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ART AND CULTURE - January 2020

Jan 2020

Jan 29, 2020

India and France to Partner on Museums

  • According to the Ministry of Culture India and France will work together in the field of museums, cultural spaces and research, and a joint working group will be established for this purpose.
  • The working group would explore partnership between the National Museum in Delhi and a French counterpart to be designated by the French government. The first meeting of this group would be held before April 30. The Ministers opened an exhibition of works by French artist Gerard Garouste at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Cultural Performances Delight Audience at 'Bharat Utsav'

  • Cultural performances by artistes from various States marked 'Bharat Utsav-2020' at Kikani Higher Secondary School.
  • Organised by Sri Krishna Sweets and Bharath Kala Sangamam, the theme for the event was 'Festivals of India'.
  • The cultural event was inaugurated by P.M. Harish, retired Lieutenant General.

Jan 28, 2020

Benetton India Awards its Digital Mandate to Dentsu X-cubic

  • Benetton India, the Indian arm of global fashion firm Benetton Group, has awarded its digital media duties to Dentsu X's agency dX-cubic, effective January 2020. The incumbent agency on the account is GroupM, owned media agency Wavemaker India.
  • Benetton's strength lies in its millennial consumer base who show a deep connection and love for the brand.
  • As part of the mandate, the agency will handle media planning, buying and strategy of the fashion brand across all digital platforms.
  • Dentsu X India comprises three agencies - dX-matrix, dX-cubic and dX-palette, offering integrated communication solutions. Owned by Dentsu Aegis Network, Dentsu Media was rebranded as Dentsu X in 2017. Apart from media buying and planning the agency assist on content creation, technology, data and behavioural insights to its clients.

Jan 27, 2020

Tableaux Showcase Diversity and Heritage

  • The festivals of India's youngest state, Telangana, the architectural and cultural heritage of Jaipur which won the Unesco World Heritage tag in June 2019, Jammu & Kashmir's 'back to village' programme, were some of the themes among the 22 tableaux that rolled down Rajpath to mark the country's 71st Republic Day.
  • While 16 states and Union Territories showcased their cultural heritage and motifs, six departments and ministries of the Union government displayed themes that best represent the work they have done or aspire to do.
  • While the Punjab tableau showcased the ideology of Guru Nanak, Gujarat put displayed its ancient architectural style in the form of 'Rani ki vav', a Unesco World Heritage Site in Patan city.
  • Meghalaya themed its tableau around the state's interactions with nature in the form of the double decker living root bridge, while Goa put on display its government's 'save a frog' initiative.
  • Among the Union government departments, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) made a debut with a tableau showcasing the flood rescue team in action. The department of drinking water and sanitation on the other hand, underlined the government's 'Jal Jeevan Mission' initiative, which aims at providing functioning tap connections to every house by 2024.
  • The department for promotion of industry and internal trade on the other hand, emphasised the value of start-ups in India.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, the ministry of shipping, and department of financial services are some of the other tableaux that marched down Rajpath.

Jan 26, 2020

Mahatma Gandhi Bust to Be Set Up At IMO Headquarters in London

  • Mahatma Gandhi's bust will be set up at the International Maritime Organisation headquarters in London coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary celebration of the Father of the Nation.
  • IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim consented for it during a meeting with Shipping Minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya at Davos, Switzerland.
  • Mandaviya is presently on a four-day official visit to Davos to attend the Annual World Economic Forum Meeting.

Jan 25, 2020

India's First War Memorial for Animals

  • A war memorial that is being planned in Meerut is set to feature a heroine who lost her life in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir in 2016.
  • It is also likely to feature some others who acquitted themselves creditably in the Kargil war India fought with Pakistan in 1999.
  • What makes the memorial unique is that it is devoted to service animals, mostly dogs, but also horses and mules. It will be the country's first animal war memorial and recognise heroics on the battlefield, devotion to duty and outstanding contribution to military service alongside soldiers.
  • The memorial will come up at the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) Centre and College in Meerut where the army breeds, rears, and trains dogs, mules and horses.

Ghent Altarpiece: Lamb's 'Alarmingly Humanoid' Face Surprises Art World

  • The restoration of a prized 15th Century painting has revealed the "human-like face of a lamb", surprising art critics and spurring debate.
  • The Ghent Altarpiece, completed by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck in 1432, has captivated the art world for centuries.
  • Housed at St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, it is seen as the first major oil painting to gain global fame.
  • Since 2012, a 2.2m euro (£1.8m; $2.4m) project to restore the artwork has been taking place at a museum in Belgium.
  • In the second phase of the project, which ended last month, restorers made some unexpected discoveries.
  • Restorers found that the central panel of the artwork, known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, had been painted over in the 16th Century.
  • Another artist had altered the Lamb of God, a symbol for Jesus depicted at the centre of the panel.
  • Now conservationists have stripped away the overpaint, revealing the lamb's "intense gaze" and "large frontal eyes".
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