Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Cultural News

Cultural News

National Archives of India

National Archives of India completes 120 years of its establishment on 11 March 2011.

The National Archives of India (NAI) (External website that opens in a new window), New Delhi known until

Independence as Imperial Record Department was originally established in Kolkata on 11 March 1891. It is the official custodian of all non-current record of permanent value to the Government of India and its predecessor bodies. It has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Record Centres at Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Pondicherry.

National Museum of Performing Arts (NMPA) to be set up in Delhi

  • is an approved Plan activity of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

  • The NMPA is also t-host a National repository of Indian music.

  • While initially, the NMPA will operate out of the Akademi's premises at Chanakyapuri, the Delhi Development Authority has been approached to allot 5 acres of land in Dwarka for a full fledged building for NMPA.

Regional Centres of National School of Drama

  1. It has been proposed to open 5 Regional Schools/Centres of the National School of Drama across the country. The five locations identified for the setting up of these Schools/Centres are

    1. Bengaluru (upgradation of existing Regional Resource Centre)

    2. Kolkata

    3. Maharashtra/Goa

    4. Jammu & Kashmir

    5. North East.

  2. President Inaugurates Prakriti (National Festival of Tribal Dances)

Other Aspects

  • Prakriti the integrated event, is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) and the Ministry of Culture to present tribal art and culture in a holistic manne

  • Tribal Dances being presented in Prakriti give glimpses of various art forms. These include some of the wellknown tribal dances like Karma Dance, Uttar Pradesh; Bhagoriya, Navai, Korku and Gudum, Madhya Pradesh; Harul and Chholiya, Uttrakhand; Theyyam, Kerala; Lompi, Manipur; Vasava Holi, Rathwa ni Gair and Siddhi Dhamal, Gujarat; Dhol and Chakri Gowri, Maharashtra; Gair Ghoura, Rajasthan; Lambadis and Gussadi, Andhra Pradesh; Gorwara dance of Karnataka; Parichakali, Lakshadweep; Kaksar, Chhttisgarh; Khariya, Jharkhand; Bardoi Sikhla, Assam; Santhali, West Bengal; Tamang Selo, Sikkim; Saura, Orissa; War, Manipur; Jabro, Ladakh; Cheraw, Mizoram; Aphil-Kiwo, Nagaland; Wangala, Meghalaya and Hai-Hak, Tripura.

President of India Greets his Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohd. Burhanuddin on his Birthday

Dr. Syedna Mohd. Burhanuddin

  • leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

  • The Dawoodi Bohras are a sub group within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam.

  • 100th Birthday

Mahatma Gandhi's House in Johannesburg

A proposal has been received from the Coal India Ltd (ClL). to purchase the said House The Kraal in the name of employees of CIL. After purchase, the house is proposed to be converted int-a museum and to handover the upkeep of the monument to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The proposal envisages the said purchase to be made from contribution made by the employees of CIL and its subsidiaries, through formation of a trust.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India