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ART AND CULTURE - April 2020

Apr 2020

Jul 25, 2021

Hyderabad's Kalakriti Art Gallery Goes 'Phygital'

  • The pandemic prompted art galleries across India to enhance the virtual experience of viewing and buying art. Some of them upgraded their websites to host virtual exhibitions. Hyderabad-based Kalakriti art gallery is going a step further to give art lovers a 'phygital' (physical and digital) experience, incorporating elements of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • The gallery established in 2002 recently moved to a new address on Road no. 4, Banjara Hills. The multi-level premise intends to become a cultural hub that hosts art events, talks, book readings and cultural performances. The 4000 square feet gallery space on the ground floor can host three exhibitions simultaneously and offer a seamless digital experience.

Jul 24, 2021

Three Monuments Identified as Adarash Smarak: Andhra Pradesh

  • Three monuments in the State of Andhra Pradesh have been identified under the Adarsh Smarak Scheme. These monuments will be provided with additional amenities and will be made into more tourist-friendly sites.
  • This was announced by the Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy
  • The Buddhist remains at Salihundam in Srikakulam, monuments at Nagarjunakonda in Guntur and Veerabhadra temple (Lepakshi) in Anantapur have been selected under the Adarsh Smarak Scheme.
  • They will be provided with various additional facilities like cafeteria, Wi-Fi, Braille signages, interpretation centre, illumination etc.
  • Currently, there are 135 sites in Andhra Pradesh which are centrally protected monuments and they are provided with amenities various Upgradation in a regular manner.
  • This scheme was launched by the Ministry of Culture in the year 2014. Under this scheme improved visitor amenities are provided to attract tourists. This scheme has been taken up to maintain and develop 100 monuments protected monuments in the country.

Jul 23, 2021

Sunken Settlement Discovered Beneath a Venice Lagoon

  • The submerged remains of a Roman road have been found on the seafloor of the Venice lagoon, along with archaeological structures that are thought to be what's left of a dock and settlements.
  • The remains are thought to date to centuries before Venice was founded in early medieval times, when much of what is now the lagoon was accessible by land.
  • The new discoveries in the Treporti Channel, in the northern part of Venice's outer lagoon, confirm the findings of an archaeological investigation of the area in the 1980s, and suggest that the now-submerged area was mostly dry land. The area likely had several small permanent settlements and roads that linked them to nearby trading centers.

Jul 22, 2021

Berlin Opens Ambitious Cultural Forum in Palace Replica

  • One of Germany's most ambitious cultural projects, which will feature collections of African, Asian and other non-European art in a partial replica of a Prussian palace that was demolished by East Germany's communist government after World War II, is open to the public.

Jul 21, 2021

U.S. Seeks to Return 10th-Century 'Masterpiece' Allegedly Looted from Cambodia

  • The U.S. is seeking to return a 10th-century statue of Skanda atop a peacock to Cambodia.
  • U.S. prosecutors said that they were attempting to return a 10th-century sculpture that they claimed had been stolen from Cambodia in 1997.
  • The statue comes from the site of Prasat Krachap, a temple in Koh Ker, which was the capital of the Khmer empire between 928 and 944 C.E. It depicts Skanda, the Hindu god of war, atop a peacock. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York noted that Skanda was rarely depicted in Cambodian art.
  • In a lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court of New York, prosecutors called the work a masterpiece of Khmer art and a significant part of Cambodian cultural heritage.
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