2 days ago
Jammu University organized the five-day youth festival Sangam 2019-20. It was conducted by Jammu University’s Bhaderwah campus in association with the Rashtriya Rifles. The youth festival was inaugurated by Lt. General Ranbir Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-chief, Northern Command.
The festival aimed to promote peace and prosperity in the Chenab Valley region. It was held in J&K’s Doda district.
The theme for the Sangam 2019-20, youth festival was Let’s Build our Nation. Over 1000 students from close to 32 colleges of the university participated in the festival. The event aimed to inculcate a sense of discipline, self-confidence, dedication, responsibility, and patriotism among the youth, which directly leads to building a stronger nation.
5 days ago
The 10th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was inaugurated by Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Lalji Tandon. The festival aims to celebrate India’s plural traditions and culture under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Matrix.
The aim is to celebrate World culture history and praise India, which has retained its culture even after several invasions and attempts at colonization.
The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav:
♦ Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is hosted in Madhya Pradesh, as it is the cultural capital of India
♦ A week-long diversified cultural carnival is celebrated in the cities of Jabalpur, Sagar, and Rewa of Madhya Pradesh from 14th October to 21st October 2019
♦ Craftsmen-artists-culture practitioners from different states of India will be participating in the festival
♦ The festival will showcase the various art forms, works, and exhibitions
September 18, 2019
Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest for 5th International Ramayana Festival.
It is organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi
ICCR established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayana festival
International Ramayana Festival
International Ramayana Festival is organized for 5th year in a row during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayan. Ramayan is one such scripture that has transcended Personal, Societal, Religious, Cultural and National boundaries and reached a global audience.
The Indian culture and Ramayan is the treasure of centuries-old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. The Maharishi Valmiki on the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life.
Amit Shah congratulated ICCR for its ravishing effort to take Indian culture and its ambassador Ramayan to the whole world. He also encouraged people to imbibe values from Ramayan in their lives and strive to become an ideal human being.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Independent India’s first Education Minister.
Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs pertaining to India’s external cultural relations
To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people, and to develop relations with nations.
September 9, 2019
The representatives from the International Film Fraternity of Toronto International Film Festival 2019. The important discussions includes the participation at the Golden Jubilee Edition of IFFI with the Ease of filming in India recent initiatives to promote film facilitation in the form of single window clearance and the growth potential of different verticals under the M&E Sector of India.
The special focus on India for the Festival commencing from 10th October 2019 under the Foreign Language Category.
The discussion with senior representatives from the Global-gate Entertainment – Mr William Pfeiffer & Ms Meg Thompson - focused on the policy framework of films under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India – especially in the context of ease of filming in India. The Government of India’s initiatives on ease of shooting, Mr Pfeiffer suggested if the process of incentivisation could be fast-tracked, it would provide value to the structure & framework, which would help boost film-making in India. They agreed to sensitize participants about IFFI 2019 and suggested to provide names of eminent directors, film-makers, producers and actors who can be invited to IFFI this year.
Ms Philippa Mossman, Head of International Screen Attraction, New Zealand Film Commission and representatives from the Israel film fund discussed possibilities of collaborations on convening Festivals; India being the focus country in both the festivals and fast-tracking of co-production agreements. The Indian Delegation also met with Mr Thomas Rado, President/ CEO, Gibraltar & Palme and Ms Dilani Rabindran, with whom the prospect of participation in the 50th Edition of IFFI was discussed.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating at the Toronto International Film Festival from 5-15 September 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The Indian Delegation includes Shri Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals and Ms. Dhanpreet Kaur, Deputy Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The market potential for Indian content in Toronto is huge because of the strong presence of the Indian diaspora and great interest in Indian Cinema. India-Canada are in a co-production treaty as well and opportunities to work on co-producing films with Canada will be explored by the Delegation during the course of the Festival.
August 17, 2019
The Aadi Mahotsav, a National Tribal Festival, is celebrated at Polo Ground in Leh-Ladakh. It is a 9 day event that starts from 17th August to 25th August. It is celebrated with a theme of 'A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce'. The festival was inaugurated by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik and Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs.
Around 160 Tribal artisans from more than 20 states across the country are participating to showcase their masterpieces in the festival. The event will have two reputed local cultural troupes presenting Ladakhi folk dances, Flower Dance, Abex Dance/song, Ghazal Dance, Aleyatoo will regale the visitors.
The product range comprises of Tribal Textiles, Tribal Jewellery, Tribal Paintings, Black pottery, foods, forest produces from all around india.
About Aadi Mahotsav:
The event Aadi Mahotsav is the Adivasi way of life is guided a natural simplicity with crudest tribal handicraft,tribal textiles manufactured from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South will win people’s heart.
For the first time the tribal artisans will be accept payment through major credit/debit cards training has been conducted by the State Bank of India.
June 12, 2019
Mela Kheer Bhawani festival was celebrated in Jammu & Kashmir on Zeasht Ashtami. In 2019, the day fell on June 10. The devotees prayed at the famous Ragnya Devi temple in Ganderbal district, J&K.
Zyestha Ashtami is celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits across the country and outside as the day marks commencing of annual pilgrimage.
Mela Kheer Bhawani:
Kheer Bhawani is a temple that is dedicated to the Goddess Kheer Bhavani constructed over a sacred spring. Kheer Bhawani Mela is one of the biggest religious functions of displaced community of Kashmiri Pandits, who were forcefully evicted from Valley in 1990s by militants.
The devotees carry rose petals, walk barefoot, and offer tribute to goddess and offer milk and kheer (pudding) at sacred spring. It is believed that the colour of the spring which flows below temple will indicate of the valley's well-being.
April 16, 2019
Bihu is the main festival of Assam. It is celebrated three times a year.
♦ Rongali or Bohag Bihu is observed in April.
♦ Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October.
♦ Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January.
About Rongali Bihu:
Rongali or Bohag Bihu is the Assamese new year and spring festival, which is celebrated from April 15 to April 21.
The Rongali Bihu coincides with Punjabi New Year Baisakhi.
The seven-day festival is celebrated in seven phases - Chot, Kutum, Mela, Raati, Goru, Manuh and Chera. It begins with goru bihu or cow bihu on April 15, where the cows are washed and worshipped. This is followed by manuh (human) bihu on 16 April, the New Year Day when people are seen in new dresses.
♦ Capital: Dispur
♦ Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
♦ Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
♦ Famous Dance: Bihu, Bagurumba, Bhortal and Ojapali
♦ National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
♦ Rivers: Brahmaputra, Manas, Subansiri, Sonai
March 5, 2019
The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records in the following three sectors:
(i) Largest traffic and crowd management plan
(ii) Biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme
(iii) Biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism
♦ Kumbh Mela, the festival of the sacred pitcher is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. It is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years over four locations in India
♦ The four sacred rivers where Kumbh Mela is celebrated are:
(i) Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand
(ii) Ujjain on the Shipra in Madhya Pradesh
(iii) Nashik on the Godavari in Maharashtra
(iv) Prayagraj at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati in Uttar Pradesh
♦ The Kumbh Mela has been inscribed on the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 2017
February 8, 2019
The 7th edition of the film festival began on February 7 th of 2019 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
It is an eight-day festival, in which Veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi is the chief guest at the inaugural function.
Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani was honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Award for his contribution to the film industry.
Focus country of the festival is the Hungarian cinema.
February 6, 2019
Kala Ghoda festival, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature, and sculpture.
Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association.
The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.
January 23, 2019
A visual treat for birdwatchers began.
The Flamingo Festival, kicked-off at Pulicat Lake and Nellapattu in Sullurpet mandal, Andhra Pradesh
Flamingo Festival is a 12-year-long tradition of the region.
The main highlight of this fest is the sight of colorful migratory birds from Siberia that visit the region for nesting and breeding.
January 7, 2019
A 10-day long Indian Panorama Film Festival began at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
Inaugurating the Festival, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare films rise above all constraints of languages.
The films to be shown in the Festival reflect the economic progress the country has made and the changes that society has undergone.
One minute silence was observed in honor of Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen who passed away recently. Sen was a crucial figure of India’s parallel cinema along with Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.
A total of 26 Feature Films and 21 Non-Feature Films will be screened during the festival.
December 30, 2018
The 26th International Camel Festival will be held in Bikaner, Rajasthan on January 12 and 13, 2019.
On the second day of the festival, heritage walk will be organized from the Rampuriya Haveli to Bikaji's Tekri, in which the tourists will be welcomed by the city's architecture, art, culture, customs and recipes.
December 28, 2018
In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival begun on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district.
Around 15 lakh tourists will participate in the festival.
Assam PHE minister Rihon Daimary inaugurated the festival in presence of several dignitaries.
Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal will attend the event. Adventure sports, food mart, cultural events, traditional games are being organized in the 12-day long event.
December 21, 2018
The Karavali Utsav to be inaugurated on 21st December in Mangaluru. A host of cultural activities are set to enthral people during the festival. The district in-charge Minister U.T. Khader will inaugurate the exhibition at a formal function at 6 p.m., music director Gurukiran will inaugurate the festival at 6.30 p.m. at Karavali Grounds.
Utsav cultural committee president Narendra L. Nayak a variety of cultural programmes are slated for nine days from Saturday at the Karavali Exhibition Grounds and Kadri Park between 6 p.m. and 9.15 p.m. Cultural programmes, the main attraction of the festival, will be organized at Karavali Grounds as well as Kadri Park.
December 3, 2018
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on 1st December 2018. More than 60,000 people have visited the Hornbill Festival.
The assistant director of Tourism department (Statistics) T. Khakihe Sumi said that altogether 63,032 visitors with 780 foreigners have visited the picturesque venue. The inaugural day had 19,953 visitors. The count increased up to 43,079 on the second day of the festival.
The visitors were treated with cultural performances from across the country including Odisha, Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
November 29, 2018
The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state.
About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the 'paint-the-wall' competition.
The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to the world.
November 27, 2018
The 4th edition of annual “Aadi Mahotsav”, a National Tribal Festival organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with TRIFED and Ministry of Culture to celebrate and cherish the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce held at Dilli Haat, Shri Aurobindo Marg, INA, Delhi.
This year, more than 600 tribal artisans from 23 states, 80 tribal chefs hailing from 20 States besides 14 cultural troupes comprising more than 200 artists are taking part in the Mahotsav.
November 22, 2018
It provides a platform to filmmakers, actors, jury members, senior government officials, an organizers of film festivals from India and abroad to exchange their views in a free and frank manner.
The topic for today’s Open Forum is the role of film festivals in promoting film culture and the need for spreading film festivals across the country.
The Speakers include veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail, IFFI Head Chaitanya Prasad, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) Vice Chairman Rajendra Talak, OSD to IFFI Senthil Rajan and Karnataka Chalchitra Academy Chairman N Chandrasekhar.
November 18, 2018
Nongkrem dance festival, an annual event during which prayers are offered for good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the inhabitants of the Khasi Hills in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The unique dance is performed by the members of Hima Khyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe.
November 16, 2018
The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival is beginning in the national capital Delhi. Briefing media, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram more than 600 artisans from 23 states will participate in the event.
The theme of the festival is 'celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce'.
It will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through one hundred stalls.
The highlights of the festival will be a fashion show for tribal textiles and tribal cuisines.
November 11, 2018
The UN Postal System has issued two stamps with diyas in celebration of Diwali as "the quest for the triumph of good over evil".
The stamps are in the $1.15 denomination, which is the basic rate for international air mail letters.
November 10, 2018
New York's iconic Empire State Building was lit in orange for the first time to celebrate Diwali.
It was organised by the Federation of Indian Associations in cooperation with the Empire State Realty Trust.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and singer Jay Sean flipped the switch to turn on the lights on top of the building.
November 7, 2018
A Guinness certificate was issued to UP government's tourism department and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Avadh University, Faizabad, for over 3,01,152 earthen lamps illuminated on the bank of River Sarayu on Chhoti Diwali as part of Deepotsava.
The feat was achieved in the presence of Adityanath and South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook.
November 3, 2018
Shillong is set to host the second edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival between November 14 and 17.
This is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival.
This festival attracted more than one lakh visitors last year, boosting the local economy by 300 per cent.
Meghalaya Chief Minister - Conrad K Sangma
October 23, 2018
Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, apart from 25 teams from India, participated in the event.
State: Madhya Pradesh
Founded by:Suraj Sen (according to a legend)
October 20, 2018
Assam celebrated its 3rd Bihu festival known as the ‘Kati Bihu’ festival across the state.
The name of the other 2 Bihu festivals is: Rongali and Bohagi Bihu.
The festival derives its name from the Assamese month of Kati.
October 11, 2018
It is organized by India Habitat Centre.
It is being recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
Also for the first time, a National Theatre Live Broadcast of “Julie” by British theatre director Carrie Cracknell will be seen.
It will showcase 15 plays on a pan-Indian constellation of original scripts from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Kerala.
October 4, 2018
The National Khadi Festival 2018 is being organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to promote Khadi products.
The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018.
The main aim of the festival is to promote the products of cottage industry and create awareness regarding the art of states.
September 27, 2018
Indra Jatra festival is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley.
During the celebrations of this festival dedicated to Indra, the god of rain and king of heaven, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu.
September 17, 2018
The festival is the world’s largest free literary gathering, started with a soulful music performance by Indian Sufi singer Zila Khan.
The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.
September 17, 2018
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019, www.pbdindia.gov.in.
The online registration for participation has started for this biennial event.
September 16, 2018
Nuakhai Bhetghat is the reap celebration of individuals of Western Odisha.
The festival bears significance among the farmer community as they perform puja on their farmland to thank ‘Mother Earth’ for being so bountiful.
September 14, 2018
The sweetmeat was prepared by Suruchi Food at Tapeswaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The laddu costs about ₹3 lakh, with 220 kg sugar, 145 kg cow ghee, 175 kg Bengal gram flour, 25 kg cashew, going into its making besides other ingredients.
August 25, 2018
Five-day long 'International water colour festival' is held in Ranchi at Audrey House, to promote the rich art and culture of Jharkhand.
This is the first time in the country that international artists will paint together.
In this program 24 countries of the world, 25 states of India and 24 districts of the state are participating.
On this occasion, the artist Victoria from Ukraine and artist Uttam Karmakar from Italy did the live painting and presented it to the Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
August 21, 2018
The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as 'The Festival of the Tooth' is a grand festival celebrated in July or August in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
August 16, 2018
A 10-day pineapple festival showcasing different varieties of the fruit has been organised in Manipur's Thayong village, which produces 20-30 tonnes of pineapple in a year.
The Thayong village has a population of approximately 750 people with more than 90 percent of their major sources of income lying in farming of pineapple.
July 31, 2018
The Third BRICS Film Festival took place in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF).
The last day of the festival (27th July) was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony.
The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.
Awards won by Indian films in the 3rd BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa:
1. Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rockstars,
2. Best Film: Newton by Amit Masurkar,
3. Special Jury Award: Village Rockstars by Rima Das.
July 29, 2018
International cricket's governing body, ICC, organised the 'Sano Cricket Curry Festival' in the Japanese city of Sano to promote cricket in the nation.
A cricket match between the Japanese cricket team and an Indian team was held at the event.
The festival also featured cultural events and food from cricket-playing nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
July 17, 2018
Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14.
This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple.
Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.
July 4, 2018
The famous 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, "Behdienkhlam", held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya.
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr. Jitendra Singh attended the Festival.
The festival witnessed a colourful display of 12 rots or ‘rath’ at the sacred pool, Aitnar.
June 26, 2018
Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Festival is focused at national integration, communal harmony and national pride.
This year mark the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.
May 29, 2018
The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations will be held at Dehradun in Uttrakhand on 21st of June.
Secretary AYUSH Ministry Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha announced that Dehradun has been selected as the venue for Mass Yoga Demonstration of International Yoga Day.
Mr. Kotecha is in Dehradun to initiate the preparations regarding this mega event.
April 19, 2018
The Jatra begins in Nepal.
It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley.
The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year.
The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.
March 23, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary.
Dr. Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance.
He described Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.
The socialist leader combined scholarly zeal with a penchant for grassroots level politics and his rich thoughts continue to shape socio-political discourse.
February 25, 2018
The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and was organized by culture department of state government.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is an annual cultural festival that highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles. The 6-day festival showcased classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Mohiniattam.
January 9, 2018
World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China.
This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China.
It features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
January 5, 2018
Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018.
The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organized by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology.
The competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology.
December 28, 2017
President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh.
The event will be held for four days.
Indian Economic Association is a registered body of Indian economic professionals with an objective of providing a forum for debate and discussion of policy-oriented issues.
The Association currently has 5000 plus members, both individual and institutional.
December 11, 2017
Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi.
India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.