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ART AND CULTURE - December 2019

Dec 2019

Mar 25, 2021

Nayak Period Inscription Found

  • A team of professors and students of Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College discovered a Nayak period inscription on a stone pillar at Papamadai of Avaniapuram village.
  • The team discovered two stone pillars, around 10 feet in height and 1.5 feet in width, with 19 lines of inscriptions. Mr. Rajagopal said that according to the inscription, Algatchiyar Pillai had thanked King Veerappa Nayak for donating a land for construction of a sluice for irrigation. The guidance of renowned archaeologist C. Santhalingam was sought in deciphering the message of the inscription.

Mar 24, 2021

3,000-year-old Gold Mask

  • A 3,000-year-old ceremonial gold mask has become an unexpected social media sensation in China after its recent discovery in Sichuan province.
  • The artefact was one of 500 Bronze-Age relics found at the Sanxingdui archaeological site.
  • Experts say the discovery could provide new insights on the ancient Shu state, which ruled the area before 316 BC.
  • But the mysterious half-faced mask has also spawned a popular meme and tribute videos on social media.
  • As soon as the latest batch of discoveries was announced on Saturday, users of microblogging platform Weibo started making pictures superimposing the mask on the faces of pop culture figures.
  • The hashtag "Sanxingdui gold mask photo editing competition" has been viewed nearly 4 million times, and has spawned numerous posts as netizens praised the "stunning" and "beautiful" mask.

Mar 22, 2021

Glenstone Museum Gifts Katharina Fritssch Rooster Sculpture to National Gallery

  • In a move of regional collegiality, a sculpture of a bright blue rooster by artist Katharina Fritsch has now entered the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it has been on view on the museum's east building roof terrace.
  • Glenstone, the private museum in nearby Potomac, Maryland, founded by ARTnews Top 200 Collectors Emily and Mitchell Rales, had offered the 14-foot-tall work Hahn/Cock (2013) as a long-term loan to the NGA since 2016, and ultimately decided to gift it to the D.C. institution.
  • As per reports, the work was given "in honour of the resilience of the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic." The sculpture is being illuminated on a nightly basis during the museum's temporary closure of its east and west buildings, harkening back to its illumination in April 2020 as part of a campaign to recognize essential workers.
  • Fritsch created Hahn/Cock for the "Fourth Plinth" public art series in London's Trafalgar Square in 2013. Using 3-D printing, the artist modeled the monumental sculpture after a taxidermy rooster.

Mar 14, 2021

Croatia's Museum of Illusion Goes Global

  • The Museum of Illusions in Zagreb has in reality grown into the world's biggest chain of private museums, offering fun as well education as it explores different perspectives in the human mind.
  • The museum displays a number of optical illusions such as water flowing uphill in defiance of gravity, a maze of mirrors, or climbing the ceiling.
  • The illusions are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.
  • The Museum of Illusions opened in 2015 after two years of preparations inspired by the Brain Games TV show on the National Geographic channel.
  • The museum has now become one of the most visited in the Croatian capital and has opened up franchises overseas due to the interest shown by foreign visitors.

Mar 08, 2021

PM Modi to Release 11 Volumes of Manuscript with Scholars' Commentaries on shlokas of Bhagavadgita

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release 11 volumes of manuscript with commentaries by 21 scholars on shlokas of Srimad Bhagavadgita at his residence. Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Karan Singh, a veteran Congress leader who is also a scholar of Hindu theology, will also be present on the occasion.
  • Rare multiple Sanskrit commentaries in original calligraphy will be part of the Bhagavadgita's release.
  • The manuscript, published by Dharmarth Trust, is written with extraordinary variety and nuance of Indian calligraphy ranging from Shankar Bhashya to Bhasanuvada. Singh is the chairman trustee of Dharmarth Trust, Jammu and Kashmir.

Conservation Works of Singorgarh Fort Begin

  • The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, laid down the foundation stone for conservation works of Singorgarh Fort at the Singrampur village of Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh.
  • On the occasion, the President also inaugurated the Jabalpur Circle of Archaeological Survey of India. He also addressed the State Level Tribal Conference at Singrampur village in Damoh which was organized by Union Ministry of Culture and the Tribal Affairs Department of Madhya Pradesh. On the occasion, Kovind also paid his floral tributes at the statue of Rani Durgavati in Singrampur village. He also launched the booklet of Tribal Department and a portal for virtual classes for the tribal artists. On this occasion, President also awarded the talented tribal students with the Shankar Shah and Rani Durgavati awards.
  • This fort is situated in Damoh district in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is a hill-fort of Garha Kingdom. The fort is spread over the hills of a forested area. It is located at a distance of 45 km from Jabalpur city. It was a magnificent fort. Rajgond rulers of central India were the residence of this fort. The fort is currently in a ruined condition for which conservation work is launched. The fort also comprises of a pond at the hilltop that provided water. Under the rule of Rani Durgavati in the year 1564, the fort was attacked by the last war of the Garha Kingdom dynasty.
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