, four paths with ornamental and noble passages, called Keerthi Thorana or Hamsa Thorana, lead to the centre, where there was once a huge Shiva Temple (Swayambhu Gudi). The archaeological remains from the exploration plan of the Swayambhu Temple show that the huge scale of the temple is confirmed by Kridabhiramamu's contemporary works. The portico is obvious, but most of the temple is archaeologically important because it can clearly see the entire portico and portico. Rudreswara Temple (Thousand pillars temple), Hanumakonda: Rudreswara Temple is known locally as Veyisthambala Gudi (Temple of Thousand Pillars) and is one of the best and earliest examples of Kakatiya art, architecture and sculpture. And It was built by Rudra Deva, and named after him Sri Rudreswara (Sri Rudreswara) Temple Temple, the main god is Rudreswara (Rudreswara), adopted later The Chalukyan and early Kakatiyan architectural styles are star-shaped and triple luminous (Trikutalaya). The temple is a model of architecture and sculpture, with 1,000 pillars, indicating that the temple has many pillars. There are exquisitely carved pillars, perforated screens, and exquisite icons; the rock-cut elephant and the whole dolomite Nandi are part of the temple. Rudreswara (Ramappa) temple, Palampet:  Rudreswara (Ramappa) Temple is 65 km from the Warangal Hotel in Palampet. The Ram Papa Temple is probably the only temple in India known by the name of the sculptor who built it. The chief sculptor is Rappappa, who is now famous for this temple, not after the presiding god Ramalingeswara as usual. Ramappa Temple was built by King Kakati Ganapathi Deva on behalf of Chief King Rudra Samani in Ranakude, Atulu Province. This temple is correctly described as "the brightest star in the Deccan Medieval Temple Galaxy".

    Culture Minister Hands Over Idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana And Goddess Sita Dating Back To 13th Century

    144 days ago
    Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism handed over the Bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Goddess Sita to Idol Wing, Government of Tamil Nadu at a ceremony held today in ASI Headquarters, DharoharBhawan in New Delhi. Highlights: ♦ Previously, on September 15, 2020, these bronze idols were handed over to the Indian High Commission in London by the London Metropolitan Police. ♦ According to photographs completed in 1958, these idols belonged to Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple (a temple built during the Vijayanagara period) in Anandamangaram, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu.  ♦ According to an investigation by the Police Idol Unit of Tamil Nadu, these idols were stolen from the Vishnu Temple in Rajagopal, Sri Lanka on November 23/24, 1978. ♦ The bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and GoddessSita are the masterpieces of Indian Metal Art respectively. In terms of style, the history of these sculptures can be traced back to the 13th century AD. ♦ The Minister congratulated the Archaeological Survey of India, Special Idol Wing, Government of Tamil Nadu, DRI and High Commission of India, London for their continuous efforts in bringing these idols back to the country ♦ The Minister also announced that as a part of the commemoration ceremony of 75th year of Indian Independence, the agencies/applicants working in the areas of Indian Independence Movement, the life of freedom fighters, Indian traditions, heritage and culture, tourism development and promotion and other issues relating to national importance will be exempt from payments of fees/charges for shooting/photography in different monuments of ASI ( except  World heritage sites/ Iconic sites) during the period commencing from the Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25, 2020 to August 15, 2021. ♦ The applicants/agencies will need to apply online for permission to carry out such shooting activities.

    Warli Art is to Create Awareness Now

    154 days ago
    Specialists in Hyderabad are utilizing customary Warli craftsmanship (Maharashtra) structure to decorate Hyderabad, yet additionally to make mindfulness on significant issues. Highlights: ♦ Warli is a conventional artistic expression of Maharashtra.   ♦ Its foundations can be followed to as ahead of schedule as the tenth century A.D. ♦ These artworks are particular with their distinctive differentiation articulations. ♦ These artworks are essentially overwhelmed by fundamental mathematical shapes like circles, triangles and squares. ♦ These mathematical shapes remain as an image of common components in our current circumstance. ♦ For instance, the circles speak to the sun and moon, the triangles speak to the mountains and the squares are considered as the focal themes of the  artistic creation. ♦ Individuals and creatures are spoken to by two modified triangles consolidated, where the upper triangle is the middle and the lower triangle is the pelvis. ♦ The focal subject of the artworks are scenes depicting hunting, fishing, cultivating, celebration and moves, trees and creatures are utilized to encompass the focal topic. ♦ Warli fine art is being utilized by numerous specialists to improve urban communities and spread mindfulness through divider canvases.   ♦ It is additionally being utilized to decorate packs, bedsheets and numerous different things. ♦ Warli is the clear articulation of day by day and get-togethers of the Warli clan of Maharashtra, utilized by them to decorate the dividers of townhouses.   ♦ They are an indigenous clan or Adivasis, living in the Mountainous just as beachfront territories of Maharashtra-Gujarat fringe and encompassing regions. ♦ They communicate in an unwritten Varli language which has a place with the southern zone of the Indo-Aryan dialects. 

    Miyas of Assam, and their char-chapori culture

    158 days ago
    A proposed Miya museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the people living in char-chaporis has stirred up a controversy in Assam. Highlights: ♦ The ‘Miya’ community comprises descendants of Muslim migrants from East Bengal (now Bangladesh) to Assam. They came to be referred to as ‘Miya's,' often in a derogatory manner. ♦ The community migrated in several waves — starting with the British annexation of Assam in 1826, and continuing into Partition and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Their Migration has resulted in changes in the demographic composition of the region. ♦ Years of discontent among the indigenous people led to the six-year-long (1979-85) anti-foreigner Assam Agitation to weed out the "illegal immigrant," who was perceived as trying to take over jobs, language, and culture of the indigenous population. Char-chaporis: Char-chaporis are shifting riverine islands of the Brahmaputra. The Muslims of Bengali-origin primarily inhabit these. A char is a floating island, while chaporis are low-lying flood-prone riverbanks. While Bengali-origin Muslims mainly occupy these islands, other communities such as Misings, Deoris, Kocharis, Nepalis also live here.  

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale - An Art exhibition and festival

    162 days ago
    Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be held annually. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Its 5th edition has been postponed to 2021. Highlights: ♦ Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an art exhibition & festival which is the largest of its kind in South Asia.  ♦ Kochi Biennale Foundation organizes the festival at Kochi, Kerala. The Foundation is a non-profitable charitable trust engaged in promoting and supporting art and culture and also educational activities in India. ♦ The organization works throughout the year to strengthen contemporary art infrastructure and broaden public access to art across India through diverse programs. ♦ Muziris was a port city once upon  time, among the earliest of its kind in the world. When Kerala established itself as a significant centre for spice, the ancient port of Muziris emerged as its hub. ♦ At present, the Muziris Heritage Project is one of India's most significant conservation projects, where the state & the central governments have come together to conserve a rich culture that is as old as 3000 years or more.  ♦ The biennale displays artworks across various mediums, including film, installation, painting, sculpture, etc.

    NGMA launched Virtual Tour of its permanent collection

    378 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 "http://www.ngmaindia.gov.in/index.asp". 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

    391 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

    392 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

    406 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

    418 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

    435 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

    438 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

    454 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

    504 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

    507 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

    521 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

    529 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

    535 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

    539 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

    543 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.

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