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  • Google partners with the government for the Crafted in India project

    October 9, 2019
    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

    October 7, 2019
    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

    September 24, 2019
    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

    September 19, 2019
    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

    September 18, 2019
    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

    September 7, 2019
    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

    August 25, 2019
    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

    August 16, 2019
    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

    August 14, 2019
    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

    July 16, 2019
    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

    July 15, 2019
    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

    July 11, 2019
    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

    June 11, 2019
    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

    June 8, 2019
    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

    May 23, 2019
    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

    March 12, 2019
    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

    February 8, 2019
    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

    December 22, 2018
    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

    December 19, 2018
    ‘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

    December 6, 2018
    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

    November 26, 2018
    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 worlds largest statue

    October 30, 2018
    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

    October 18, 2018
    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

    October 12, 2018
    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

    August 13, 2018
    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

    August 1, 2018
    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

    July 22, 2018
    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

    July 13, 2018
    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

    July 10, 2018
    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

    June 2, 2018
    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

    April 30, 2018
    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

    April 23, 2018
    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

    April 14, 2018
    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

    April 10, 2018
    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.

    Rachel Morrison 1st Oscar nominated female cinematographer

    January 24, 2018
    Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to receive an Oscar nomination in the 89-year-old history of the Awards. She has been nominated for her work in the film 'Mudbound'. "The job of the cinematographer is to visualise emotion - things we as women are inherently good at," said Rachel while speaking about her nomination.

    Shah Rukh Khan Honoured with Crystal Award at World Economic Forum

    January 24, 2018
    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan honored with the 24th Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. According to the WEF, Shah Rukh Khan received Award for "his leadership in championing children's and women's rights in India". He received the award alongside Elton John and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett.

    FICCI appoints Dilip Chenoy as Director General

    January 23, 2018
    Industry Chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and Member, Board of Advisors, IILM. He was awarded the Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.

    Bengali Poet Joy Goswami to Get 31st Moortidevi Award

    December 19, 2017
    Eminent Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be given the 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017. The committee, headed by poet and scholar Satya Vrat Shastri, unanimously decided to confer the award upon Goswami for his poetry collection titled Du Dondo Phowara Matro. It is the first time the award will be given to a Bengali poet. Du Dondo Phowara Matro is an autobiographical account of the poet's life featuring his close ones including a pet cat. The award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and cash award of Rupees 4 lakh.

    Star Screen Awards 2017 Held in Mumbai

    December 8, 2017
    Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well. The complete list of winners are as follows: Best Film (Critics): Newton Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu) Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton) Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium) Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu) Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal) Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal) Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu) Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos) Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).

    Amitabh Bachchan Launches Book on Indian Cinema

    December 5, 2017
    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a book based on Indian cinema in showbiz capital Mumbai. The book, titled 'Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!', is a coffee table book, which provides historical insights, lesser-known facts and behind-the-scenes exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of the Indian film industry. The book is co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur, the book on India's tinsel town is published by British multinational publishing company Dorling Kindersley (DK).

    South Africa Contestant wins Miss Universe crown

    November 27, 2017
    Current Affairs Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett. Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first-ever representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

    IFFI Nominates Nine Movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

    November 24, 2017
    The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Out of nine films, five are from India.  The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal are Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off. The foreign films in the fray are Amok from Poland, Khibula - a co-production of Germany, France and Georgia, The Last Painting from Taiwan and Women of The Weeping River - a joint production of the US and UK. 

    Kendall Jenner becomes world's highest paid model in 2017

    November 22, 2017
    American model Kendall Jenner beat Gisele Bündchen to become the world's highest-earning model in 2017, as per Forbes Report. The 22-year-old model's earnings have been estimated to be $22 million (142crores). Gisele, who has been the highest-paid model since 2002, was ranked second in the list this year, with earnings of $17.5 million (113 crores).

    IFFI 2017 Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress Sridevi

    November 21, 2017
    The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.  They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh. Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.

    Beyonce Named 2017's Highest-Paid Woman in Music according to Forbes

    November 21, 2017
    American singer Beyonce has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore). Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list. The Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are Beyonce ($105 million) Adele ($69 million) Taylor Swift ($44 million) Celine Dion ($42 million) Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).

    Nabaneeta Dev Sen honoured with Big Little Book Award

    November 21, 2017
    Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award. The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature. The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature. The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award. She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.

    Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 title

    November 20, 2017
    India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home. The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China. She is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai.

    India earns Rs. 14,354 crore by foreign tourist arrivals in October 2017

    November 19, 2017
    Tourism sector of India continues to flourish immensely. Notably, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of October 2017 was Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) have registered whopping growth of 18.1% in October 2017 in the country. The FEEs during the month of October 2017 were Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015.

    Famous Child Care activist Gopinath R. selected for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Youth Award 2017

    November 18, 2017
    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the largest student organization has selected Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017. Gopinath R. is a known child care activist from Bengaluru and has been taking care of at least 400 deprived children. He is selected a known child care activist from Bengaluru Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017 amongst the various nominations received this year from all over the country. The selection committee of Yuva Puraskar 2017 has selected nomination of Gopinath R. in appreciation of his work for “Childcare, protection, and development”.

    Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize

    November 18, 2017
    Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.

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