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ART AND CULTURE - October 2020

Oct 2020

Oct 26, 2020

Shakespeare's Globe to Get Slice of Culture Recovery Fund

  • Shakespeare's Globe, the Sage Gateshead and the company behind the Lady Boys of Bangkok are among the latest recipients of emergency government arts funding.
  • The replica Elizabethan theatre in London will receive almost £3m from the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.
  • The Birmingham Hippodrome, London's Old Vic theatre and the English National Ballet will all get the maximum £3m.
  • Gandey Productions, which stages the Chinese State Circus and the Lady Boys of Bangkok, will get more than £1m.
  • The Sage concert hall will receive £1.8m. Overall, 35 organisations and venues across England will receive up to £3m each in the latest round of grants, which is worth £75m in total. More than 70% is going go to venues and organisations outside London.

Oct 25, 2020

Life in Miniature Project

  • Life in Miniature Project is a combination between the Ministry of Culture, National Museum, New Delhi, and Google Arts & Culture.
  • Life in Miniature project was launched by the Union Ministry of Culture.
  • The project will allow online viewing of various hundred small-scale paintings (like Royal Saga, the Ramayana, Pahari style paintings) from the National Museum, New Delhi on Google Arts & Culture by people all over the world.
  • The project highlights upon the importance of the Digital India mission. It also spotlights the role of technology in the conservation of India's heritage.
  • The miniature paintings are colorful handmade paintings. They are very small in size. The main feature of these paintings is intricate brushwork. It gives unique identity.
  • Miniature paintings derived in India around 750 A.D. when the Palas ruled over the eastern part of India. These paintings became famous when religious writings were written beneath the images of Lord Buddha.  During the Mughal Empire, the miniature paintings started emerging on a different level.

Andhra Pradesh's Rajamahendravaram to Get Heritage City Tag

  • Andhra Pradesh's Rajamahendravaram or Rajahmundry is striving to get the heritage city tag from the Central government. The state Archaeological department has prepared a plan in this regard. The state authorities are collecting evidence and seeking remnants of Chalukya dynasty between the 10th and 11th centuries. The state Archaeological is gearing up to submit concrete evidence to get the Heritage City tag soon. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will be approached for obtaining a nod for the excavations process. If the city manages to get the Heritage city tag from the central government, it will receive funds.
  • Rajamahendravaram used to be known as Rajahmundry. Once the city was the first capital of several Telugu Kingdoms. However, the original name underwent a steady metamorphosis. Finally, the city got the name of Rajamahendravaram during the British rule, as per details provided by Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation. The city is located on the left bank of the river Godavari.

Oct 24, 2020

Stolen Ming Vase worth £2.5m Found in Charlton

  • A stolen 15th century Ming vase worth about £2.5m has been found during a police raid.
  • The antique is thought to have been taken by a crime group from a collection in Switzerland last June.
  • The vase was found during a raid in Charlton, south London, and as part of an investigation into counterfeit currency. Class A drugs and two suspected Tasers were also found.
  • Last week two men were arrested in Mayfair in central London.
  • Whilst this vase is valued at around £2.5m, it is a one-off and unique and therefore has immeasurable cultural value. It will be repatriated in due course.

Oct 20, 2020

Kati Bihu Celebrated In Assam

  • Locals in Bongaigaon celebrated the Kati Bihu festival in Assam.
  • Kati Bihu marks an important day for the Assamese people as they celebrate it by lighting up their homes and agricultural fields. People perform cultural dances and organise feasts.
  • During this time of the year, the paddy in the fields are in the growing stage and the granaries of the farmers are almost empty. On this day, earthen lamps are lit at the foot of the household tulsi plants, the granary, and the paddy fields.
  • To protect the maturing paddy, cultivators whirl a piece of bamboo and emanate spells to ward off pests and the evil eye.

Oct 19, 2020

Large 2,000-year-old Cat Discovered in Peru's Nazca Lines

  • The figure of a relaxing cat has been discovered in the Nazca desert in Peru.
  • The Nazca lines, a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to designs on the ground - known as geoglyphs - created some 2,000 years ago.
  • Scientists believe the cat, as with other Nazca animal figures, was created by making depressions in the desert floor, leaving coloured earth exposed.
  • The cat then went unnoticed until plans were recently drawn up for a new path leading to an observation platform.
  • The platform would have provided a vantage point for visitors to see many of the other geoglyphs.
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