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ART AND CULTURE - August 2022

Aug 2022

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.

Jan 04, 2023

Manipur: Gaan Ngai Festival of Zeliangrong Community

  • In Manipur, the Gaan Ngai festival of the Zeliangrong community was celebrated. The Gaan Ngai festival is one of the major festivals of Manipur which is celebrated every year after harvesting.
  • The festival also marks the end of the year when the farmers have stored their food grain in their ganeries. During the festival, the Zeliarong community shows their gratitude by offering to the almighty a good harvest and praying for a better and prosperous life in the coming year. It is a custom to produce new fire by rubbing dry wood and split bamboo pieces and distributing them to every household on the day of the festival to mark the beginning of the New Year.
  • The Zeliarong community in Manipur comprises Rongmei, Liangmei, and Zeme tribes.

Jan 03, 2023

Kerala Host's First International Beach Festival

  • The 'Spice Coast' in the far north of Kerala, better known as North Malabar, basked in myriad colours and the pomp and splendour of the cultural extravaganza titled 'Bekal International Beach Festival'. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the 10-day first international beach festival, which concluded on January 2, that captured the wholeness and the essence of the district's cultural and artistic uniqueness and displayed the rich cultural diversity and grandeur of the country, at the majestic Bekal Beach Park.
  • It was organised by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) in association with the District Tourism Promotion Council, Kudumbashree, Asmi Holidays, and the local self-government bodies in the district. In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs.
  • The festival which also aimed at revitalising the district's development by showcasing its potential, offered a feast of cultural and musical nights, along with food festivals that capture the cuisine of Kasargod, exhibitions, and tour programmes.

Centre Constitutes High Powered Committee to Discuss Measures to Protect Ladakh's Unique Culture,...

  • The Centre constituted a High Powered Committee to discuss measures to protect Ladakh's unique culture, language and employment. A 17 member committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai. Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R.K. Mathur, MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Chairmans of Leh and Kargil Hill councils, representatives of Apex Body Leh, Kargil Democratic Alliance and nominee officials of Home ministry are among the members in high powered committee.
  • The committee will discuss the protections to culture and language considering the geographical location and strategic importance of Ladakh.
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