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ART AND CULTURE - August 2022

Aug 2022

Jan 15, 2023

ASI Unearths Two 1200-year-old Miniature Stupas at Nalanda

  • The Patna circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) unearthed two miniature votive stupas dating back 1200 years during landscaping work near the Sarai Tila mound within the grounds of "Nalanda Mahavihara," a world heritage site in the state's Nalanda district. The stupas, carved from stone, depict Buddha figures.
  • The Nalanda Mahavihara site comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.

Jan 13, 2023

Petta Thullal Organised with Ritualistic Fervour in Kottayam

  • Petta Thullal, the ritualistic sacred dance by Ambalappuzha group to celebrate victory of Lord Ayyappa over demon princess Mahishi was held at Erumeli town in Kottayam district, Kerala.
  • The event marked the last leg of the annual Sabarimala pilgrimage season.
  • The devotees started the ceremonial dance after sighting the sacred eagle (Krishna Parunthu) in the sky from Kochambalam.

Jan 09, 2023

International Kite Festival 2023 Begins in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  • After a hiatus of two years, International Kite Festival 2023 began in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • The Kite Festival was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Kite fliers from 65 countries will take part in the Kite Festival, which will be held in four Gujarat cities.
  • International Kite Festival with the theme of G20 will be held from the January 8 to 14.
  • Since 1989, the city of Ahmedabad has hosted the International Kite Festival as part of the official celebration of uttarayan, bringing master kite makers and flyers from all over the world to demonstrate their unique creations and wow the crowds with highly unusual kites. In past years, master kite makers from Malaysia have brought their wau-balang kites, llayang-llayanghave come from Indonesia, kite innovators from the USA have arrived with giant banner kites, and Japanese rokkaku fighting kites have shared the skies with Italian sculptural kites, Chinese flying dragons, and the latest high-tech modern wonders.

Purple, First Inclusion Festival of India Concludes in Goa

  • The Purple Fest, Celebrating Diversity, the state's first-ever inclusive festival for people with disabilities (PwDs), took place in Goa. Panjim hosted the festival from January 6–8, 2023, with all the fanfare.
  • The three-day festival's purpose was to demonstrate to everyone how to promote diversity in our society and how to help one another.
  • The Goa State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with the Goa Directorate of Social Welfare and Entertainment Society, held the Purple Fest.
  • The festival received thousands of entries, and delegates from throughout the nation anticipated attended and took part in this magnificent celebration.
  • For Goan delegates and students with impairments, the programme was free, the rest has to pay a registration fee.
  • The Purple Fest featured a variety of entertaining live performances, including stand-up comedy, dance, and music events, among many other engaging activities.

Jan 07, 2023

World's First Palm-leaf Manuscript Museum Comes up in Thiruvananthapuram

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Palm leaf Manuscript Museum with modern audio-visual technology at the renovated Central Archives, Fort area in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Museum, promoted as "World's First Palm-Leaf Manuscript Museum" was set up by the Archives Department in association with the Kerala Museum of History and Heritage at a cost of Rs. 3 crore.
  • The museum is a repository of curious nuggets of administrative, socio-cultural and economic facets of the Travancore kingdom which lasted for 650 years till the end of the 19th century. It had been the Central Vernacular Records Office since 1887 before becoming a museum.

Jan 05, 2023

Dhaka Literary Festival 10th Edition to be on 5-8 January

  • The 10th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF), the largest international literary festival in Bangladesh, which was postponed three years in a row owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, is scheduled for January 5-8, 2023. The Bangla Academy in Dhaka's historic grounds will serve as the venue for the event.
  • The Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF), founded in 2011 with the goal of showcasing Dhaka and Bangladeshi literature and culture to the world, is directed by Sadaf Saaz, Ahsan Akbar, and Kazi Anis Ahmed.
  • The festival's primary concentration is on literature, but it also embraces culture and ideas more generally, sparking debates on a variety of subjects, from poetry and translations to science and mathematics to philosophy and religion to fiction and literary non-fiction to history, politics, and society.
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