Art and Culture: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2018 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • Nov 12, 2018
  • 1 Ayodhya Land Dispute: SC Declines to Revisit Its 1994 Judgment and Refer It to Larger Bench [ Policy-Governance, Culture ]

    SC declined to refer 1994 Ismail Farooqui judgment that mosques are not integral to Islam to larger constitution bench. Judgement was delivered by 3-judge bench w/2: 1 majority. Majority judgement was written by Justice Ashok Bhushan on behalf of himself & Chief Justice Deepak Mi

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  • Nov 3, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Government Lays Foundation Stone for Prime Ministers’ Museum at Teen Murti Estate (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Culture ]

    Minister of state for culture & Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs jointly laid foundation stone for proposed Museum on Prime Ministers of India at Teen Murti Estate, New Delhi.

    Image of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

    Image of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

    Image of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

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  • Oct 30, 2018
  • 1 Ministry of Culture Releases National Museum Research Bulletin [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    Ministry of Culture has released National Museum Research Bulletin Number 10: Special issue. Bulletin was revived after gap of 16 years. It has released Sindhu Ghati Sabhyata: Ek Parichay, a Hindi version of An Introduction to Indus Valley Civilization which among bestsellers at

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  • Oct 24, 2018
  • 1 26 Religious Cities/Sites in 19 States Identified for Development Under PRASHAD Scheme [ Eco., Culture, Geog. ]

    Ministry of Tourism provides financial assistance to state Govt. / UT Administrations under schemes of Swadesh Darshan, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation & Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) & Assistance to Central Agencies for development of tourism infra

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  • Oct 22, 2018
  • 1 Jaipur Likely to Become World Heritage City [ Culture ]

    Jaipur is next proposed site for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) world heritage recognition, as informed by Union Minister for Culture, Rajasthan, in Rajya Sabha recently.

    Image of World Heritage City status

    Image of World Heritage City Status

    Image of World Heritage City status

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  • Oct 15, 2018
  • 1 🌟 First Project Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme the ‘North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Culture, Geog. ]

    1st project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme ‘North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ was inaugurated in Manipur. Project covers 2 sites i. e Kangla Fort & Khongjom in Manipur. Project was sanctioned by Ministry of Tourism in September 2015 for Rs. 72.30 Cr.

    Image of Swadesh Darshan Scheme

    Image of Swadesh Darshan Scheme

    Image of Swadesh Darshan Scheme

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  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 1 Ministry of Culture Launches ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    Union Ministry of Culture launched scheme to reimburse central share of CGST & IGST on food, prasad, langar or bhandara offered by religious & charitable institutions on 1st August, 2018. Scheme, Seva Bhoj Yojna, has total outlay of Rs. 325.00 cr. for financial years 2018 - 19 &

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  • Oct 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins Belonging to Medieval Period in Premises of Khirki Mosque (Imp.) [ Culture ]

    Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered collection of 254 Copper Coins n premises of Khirki Mosque during course of conservation of monument. This mosque lies on southern periphery of village Khirki, New Delhi.

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    Image of ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins

    Image of ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins

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  • Sep 21, 2018
  • 1 High Lvl. Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal-C.K.Mishra Committee [ Env., Committees & Bodies, Culture ]

    High level Inter ministerial meeting was held on 16th July 2018 to deliberate on various issues & actions to be taken to conserve Taj Mahal. Meeting focused on action points needed to overcome Air & Water pollution in & around Taj Mahal.

    Image of High Level Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

    Image of High Level Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

    Image of High Level Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

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  • Sep 18, 2018
  • 1 Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam [ Culture ]

    Heritage conservationists & members of Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has expressed concerns over proposed construction of amphitheatre, rest rooms & information centre at 2nd century BCE Buddhist site, Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

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  • 2 Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam That Celebrates the Menstruation of Mother Earth [ Culture ]

    Ambubachi Mela is annual mela held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam, that celebrates menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya. It is four-day fair. Festival is known as ‘Mahakumbh of the East’ as it draws lakhs of devotees from all over world.

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    Image of Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam

    Image of Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam

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  • Sep 11, 2018
  • 1 Inauguration of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre at Dushanbe [ Culture ]

    Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre was opened at Indian Embassy in Dushanbe. Union Minister was on 2-day official visit to Tajikistan to represent India at high-level global conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development”.

    Image of Inauguration of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

    Image of Inauguration of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

    Image of Inauguration of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

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  • Sep 9, 2018
  • 1 “Behdienkhlam” Festival at Jowai, Meghalaya [ Culture ]

    Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) attended famous 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, “Behdienkhlam”, held every year at small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya.

    Image of Behdienkhlam Festival in Jowai Town

    Image of Behdienkhlam Festival in Jowai Town

    Image of Behdienkhlam Festival in Jowai Town

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  • Sep 7, 2018
  • 1 Victorian Gothic & Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai Declared as a World Heritage Property [ Culture ]

    India’s ‘Victorian Gothic & Art Deco Enables’ of Mumbai was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. This decision was taken in 42nd session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bahrain’s Manama.

    Image of UNESCO in Manama

    Image of UNESCO in Manama

    Image of UNESCO in Manama

    • After Elephanta Caves

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  • Sep 5, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Ten New Swachh Iconic Places Launched Under Swachh Bharat Mission (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Culture ]

    Govt. has added 10 new Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) under phase III of its flagship project Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) of Swachh Bharat Mission. 3rd phase of Swachh Iconic Places was launched at Mana villages which are situated close to Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand.

    Map of 10 New Swachh Iconic Places

    Map of 10 New Swachh Iconic Places

    Map of 10 New Swachh Iconic Places

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  • Aug 31, 2018
  • 1 900-Year Drought Wiped Out Indus Civilisation: IIT-Kharagpur [ Culture, Geog. ]

    In study conducted by researchers of IIT, Kharagpur, it is found that end of Indus Valley Civilization is due to severe drought of hundreds of years. Researchers have discovered drought period of approximately 4350 years ago due to end of Indus Valley Civilization.

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    Image of 900-year Drought Wiped Out Indus Civilisation

    Image of 900-year Drought Wiped out Indus Civilisation

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  • Aug 24, 2018
  • 1 India to Host European Union Film Festival [ Int. Rel & Org., Culture ]

    European Union Film Festival (EUFF) premiered in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at Siri Fort Auditorium. W/selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival brought some unusual stories for world cinema enthusiasts.

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    Image of European Union Film Festival - 2018

    Image of European Union Film Festival - 2018

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  • Aug 14, 2018
  • 1 4 MoUs Signed Under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme [ Int. Rel & Org., Culture ]

    4 MoU are signed under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme & 6 more are at advanced stage- Ministry of Culture. Scheme, implemented by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture & Archaeological Survey of India, is reported to be making good progress. Around 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enli

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  • Aug 10, 2018
  • 1 Print Biennale India 2018 Hosted by Lalit Kala Akademi [ Culture ]

    The country’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi hosted the first-ever International Print Biennale in the country with a record number of 17 countries taking part in it. An exhibition Eminent Printmakers of India showcasing master Indian printmakers was also held on

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  • Aug 8, 2018
  • 1 ASI Digs Deep into History of Kannada Language [ Culture ]

    The trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), about 80 km north of the ancient Shivamogga city could show that the language was in use at least seven decades earlier than believed.

    Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

    Image of Trial Excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

    Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

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  • Jul 26, 2018
  • 1 13 Intangible Cultural Heritage Elements from India Inscribed on UNESCO’S List Till Date [ Culture ]

    Paying tribute to the legacy of diverse cultures, UNESCO has inscribed a list of Intangible Cultural Heritage that does not limit itself to monuments, collections of objects or a particular places; it also includes traditions that have been passed through generations as a way of

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  • Jul 25, 2018
  • 1 43 Lakh Manuscripts Documented, 2.85 Lakh Digitized by National Mission for Manuscripts [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has documented 43 lakh manuscripts (including rare ones) and digitized 2.85 lakh manuscripts containing 2.95 crore pages which are stored in DVDs and hard disks.

    Image of 43 Lakh Manuscripts Documented

    Image of 43 Lakh Manuscripts Documented

    Image of 43 Lakh Manuscripts Documented

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  • Jul 12, 2018
  • 1 President Receives First Copy of Book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’S Greatest Thinker” [ Culture ]

    President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind received 1st copy of book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker”, from author Shri Pavan Sharma on 21st April, 2018. He established 4 Peethas – in north, south, east & west. Peethas.

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    Img President Receives First Copy of Book - Adi Shankaracharya

    Img President Receives First Copy of Book - Adi Shankaracharya

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  • Jul 10, 2018
  • 1 📹 Monuments in North Eastern States Identified for Listing Under World Heritage Site [ Culture ]

    Few monuments in North Eastern States are identified for listing under World Heritage Site as below: World Heritage Site is landmarks are selected by UNESCO. Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh - Surrounded by blue rolling hills & cut off from rest of populated areas of

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  • Jul 9, 2018
  • 1 What is Project ‘JATAN’? 6 Museums Under Ministry of Culture- 1 Lakh Art Objects Digitized [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    Ministry of Culture has taken up project named ‘JATAN’ in collaboration w/C-DAC, Pune for creating online digital repository of museum collections on national portal www.museumofindia.gov.in for museums.

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

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  • Jul 7, 2018
  • 1 Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat - Cultural Integration with North-East [ Culture ]

    Famous Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat will see its 1st cultural integration w/North-East to share its roots. Mela is being held from 25th March to 28th March at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar dist. of Gujarat.

    Map of Madhavpur Ghed

    Map of Madhavpur Ghed

    Map of Madhavpur Ghed

    • Purpose of this integration i

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  • Jul 5, 2018
  • 1 PRASHAD and Swadesh Darshan Development of Tourism Infrastructure in the Country [ Eco., Culture ]

    Taking leaf from vibrant night markets in Asia that gives tourists close-up look of life there, GoI contemplating slew of measures providing gamut of experience to draw in travellers.

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    Image of Goals of Tourism Development

    Image of Goals of Tourism Development

    Activities in

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  • Jun 18, 2018
  • 1 President of India Receives Special Issue of ‘Think India’ Journal on Deen Dayal Upadhyay [ Culture, Speeches ]

    Philosopher-politician Deendayal Upadhyay was important national figure. He enriched Indian politics & public thought thru his writing & ideas. There is need for broader consciousness & need to rise above party politics to evaluate him & his work.

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    Image of Deen Dayal Upadhyay

    Image of Deen Dayal Upadhyay

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  • 2 Petroleum Minister Inaugurates World-Class Interpretation Centre & Tourist Amenities at Sun Temple [ Culture ]

    World-class Interpretation Centre & tourist facilities at Konark Sun Temple was inaugurated by Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas w/Utkal Divas celebrations in Odisha. Sun Temple of Konark in Odisha is one of the important tourist attractions in the region.

     Image of Odisha Day

    Image of Odisha Day

    Image of Odisha Day

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  • Jun 5, 2018
  • 1 Print Biennale India 2018 -the First International Exhibition of Graphic Prints & Lithography [ Edu., Culture ]

    1st ever Print Biennale India 2018, International Exhibition of Graphic Print was held in New Delhi. Exhibition was organized by Lalit Kala Akademi. People were introduced with lithography medium of printmaking.

    Image of Lalit Kala Akademi

    Image of Lalit Kala Akademi

    Image of Lalit Kala Akademi

    • Exhib

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  • 2 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts to Set Up 6 New Regional Centres [ Culture ]

    Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is premier govt. -funded arts organization established on November 1985 in memory of Indian PM Indira Gandhi by PM Rajiv Gandhi. Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts Trust was constituted at New Delhi on March 1987.

    • Centre is

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  • Jun 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Iconic Tourist Sites Project: Important Sites (Important) [ Culture ]

    Following are major Tourist Sites selected by Tourism Minister for Iconic Tourist Sites Project. Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (UP) - One of the most beautiful monuments built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

    Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

    Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

    Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

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  • Jun 1, 2018
  • 1 What is Charkha Museum? [ Culture ]

    National Charkha Museum was inaugurated on 21st May, 2017. Located at Cannaught place in Delhi. Museum depicts history & evolution of Charkha, shows symbol of Nationalism, freedom movement by weaving Swadeshi cloth.

    Image of National Charkha Museum

    Image of National Charkha Museum

    Image of National Charkha Museum

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  • May 30, 2018
  • 1 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 19) [ Int. Rel & Org., Schemes & Proj., Bills, Culture ]

    Tele - Law: In its effort to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas. Government of India launched the ‘Tele - Law’. Available across the Common Service Centre (CSC) network.

    • This will connect the citizens to legal ser

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  • 2 Dara Shukoh’S Writings [ Culture, Ethics ]

    Dara Shukoh, also known as Dara Shikoh (20 March 1615 – 30 August 1659), was the eldest son and heir-apparent of the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The Vice President of India, said that Prince Dara Shukoh’s writings can come as a refreshing source for infusing peace and harmon

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  • May 15, 2018
  • 1 National Banana Festival 2018 [ Agri., Culture ]

    The National Banana Festival (NBF-2018) was held at Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from February 17 to 21. The festival was organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social action (CISSA) in partnership with Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat and a host of National and Stat

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  • Apr 3, 2018
  • 1 Mahamastak Abhisheka Mahotsav 2018: Inagurated by President [ Culture ]

    The Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav 2018 of Gommateshwara Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola was inaugurated. The monolith statue is a classic example of India’s rich culture, architecture, artistry and workmanship.

    Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

    Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

    Map of Location of Shravanabelagola

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  • 2 President Inaugurates Mahamastak Abhisheka Mahotsav 2018 [ All Upd. ]

    The Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav 2018 of Gommateshwara Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola was inaugurated. The monolith statue is a classic example of India’s rich culture, architecture, artistry and workmanship.

    Map of Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola

    Map of Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola

    Map of Bhagwan Sri Bahubali Swami at Shravanabelagola

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  • Mar 30, 2018
  • 1 President Opens Rashtrapati Bhavan’S Annual ‘Udyanotsav’ [ Culture ]

    Mughal gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan opened for the public after the inauguration by President Ram Nath Kovind on 5th Feb from February 6 to March 9. Visitors will also would be able to see other gardens including the Circular, Spiritual, Herbal, Bonsai, Tactile, and Musical

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  • Mar 21, 2018
  • 1 Pelican Bird Festival at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh [ Env., Culture ]

    The first Pelican Festival was hosted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism department at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, Atapaka Bird Sanctuary was recognised as one of the largest pelicanry in the world.

    Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

    Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

    Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

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  • Feb 22, 2018
  • 1 ASI Survey to Trace 50 Missing Monuments in the Country [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    As many as 24 monuments have been declared “untraceable” by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Out of these, 11 monuments are in Uttar Pradesh, two each in Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan, while one each in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh,

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  • Jan 7, 2018
  • 1 🌟 4 Missions of Ministry of Culture- National Mission on Monuments (Important) [ Culture ]

    Ministry of Culture has 4 important Missions namely, National Mission on Monuments & Antiquities (NMMA), National Mission on Manuscripts, National Mission on Libraries & Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission. Details are given below.

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    Image of National Mission on Monuments & Antiquities

    Image of national Mission on Monuments & Antiquities

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  • Jan 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What is Project Mausam? 39 Countries Identified Under Project ‘Mausam’ (Important) [ Culture ]

    Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies.

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    Image of Project Mausam

    Image of Project Mausam

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  • Jan 2, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Losar Festival in Ladakh (Important) [ Culture ]

    The traditional festival of Losar was celebrated in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year. The 10-day festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer.

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    Image of Losar Festival

    Image of Losar Festival

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  • Dec 21, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Kumbh Mela Included in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. (Important) [ Culture ]

    The Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO inscribed ´Kumbh Mela´ on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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    Image of UNESCO World Heritage Site Info Graphic

    Image of UNESCO world heritage site info graphic

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  • Dec 16, 2017
  • 1 What is Indology? Professor Hiroshi Marui Gets 3rd ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award [ Culture ]

    Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan won the third Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist Award for year 2017. Dravidology is separate branch dedicated to the Dravidian languages of South India.

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    Image of Indology

    Image of Indology

    About Professo

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  • Nov 20, 2017
  • 1 Aadi Mahotsav-Fortnight Long Tribal Festival-’a Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture [ Culture ]

    Fortnight long tribal festival ’Aadi Mahotsav on theme ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’ will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jeweler and much more through about 200 stalls.

    Image of Fortnight Long Tribal Festival - Aadi Mahotsav

    Image of Fortnight Long Tribal Festival - Aadi Mahotsav

    Image of Fortnight Long Tribal Festival - Aadi Mahotsav

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  • Sep 17, 2017
  • 1 🌟 North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre to Be Set Up in Delhi [ Culture ]

    North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will be set up in Delhi soon in line with the priority of North East region. Centre to act as cultural and information hub of the North Eastern Region.

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    Image of North Eastern Culture India

    Image of North Eastern Culture india

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