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ART AND CULTURE - September 2020

Sep 2020

Sep 28, 2020

Fossilised Leaves from Jurassic Period Found in Jharkhand

  • Geologists have found fossilised leaves, estimated to be around 150-200 million years old, in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district.
  • A couple of 20 cm by 5 cm fossilised leaves of genus Ptilophyllum have been found in Dudhkol mountain in Taljhari area and further excavation is underway.
  • The excavation is being conducted in association with National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow under a project of the Department of Science and Technology of the Union government.
  • Such leaves were consumed by herbivorous dinosaurs. Smaller fossils from Upper Jurassic to Cretaceous period were earlier found in the region.
  • Several fossils were earlier found in Maharajpur, Tarpahad, Garmi Pahad and Barharwa areas in Sahibganj and Sonajhari in neighbouring Pakur district.

Sep 26, 2020

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Seeks Classical Status for Odissi Music

  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Centre to accord classical status to Odissi music as it has at least 2,000-years old tradition and is based on 'Shastra' having its own 'Raga'.
  • Patnaik in a letter to Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel. It (Odissi music) has a distinctive rendition style based on codified grammar, the characteristic giti system of classical texts and having its own tala, different from Hindustani and Carnatic music.

Sep 25, 2020

Tiny Teapot Found in Derbyshire Garage Sells for £390k

  • A tiny teapot found during a lockdown clear-out has sold for £390,000 at auction.
  • The object, a Chinese wine ewer that may have belonged to an emperor, was found in Derbyshire by the 51-year-old as he went through boxes in a garage.
  • It was expected to fetch between £20,000 and £40,000 but instead sold for more than the average house.
  • The 8.5cm-high ewer was brought back from China by his grandfather, who was stationed there during World War Two.
  • It spent many years in his mother's display cabinet but eventually ended up in a box in a relative's garage in Church Gresley.

Sep 24, 2020

The Story of the Museum of Art and Photography and a Mural

  • Bengaluru's Museum of Art and Photography now sports a large, colourful façade featuring elements that make the city what it is.
  • There is a new addition to the Bengaluru cityscape. The façade of the Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) on Kasturba Road, which is under construction, has been transformed into a large, colourful mural.
  • The project was brought to life over 10 days by Aravani Art Project, a city-based cis and transwomen art collective. The artwork titled Story of Bangalore or Bengaluru Kathegalu, features the myriad people that make the bustling metropolis: from the morning walker and the pourakarmika to the traffic policeman, complete with orange reflector jacket.
  • The people in the mural remain faceless, painted in different shades of brown. The idea being, "it could be you".

Sep 21, 2020

Sarcophagi Buried for 2,500 Years Unearthed in Saqqara

  • A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.
  • They were found inside a newly-discovered well at a sacred site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.
  • Thirteen coffins were discovered earlier this month, but a further 14 have followed.
  • The discovery is now said by experts to be one of the largest of its kind.
  • Images released show colourfully painted well-preserved wooden coffins and other smaller artefacts.
  • Saqqara was an active burial ground for more than 3,000 years and is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven't been opened since they were buried.
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