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  • Union Ministers Harsimrat, Smriti Irani inaugurated National Organic Food Festival

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    Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (FPI) Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani jointly inaugurated National Organic Food Festival on 21 February in New Delhi. The festival is organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). Aim: The three-day festival aims to strengthen the organic market and encourage women entrepreneurs engaged in the manufacturing of organic produce. It focuses to empower women and promote organic produce. Theme: The theme of the 2020 National Organic Food Festival is "Unleashing India's Organic Market Potential". It will boost the organic products and promote women entrepreneurship in the area of production and processing of organic products. National Organic Festival: ♦ The festival will witness the exhibition of their organic products of women Entrepreneurs and SHGs in various segments such as fruit & vegetables, ready to eat Products, Spices, and condiments, Honey, cereals, dry fruits, etc.   ♦ The exhibition will include, display of organic food quiz, live culinary sessions, Chef speaks, cultural events, nukkad natak, etc. ♦ It facilitates business linkages and empowering women entrepreneurs through pre-arranged B2B and B2G meetings. ♦ It will enhance the Skill development capacity building training programs for women entrepreneurs and SHGs to facilitate post-harvest management. Participants: The festival will witness more than 150 women Entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from 24 states across the country.

    Chitra Bharati Film Festival began at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad

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    The third edition of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival (CBFF) began at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The three-day festival was inaugurated by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai. Chitra Bharati Film Festival: ♦ The aim of the film festival is to establish a Bharatiya narrative in Indian cinema. ♦ The festival will witness around 140 films from under four categories namely short film, documentary, animation and campus film. ♦ The themes for the festival include folk art, trees, constructive work, Bharatiya culture, and values, Bharatiya family, social harmony, water, women, national security, valour, nationhood, and education for nation-building.  ♦ In 2016 first edition of the festival was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and the second edition was held at Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium in 2018.

    MoFPI to organize National Organic Festival

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    Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is to organize a National Organic Festival with a special focus on women entrepreneurs. The festival will be jointly organized by the MoFPI and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD). The festival will be held from 21-23 February 2020 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Aim: The festival aims to empower women and promote organic produce. The information was announced by the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries (FPI) Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal.  Theme: The theme of the three-day festival is "Unleashing India's Organic Market Potential". The theme focuses to boost the organic products and promote women entrepreneurship in the area of production and processing of organic products. National Organic Festival: ♦ During the National Organic Festival, women Entrepreneurs and SHGs will exhibit their organic products in various segments such as fruit & vegetables, ready to eat Products, Spices, and condiments, Honey, cereals, dry fruits, etc.   ♦ The exhibition will include, display of organic food quiz, live culinary sessions, Chef speaks, cultural events, nukkad natak, etc. ♦ It facilitates business linkages and empowering women entrepreneurs through pre-arranged B2B and B2G meetings. ♦ The festival will organize Skill development capacity building training programs for women entrepreneurs and SHGs to facilitate post-harvest management. Participants: The festival will witness more than 150 women Entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from 24 states across the country.

    First-ever Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival to be held in Mumbai

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    The first-ever Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival has been scheduled to be held in Mumbai on 15 February 2020. The festival aims to promote artistic and cultural ties between India and Israel. The festival will be held on 15-16 February.  Aim: The festival aims to promote artistic cooperation in the diverse fields of culture, such as culinary art, music, and dance. Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival: ♦ The Festival will showcase the special links between the two cities and demonstrate their unique cultural traditions. ♦ It will provide a platform to promote collaborations between Jerusalem and Maharashtra in the cultural domain and inspire artists from Jerusalem and Mumbai to work together. ♦ It will deepen the growing partnership between the two countries. ♦ The festival will witness two collaborating chefs Ilan Garusi from Jerusalem and Amninder Sandhu from Mumbai. They will demonstrate special fusion meals.

    CM Biplab Deb inaugurated the two-day Hornbill Festival at Agartala

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    Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb inaugurated the two-day Hornbill Festival at Baramura Eco-Park, Agartala on 8 February 2020. The festival is organized for the first time in the state. He also inaugurated a log-hut and a hornbill viewpoint for the tourists. Aim: The aim of the festival is to conserve Hornbill and boost the livelihood of the people through tourism. Hornbill: There are 55 living species in the Hornbill family. India is home to 9 species of hornbills of which two are endemic. The 9 species are Austen's Brown Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Grey Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, and Narcondam Hornbill. Note: Hornbill Festival is considered as the Festival of Festivals in Nagaland. Also, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are organizing the Hornbill Festival to conserve nature and boost tourism.

    Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi inaugurates 2020 Bharat Parv

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    The annual event Bharat Parv begins from 26-31 January in Delhi. The event is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The event was inaugurated by Secretary & Financial Adviser of Ministry of Tourism Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi at Red fort ground in New Delhi.  Aim: The main objective of Bharat Parv is to encourage Indians to visit different tourist places of India and to inculcate the spirit of Dekho Apna Desh. Theme: The theme of the 2020 Bharat Parv is 'Ek  Bharat  Shreshtha  Bharat' and 'Celebrating  150 Years of  Mahatma Gandhi'.  Bharat Parv 2020: Bharat Parv is organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The five-day festival aims to showcase the cuisine and culture of different states of the country. The festival is held annually at the end of January. Bharat Parv 2020 will have many attractions including the display of Tableaux of the Republic Day parade, performance by armed forces bands, handicraft & Handloom Stalls by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, cultural Performances and cookery demonstrations.

    The 13th annual edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival began in Rajasthan

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    The 13th annual edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is being held in at Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The festival was inaugurated by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. During the occasion, he released a book titled Bijji: Timeless Tales from Marwa written by Vishes Kothari. Theme: The theme of the Jaipur Literature festival is "learning each other's stories". The festival aims to motivate a new generation of readers, writers, and literature lovers.  Festival highlights: ♦ Eminent speakers Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, eminent author Marcus Du Sautoy, and the Magsaysay Awardee Ravish Kumar delivered their speeches at the festival. ♦ The festival imposed the importance of literature and art. ♦ It focused on sessions that explored a woman's right to be free of every societal stereotype including sexual freedom and finding her identity in non-conventional lifestyles.  ♦ Many sessions including Food for Thought: Gastronomy and Literature, Jaipur BookMark, Darjeeling Express: Of Food and Friendship, were organized in the festival. ♦ During the festival, the fifth edition of the Mahakavi KanhaiyaLal Sethia Award for Poetry was awarded to Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, a well-known name to readers of contemporary literature.

    Chapchar Kut festival to be celebrated on 6 March

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    Mizoram is to celebrate festival Chapchar Kut on 6 March 2020. It is the biggest and most important festival of the Mizo. The meeting of the Chapchar Kut organizing committee was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Zoramthanga. The committee decided that the festival will be celebrated for two days. Agenda: ♦ The pre-festival will be celebrated on 5 March. It will be graced by Art and Culture Minister R Lalzirliana as Kut Pa or the father of the festival. ♦ The grand festive will be celebrated on 6 March. It will be graced by Chief Minister Zoramthanga. ♦ The theme of the festival is "Mizos' culture and moral code".  ♦ The festival will be celebrated in all parts of the state and the grand The Mizo people celebrate it by dressing in their traditional attire and dancing for the typical music and songs.  ♦ Popular Mizo dances including Chheihlam, Cheraw, Sarlamkai and Khuallam will be performed by various cultural groups.  ♦ Diplomats from countries such including Bangladesh, China, the USA,  Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Israel have been invited. Also, the leaders of different tribes of Mizo from different parts of the world are expected to participate in the festival. ♦ As a part of the celebration, the exhibition of painting, photo, handloom, and handicraft will be held in different places in Aizawl. Chapchar Kut: Chapchar Kut is a spring festival of Mizoram. It is celebrated every year in the month of March after completion of the Jhum cultivation. The festival has been estimated to have started in 1450–1700 A.D. in a village called Suaipui. The celebration was revived in the year 1962.  Note: Jhum cultivation is the process of growing crops by first clearing the land of trees and vegetation and burning them thereafter.

    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January

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    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January every year. Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival. It is observed in the second week of January every year. Makar Sankranti: On this day, people express gratitude to the Sun God Surya and thank the nature for its abundant resources and good produce during the winter harvest festival. The day marks the end of the Winter season and the beginning of a new harvest season. The festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in diverse ways. The day denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makar, that is Capricorn, as it travels on its celestial path. Makar Sankranti is known various names in India like Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Maghi in Punjab, Magh Bihu by Assam, Pongal by Tami Nadu, Pongala by Kerala, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Sakraat in Delhi, Haryana and many neighbouring states. History: Sankranti is deemed a Deity. The festival is celebrated as Sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. The information about the celebration of Makar Sankranti is available in Panchang, the Hindu Almanac. Note: Makar Sankranti is set by the solar cycle of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. It is generally observed on a day which usually falls on 14 January of the Gregorian calendar, but sometimes it falls on 15 January.

    National Youth Festival 2020 to be held in Lucknow

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    The 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 has been scheduled to be held from 12-16 January at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow. The festival will be jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju.  Organized by: The NYF 2020 is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and State Government of Uttar Pradesh.  Aim: The aim of NYF is to provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together. It aims to provide the Indian youth an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.  Theme: The theme of the 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 is FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA. The theme is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for New India to be a fit India and Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. The event aims to promote the knowledge and ideas of the Youth. NYF 2020: ♦ The Government has been organizing National Youth Festival (NYF) since 1995. ♦ It provides a platform where youth will interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness.  ♦ It is a mega National Integration Camp.  ♦ The youth will be directed to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives to make new India a Fit India. ♦ The event will host different Competitive events like Folk Dance, Hindustani Vocal Solo, Carnatic Vocal Solo, Elocution, harmonium Light, Tabla, Mridangam, One Act Play, Veena, Flute, Dances Manipuri, Sitar, Guitar, Odissi, Kuchupuri, Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Non-Competitive Events like Young Artist Camp, Adventure Camp, Suvichar, Youth Convention, Yuva Kriti, Food festival. Participants: NYF 2020 is expected to have around 6000 participants including volunteers from NYKS, NSS and local youth from each State of the country.

    Madhavpur Mela to be held in 2020 April

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    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Gujarat Government to review preparations for the mega festival of Madhavpur Mela in New Delhi on 8 January 2020. The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April 2020. The 8 States of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in the festival. Madhavpur Mela: ♦ The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connection to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.  ♦ Madhavpur Mela will witness magnificent folk cultural performances from the North-East, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.  ♦ Troupes from Assam will perform Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region.  ♦ The musical troupe from Manipur will sing songs related to Rukmini in the Khullong Ishei and Nat genŕe.   ♦ Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal and Manipur and folk dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal will be part of the varied repertoire. ♦ Note:The Mishmi Tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna. The festival celebrates the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Krishna. Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana.

    The 31st International Kite Festival launched in Ahmedabad

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    The 31st International Kite Festival was launched at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The festival will be conducted from 7-14 January in different parts of the state. The festival became an identity of Gujarat. International Kite Festival: ♦ Makarsankranti, the festival of Kites aims attracts a large number of foreign tourists in the state. ♦ The size of the kite industry in the state has increased multi-fold following the successive International Kite Festivals in the state.  ♦ International Kite Festival is being organized at nine other places across the state including Statue of Unity Kevadiya, Surat and Vadodara. Participants: More than 140 kite flying experts from 40 countries and about 800 kite fliers from Gujarat and 200 kite fliers from 12 other states are participating in the unique festival.

    Mizoram government to organize Zo Festival from 9 Jan

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    The Mizoram state government is organizing the Zo Festival from 9 January 2020. The festival is a part of the State's endeavour to unify different tribes of Mizo. The Festival will be organized under the banner Zo Kutpui in at least 10 different cities across the globe.  Aim: The aim of the celebration of the Zo Festival is to reunify and strengthen the brotherhood among different tribes of Mizo.  Zo Festival: ♦ The first festival will be held at Vanghmun, a hub town of Mizos in neighbouring Tripura from 9-11 January 2020. It will be graced by the Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga. ♦ The event will witness cultural programmes and traditional songs from various Mizo tribes from Mizoram and other northeastern states. ♦ It is expected that many important dignitaries from various Mizoram tribes will participate in the event. ♦ Zo Kutpui will also be organized in Maryland in the USA, Tahan in Myanmar, Churachandpur in Manipur and Bangladesh. ♦ Mizo National Front (MNF) led the government is to unify different Mizo tribes. Also, the government is planning to launch bus services from Aizawl to Kanhmun in Tripura, Churachandpur in Manipur, Shillong in Meghalaya and Tahan in Myanmar to connect people of the Mizo community. Mizo Tribe: The Mizo population is found in Manipur, Tripura, and Mizoram across India. So far 12 Mizo clans have been identified. These tribal people are native to the north-eastern part of India, western Burma (Present Myanmar) and Eastern Bangladesh. The clans include Chawngthu, Hmar, Hualngo, Hualhnam, Khiangte, Lai, Pang, Pawi-Lusei, Phaite, Renthlei, Ralte, Tlau. Mizo is the common language of all Mizos.  Mizoram: State formed on: 20 February 1987 Governor: P. S. Sreedharan Pillai Chief Minister: Zoramthanga Deputy Chief Minister: Tawnluia Capital: Aizawl Literacy rate: 91.58% It shares borders with Assam, Manipur, and Tripura

    Lai Haraoba festival begins in Tripura

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    Lai Haraoba, a ritualistic festival observed by Manipuri meitei communities since ancient times began in Agartala.  Five Day Long The five-day-long festival organized by the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of Tripura, Puthiba Lai Haraoba Committee, and Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society, Agartala. Lai Haraoba The five-day-long festival inaugurated by Speaker of state legislative Assembly, Rebati Mohan Das. The festival aims to uphold the tradition and cultural values of the Meitei community. Lai Haraoba is celebrated through oral literature, music, dance, and rituals. A cultural troupe from Manipur come to take part in the festival. They will be performing various cultural and traditional musical skits, including Manipuri martial arts, folk music, and folk dances during the festival. 

    Eleven day long Dhanu Jatra begins at Bargarh in western Odisha

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    The famous 11-day Dhanu Jatra celebrated as the largest open-air theatre of the world begins at Bargarh in western Odisha. The Jatra based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa.  Dhanu Jatra - Festival Dhanu Jatra is the annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city considered to be the world’s largest outdoor theatrical festival that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Over 70 artists performed in the Dhanu Yatra at Mathura, another 45 artists played different roles at Gopapura during the festival. Around 3,000 artists of 120 cultural troupes from across the state and from neighboring states will perform at the Raj Durbar, Nanda Durbar, and Rangamahal during the festival. The department of Culture of the Government of India accorded the National Festival status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.

    Mandu Festival begins at Mandu Madhya Pradesh

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    Madhya Pradesh, the 5-day Mandu festival, started in Mandu, a world-famous picturesque tourist destination located in Dhar district of the state. The Mandu festival will redefine the essence of the city & bring about the joy of establishing a new tourism hub in the state. Mandu festival The Mandu festival celebrated till January 1. The rich classical and traditional folk arts of dance, singing, and playing once again come alive through the Mandu festival. The idea of Khojne Me Kho Jao, the Mandu festival, is offering an eclectic mix of performing arts, workshops, nature trails, food, architecture, and music to the visitors. The trail on cycling tours, walking tours, or jump onto the Hop-In-Hop-Out buses to dive deep into the rich history of the city. 

    National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

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    National Tribal Dance Festival begun in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, The inaugural function presided over by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. National Tribal Dance Festival The National Tribal Dance Festival organized in Chhattisgarh for the first time.  Around 1300 participants from 25 states & UTs of the country and six countries participating in this three-day dance fest. These folk dance teams will present their respective folk art cultures. The three days, 29 tribal troupes present more than 43 styles of four different dance forms. Significance The National Tribal Dance Festival is an annual festival celebrated by the aborigines and tribal of India in the National Capital Region, of India i.e. New Delhi. This Tribal Dance Festival annually during the month of December. It is organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with IGRMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

    The 5-day music festival Tansen Samaroh began in Gwalior

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    The Music festival Tansen Samaroh began in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on 17 December. The festival will be held from 17-21 December 2019. The popular classical music festival began with the traditional style with the recitations of Harikatha and Milad. 2019 is the 95th year of the festival. It is one of the oldest and esteemed classical music festival. Highlights: ♦ The festival is organized by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy that functions under the Madhya Pradesh culture department.  ♦ The music-driven platform in the festival is used by the musicians and instrumentalists from all over the world ♦ The artist will showcase talent during the festival. ♦ Participants: The festival attracts thousands of musicians and aspiring singers from all over India. Artistes from the US, Greece, Iran, and Belgium will perform in different sessions of the Tansen festival. The festival is also attended by a huge crowd of music lovers every year. History: The five-day festival is celebrated in the memory of one of the most eminent singers of Indian history Mian Tansen every year. Tansen was one of the nine gems in the court of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal rulers of India. 2019 Tansen Award: Vocalist Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas will be presented with the National Tansen Award for 2019 during the Tansen Festival. The award was instituted by the Madhya Pradesh government. The award recognizes the outstanding exponents of Hindustani classical music. It carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh.

    Orange festival began in Manipur

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    The State-level Orange Festival began in Manipur on 16 December. The festival will be held on 16-18 December 2019. The 3-day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at district headquarters Tamenglong. Orange Festival: ♦ The Orange Festival is conducted under the sponsorship of the North Eastern Council. ♦ The festival aims to promote the fruit and encourage its growers. ♦ The festival hosted more than 300 orange stalls. ♦ The festival will have many programmes like competition for adventure sports, best orange recipes and orange peel products, orange eating competition, children’s fair, choir competition, traditional games, traditional fashion show, cultural dances, rock concert by various rock bands. ♦ In the festival, competition for the Orange growers was held and prizes were distributed to top position holders. ♦ The festival will include traditional games, cultural show, orange queen completion, seminar for growers. Note: Tamenglong district is the largest producer of orange fruit in Manipur. Also, it is expected that Tamenglong orange will soon receive a Geographical Indication Tagging Certificate.

    National Tribal Dance Festival to begin in Raipur from 27 December

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    A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival will be held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The festival is to be held on 27-29 December 2019. Events: ♦ The National Tribal Dance event will be organized at the Science College Ground from 10 am to 8:30 pm. ♦ During the event, artists from various states and the countries will march past in their traditional attires.  ♦ Nearly 1,400 artists of 151 art troupes from 23 states and guest artists from 6 countries will participate in the three-day programme. ♦ Odisha CM Bhupesh Baghel reviewed the preparations for the National Tribal Dance Festival. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure proper arrangements for the comfort and convenience of the artists, participants, and guests as well as the audience. Participants: International folk artists from 23 states and 6 other countries including Bangladesh, Belarus, Sri Lanka, and Uganda are expected to participate and portray their respective tribal folk culture at the festival.

    EEPC celebrates 50th year of Engineering Exports Awards

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    Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Minister of State Independent Charge of Civil Aviation and Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, gave away the Engineering Export Promotion Awards (EEPC) for the year 2017-2018 at a function in New Delhi. The next year India's engineering exports will reach the target of USD 1 trillion. EEPC EEPC celebrates and completes 50 years of rewarding exporters, and 111 winners were given national awards for 2017-18 across eight categories in over 32 product panels. The Quality Control of India (QCI) invited to evaluate EEPC member companies, and EEPC India-QCI Quality awards were given away to 7 winners. EEPC for completing 50 years of rewarding exporters and also complemented 111 winners who received national awards. The engineering sector, which employs 40 lakh workers to get with global engineering standards and adopt new technology to upgrade their core efficiency and improve their competency and achieve cost competitiveness. The fifty-five percent of EEPC members are MSMEs electronic refund module and an online filing and issuance of preferential certificate of origin. A web portal of industrial schemes of different Ministries of the Government of India is also available to the engineering industries, and the NIRVIK scheme announced to ensure enhanced loan availability for exporters. The exporters to tap emerging markets like Africa, the CIS countries, countries of Latin America and the GCC, and Mexico and thereby ensure that by 2025 India's engineering exports will reach a target of USD 200 billion.

    Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated in Tezu

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    The Indigenous Faith Day (IFD) 2019 was celebrated on 1 December in Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh. The Day aims to preserve the rich culture and identity of the State. The function was presided by Tezu legislator Karikho Kri. The programme was organized by the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal  Pradesh (IFCSAP) of Tezu. Events: ♦ The tribes of the district showcased their cultures in a colourful programme ♦ The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) calendar was launched in the event.   ♦ The programme concluded with a prayer song by Amik and Ringya group.

    Hornbill Festival is being celebrated in Nagaland

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    The 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland began at Kisama, Nagaland on 1 December 2019. The 20th edition of the Hornbill festival was inaugurated by the State Governor R.N. Ravi. Aim: The festival aims to pay rich tribute to the Naga leaders, who under extremely challenging circumstances, secured for the people, the Nagaland State with special status.  Organized by: The Hornbill festival is organized by the Nagaland State Government. It is an annual tourism promotional event Hornbill festival: ♦ The festival showcases Nagaland's traditional and rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur. ♦ The festival reminds the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes. ♦ It highlights the need to correct certain uncharitable distortions to Nagas' history by some colonial administrators. ♦ The State government along with Eastern Air  Command (IAF) Shillong organized a display of Sukhoi aircraft flying over Kisama site and headquarter, Eastern Air  Command (IAF) Shillong.  ♦ Stalls were put up at Kisama at the festival. ♦ The festival will witness the cultural performance of different tribes of Nagaland and Northeastern States, art exhibition, indigenous games, night carnival, city tour, photo-fest, among others.

    Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur

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    Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 started.  The Festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and the most significant Festival held annually to promote tourism.  The formal inaugural function of the Festival held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal. N. Biren Singh attended the inaugural function as Chief Guest. State Ministers, dignitaries from foreign countries participated in the service. The Festival is held at different parts of Manipur. During the Festival, cultural programs, traditional games, folk dance, and classical music will be performed by various communities of the State as well as from other States. The Festival will conclude on the 30th of this month. Sangai Festival It is an annual cultural festival organized by Manipur Tourism Department every year from 21 to 30 November. This Festival celebrated over the past few years with the name of the Tourism Festival since 2010 renamed as the Sangai Festival to stage the uniqueness of the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai.

    Destination NE Festival to be held in Varanasi

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    The Destination North East (NE) Festival is to be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on 23 November 2019. The festival will be inaugurated by MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh. It is organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India. The festival will be held from 23-26 November 2019. Aim: The festival aims to bring the rest of India closer to the North East and to have experience of the rich culture of the North-Eastern region. It is a measure taken by the Central government for the development of the North East, which is the priority of the PM Narendra Modi led government.  Destination NE festival: ♦ The visitors will have live experiences of the artisans and artists from the NE states who work on looms and crafts during the festival. ♦ The artisans will perform their songs and dance at the festival. ♦ Games will be performed in the event where the visitors can also participate.  ♦ Live kitchens with recipes from NE and Uttar Pradesh will be serving delicacies throughout the event. ♦ Mega-stars from NE regions and other parts of the country will perform in the events. Shillong Chamber Choir, Borkung Hrangkhawl, Papon, Saurabhee Debbarma, Rekha Bhardwaj will also perform in the event. ♦ Organic products, water development, food processing, tourism, seminars will be held every morning during the festival. Various experts will participate in the respective fields. ♦ Central Government agencies like North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCoRMP), CBTC, North East Handicrafts & Handlooms Corporation Ltd (NEHHDC), Lalit Kala Academy, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC), International Centre for Cultural Relations will also participate in the event.

    Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 2019 SARAS IITF Mela

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    The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, and Agriculture Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the SARAS IITF Mela 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 18 November 2019.  Organized by: The SARAS IITF Mela has been organized by Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) along with DAY-NRLM, Minister for Rural Development (MoRD).  SARAS Mela: ♦ SARAS Mela is an initiative by the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). The aim is to bring the rural women Self Help Groups (SHGs) members formed under DAY-NRLM. The platform aims to showcase their skills, sell and build linkages with potential market players.  ♦ SARAS Mela provides a platform to these SHG women and a national level exposure to understand the demand and taste of the urban customers in metros.  ♦ The stalls displayed a large variety of natural food items, handloom, and handicraft items made by SHG members.

    India International Cherry Blossom festival 2019 was celebrated in Shillong

    95 days ago
    The fourth edition of the India International Cherry Blossom festival, 2019, was celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya. The festival was celebrated from 13-16 November 2019. The 2019 festival was jointly celebrated by India and South Korea for the first time. The festival witnessed the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. Several events were conducted at the festival. Aim of the festival: The festival was celebrated to attract tourists to the hill state in autumn to witness the unique beauty of pink and white cherry blossoms. It will also witness Meghalaya's traditional arts, culture, and cuisine.  Events: ♦ The festival included events like fashion shows, rock concerts, a beauty pageant, and even compete in an amateur Golf Tournament. ♦ Many stalls showcased Shillong's food, wine, and crafts.  ♦ Having as the Republic of Korea as a partner country, several K-events, including a K-Pop concert and also a K-cuisine stall, were organized. ♦ Also, Korea exhibited opportunities for Education in South Korea, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre India.

    Dhaka International Folk Festival was celebrated at Bangladesh

    97 days ago
    The fifth edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival was held at Bangladesh Army Stadium, Bangladesh. It was inaugurated by the Information Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. Hasan Mahmud. More than 200 artistes from 6 countries performed in the largest folk festival in Asia. The event was held from 14-16 November 2019. Dhaka International Folk Festival: ♦ The event included performances of artistes of Bhabna Nrityadal, a prominent dance troupe from Bangladesh.  ♦ Daler Mehendi from India, Shah Alam Sarkar from Bangladesh, and Georgian folk band Chveneburebi performed on the programme. ♦ The three-day festival witnessed the participation of a large number of popular and renowned artistes from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Russia, and other countries.  ♦ Among the notable ones Junoon and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan and Sattuma from Russia performed in the three-day-long event.

    Amit Shah inaugurated 2019 Aadi Mahotsav at Dilli Haat

    97 days ago
    Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav 2019, the National Tribal Festival, at Dilli Haat, New Delhi. Aadi Mahotsav will be celebrated from 16-30 November 2019.  Aim: The Aadi Mahotsav is the government's effort to take tribal commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions.  Theme: The theme of the Aadi Mahotsav 2019 is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture, and Commerce. The theme is to represent the basic ethos of tribal life.  Event: ♦ The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more. ♦ It will showcase the tribal textiles manufactured by Master tribal Craftsmen from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East.  ♦ The festival showcases a wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh, Ladakh for the first time.  ♦ A wide range of products from the North Eastern States will be on display and sale.  ♦ The Tribal handicrafts will be sold through about 210 Stalls under the Tribes Banner by tribal Artisans. ♦ In order to support the government's aspiration to go cashless, the tribal artisans will accept payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been provided in each stall. ♦ The festival will display the rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. ♦ It will also showcase the electronic and digital skills of the tribals as a special attraction. Participants: Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from 27 States are participating in the festival.

    Minister Rajnath Singh attended Maitree Diwas in Tawang

    98 days ago
    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended Maitree Diwas (Civil-Military Friendship) on 14 November in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, during his two-day visit to the state. The festival was celebrated for two days at Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso High Altitude Stadium Tawang. Maitree Diwas 2019 is the 11th edition of Maitree Diwas, which celebrates civil-military bonhomie in Arunachal Pradesh. The day calls for oneness among people, civil administration, Police, and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to realize the dream of New India. Rajnath Singh also inaugurated Sisseri River Bridge and National Highway-52 in East Siang District on 15 November. Maitree Diwas: Maitree Diwas was initiated by Late Dorjee Khandu, Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, in 2004. The day symbolizes the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces. The day aims to celebrate the strong spirit of friendship and bonhomie that exists between the civilians and the Indian Army. The civil-military friendship assures that the Indian borders are doubly safe.

    Bali Yatra festival is being celebrated in Cuttack

    98 days ago
    Bali Yatra festival is being celebrated in Cuttack, Odisha. The festival is organized every year in the memory of the rich maritime history of the state. The festival was inaugurated by the Odisha Assembly Speaker SN Patro.  Celebration: Over 1000 stalls have come up to showcase the traditional items, art, food items, household craft from the state and outside the state to celebrate the eight-day festival. For the first time ever, the Bali Yatra festival has a maritime corner that exhibits the model of the maritime voyage of ancient sea traders, who were travelling to the different parts of South-East Asia for Trade and culture extension. Bali Yatra Festival: Bali Yatra festival is celebrated every year. The festival is organized at the bank of Mahanadi River. It marks the day when ancient mariners from the state would set sail to the distant land of Bali, Sumatra, Jawa in Indonesia, Borneo, and Sri Lanka for the expansion of trade and Culture.

    The 7th edition of the North East Festival was held in New Delhi

    100 days ago
    The 7th edition of the North East Festival concluded at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi on 11 November 2019. The festival is celebrated every year. The festival showcased the northeast culture, fashion, food, music, and art. The Northeast festival was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports  Kiren Rijiju. The event was organized by Shyamkanu Mahanta. Aim: The festival aims to showcase and create awareness about the culture and tradition of the northeast people in India.  North East Festival: ♦ The seventh edition of the festival focused on the diversity of North East.  ♦ The festival displayed several beautiful pictures of all the tribes. It aimed to highlight their presence and essence, which is getting extinct.  ♦ The event marked special performance by The Wishes, the Pengpelep, Bipul Chettri, among others.  ♦ The festival also witnessed colorful cultural dance performances, an exhibition of art

    Curtains come down on the 5th India International Science Festival in Kolkata

    104 days ago
    Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar mega fairs like the India International Science Festival (IISF) to help generate scientific temper in the country. Addressing the Closing Ceremony of the 5th IISS in Kolkata today, he said this momentum must take an “incremental trajectory” rather than rest on a plateau. Shri Dhankar said India’s history has peaked since 2014.  This resulted in a gain of Rupees 50,000 crore in India’s GDP by helping avert losses. India is among top five scientific countries. He said sensors have been installed deep inside earth in Maharashtra to study and analyse earthquakes.  CSIR labs have invented Green Crackers to tackle environmental pollution, and the technology transfer to industry for mass production is underway. It aimed to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.  The theme for this year’s festival is RISEN India – Research, Innovation, and Science Empowering the Nation.

    India International Science Festival inaugurated at Kolkata

    105 days ago
    Women Scientists and Entrepreneurs Conclave it is a part of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 inaugurated in Kolkata  Aim: The importance of networking to enhance the representation of women in science and research.The different modes of networking and science-based entrepreneurship space.WEE (Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment) Foundation supported by DST, Professor Sharma needs absolute clarity about problems and solutions instead of just talking about the issues. The need for interventions by different stakeholders to improve the participation of women in research he highlighted DST schemes like Vigyan Jyoti to increase the representation of women in top reputed institutions like IITs.The Vigyan Jyoti scheme brings holistic science camp, which imparts training to get into IITs and has many science institutions to partner in it.   Main Objective The main objective to provide a platform for young women scientists to learn science and technology towards risen India and lead to the contribution of women in catalyzing sustainable growth in the different sessions, eminent women scientists, leaders, and experts mentioned that specific cultural and financial challenges that prevent women from reaching top institutions needed targeted attention. Sarita Devi, a farmer from Sikar Rajasthan, gained about Rs 25 lakh from 1 acre of land. The two days conference consists of six different sessions on different aspects of increasing participation of women in science technology and innovation like women leaders and achievers for Risen India.

    Vigyan Samagam was inaugurated at the Science City in Kolkata

    108 days ago
    Vigyan Samagam, India's first-ever global Mega-Science exhibition, was inaugurated at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal, on 4 November 2019. The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Minister of Science & Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Vigyan Samagam will be held in Kolkata from 4 November to 31 December 2019. The multi-venue Science Exhibition was successfully conducted previously in Mumbai and Bengaluru. It is now open for the public in Kolkata. Aim: The Exhibition will highlight the contribution of India to the world's science, technology, and researches in areas like high energy physics, nuclear physics, astronomy and astrophysics, nuclear energy, etc. The exhibition showcases that DAE not only works on nuclear technologies but also works on fundamental science and research across the country. Hosted by: The partners of the exhibition are the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Science & Technology (DST), National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, and other funding agencies. Vigyan Samagam will commence its final leg in New Delhi after Kolkata. It will be put up at the National Science Centre from 21 January to 20 March 2020. It will remain a permanent exhibition in New Delhi. Vigyan Samagam will be taken care-off by NCSM.

    Delhi Aadi Mahotsav to be organised at Dilli Haat

    109 days ago
    The Delhi Aadi Mahotsav is to be organized at Dilli Haat, New Delhi, between 16th to 30th November 2019. The ceremony will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah. The was an announcement about the celebration that was made by Shri Pravin Krishna, MD, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED). Theme: The theme of the Delhi Aadi Mahotsav is a Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture, and Commerce. The theme is to represent the basic ethos of tribal life. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 200 stalls to showcase this.  Participants: Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from 27 States are expected to participate in the festival. 

    Vigyanika to showcase Science Book Fair at IISF

    109 days ago
    Vigyanika is to showcase science communication efforts and concepts through drama, poetry, panel discussions, and paper presentations at the 5th India International Science Festival (IISF).   Vigyanika: Vigyanika is an International Science Literature Festival that has been scheduled to be held from 5-7 November 2019. It will also include a science book fair which will display scientific publications from more than 30 reputed publishers. It is jointly coordinated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (CSIR-NISCAIR), Vigyan Prasar, and Vigyan Bharati. It will be inaugurated by the Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, and Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The Science Book Fair will feature more than 30 renowned publishers of scientific literature from India. It will also showcase books from scientific institutes and departments that include popular journals, science magazines, science books, encyclopedias, and various other knowledge products. Participants: Children, teachers, innovators, scientists, academicians, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs will be attending the IISF mega event. IISF: IISF was launched in 2015. The festival will promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as it has the ability to lead India to be a developed nation within a short span of time. IISF was created by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA). The first and second IISF was held in New Delhi. The third edition of the festival was held in Chennai, and the fourth IISF was held in Lucknow. It witnessed a widespread footfall from over 10 lakh people, including foreign delegates. It is organized jointly by Science & Technology related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (Vibha).

    Chhath festival began in Bihar

    112 days ago
    The four days long Chhath festival, worship of the Sun God, began in Bihar. The festival is celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh. In 2019, the festival is celebrated from 31 October to 3 November. Nahay Khay is celebrated on 31 October, Kharna is celebrated on 1 November, Sandhya Arghya is celebrated on 2 November and Usha Arghya is celebrated on 3 November. Karthik Chhath: Karthik Chhath falls on the sixth day after Diwali. It is celebrated in October and November. The Chhath festival begins with a ritual of Nahay Khaya Devotees, especially women across the state who are taking a holy dip in Ganga and other rivers, ponds, and water bodies on the first day. In this festival, the God of light is worshipped to promote well-being, development, and the prosperity of human beings. After worshipping the Sun and the Moon, the devotees prepare offerings of kheer, rotis and bananas for their family. After the offering, the devotees fast for 36 hours without water. The devotees who observe fast during the festival are called vrati. On the third day of the festival, Sandhya Arghya, the devotees will take a dip in the holy water in the evening and they will worship the Sun god and Chhathi maiyya. They offer the evening offerings to the god. On the fourth day of the festival, Usha Arghya, the devotees go to the holy waters and offer morning offerings before sunrise to the sun. After the offering they break their fast. History: Ancient texts say Rama and his wife Sita observed a fast and offered prayers to the Sun god in the month of Kartika in Shukla Paksha after they returned to the Ayodhya from 14 years of exile. Since then, Chhath Puja became a significant Hindu festival, which is celebrated every year.

    Ladakh Literature Festival began on 29 October in Leh

    115 days ago
    Ladakh Literature Festival began on 29 October in Leh for the first time ever. The three-day fest will conclude on 31 October 2019. It will culminate on the day when Ladakh would formally become a Union Territory (UT) on 31 October. The festival will mark the official separation of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Organized by: Ladakh Literature Festival is organized by the Divisional Administration in association with the J&K Tourism Department, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, Ladakh Media & Art Organisation (LAMO) and All Ladakh Tours Operators’ Association.  Participants: Local artists, historians, musicians, poets, literary personalities, and writers from various parts of the country are participating in the event.

    Jammu and Kashmir University organized Sangam festival

    127 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. Aim: The festival aimed to promote peace and prosperity in the Chenab Valley region. It was held in J&K’s Doda district.  Theme: 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.

    Tenth edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is celebrated in Maharashtra

    129 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. Aim: The aim is to celebrate World culture history and praise India, which has retained its culture even after several invasions and attempts at colonization.  Organized by: 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

    Fifth International Ramayan Festival is organised in New Delhi

    156 days ago
    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.  Objectives 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.

    Heartland International Film Festival and USA to explore Special Focus on India

    165 days ago
    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. Meeting 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. Background 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.  

    Aadi Mahotsav is being celebrated at Leh Ladakh

    188 days ago
    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. Participants: 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.

    Mela Kheer Bhawani festival was celebrated in Jammu & Kashmir

    254 days ago
    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.

    Rongali Bihu festival celebrated in Assam

    311 days ago
    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. About Assam: ♦ 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

    Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has made into Guinness World Records

    353 days ago
    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: ♦ 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

    Seventh edition of Kolhapur International film festival inaugurated in Kolhapur,Maharashtra

    378 days ago
    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.

    Kala Ghoda Festival 2019 Begins In Mumbai

    380 days ago
    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.

    Flamingo festival in Andhra Pradesh

    394 days ago
    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.

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