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ART AND CULTURE - December 2023

Dec 2023

Apr 17, 2024

Arunachal Pradesh's Nyishi Tribe Celebrates Longte Festival

  • The Nyishi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh enthusiastically celebrated the Longte festival, one of their biggest cultural events. Unlike many other tribal festivals, Longte prohibits the sacrifice of animals, instead adorning altars with decorative white feathers and bamboo decorations.
  • Nyishi tribe: As the largest ethnic group in Arunachal Pradesh, the Nyishi community boasts a rich cultural heritage. They are known for their agricultural practices, particularly Jhoom cultivation, and their traditional longhouses called Namlo.

Apr 12, 2024

Sangeet Natak Akademi Organizes 'Shakti - A Festival of Music and Dance' in Shaktipeeths

  • The Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) is organizing the festival 'Shakti – A Festival of Music and Dance' till April 17, 2024. The festival is being celebrated in seven different Shaktipeeths (sacred sites) across the country. The event is being organized under the Kala Pravah series to revive the temple traditions in the country during the auspicious Navratri period.
  • The Shakti Utsav was inaugurated at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The festival is be organized in the following seven Shaktipeeths:
  • Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati (Assam)
  • Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
  • Jwalamukhi Temple, Kangada (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Tripura Sundari Temple, Udaipur (Tripura)
  • Ambaji Temple, Banaskantha (Gujarat)
  • Jai Durga Shaktipeeth, Deoghar (Jharkhand)
  • Shaktipeeth Maa Harsiddhi Temple, Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
  • SNA is India's largest national-level academy of music and drama, established by the Government of India. The academy was established in 1953 through a parliamentary resolution and was later reorganized in 1961. SNA is the apex body in India dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich intangible heritage expressed through music, dance, and drama.
  • The headquarters of SNA is located in New Delhi, and it functions as an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture. SNA is managed by its General Council, with the Chairman appointed by the President of India for a term of five years.

Apr 11, 2024

UK Exhibition Explores Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Life

  • A grand new exhibition brought together many previously unseen works to explore the life and legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the 19th century founder of the Sikh Empire, at the Wallace Collection museum in London. The exhibition featured historic objects from the legendary ruler's court, courtiers and family members.
  • Besides the glittering weaponry associated with the period of his reign between 1799 and 1849, the collection brings together intricate miniature paintings and exquisite jewellery from the Sikh Empire, drawn from major public and private collections.
  • This exhibition is a unique opportunity, through adding context, to examine the period of time and also deconstruct how it is that we have got where we are today, particularly in diaspora communities exploring their identity. We look at the complex relationships that cross cultural boundaries and bring out themes of love, devotion, overcoming adversity," said the British Sikh scholar.
  • London's Wallace Collection is renowned as the home of one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world and for the first time its Sikh treasure trove is placed in its historic and artistic context, complete with traditional music of the time.

Apr 04, 2024

Governor R. N. Ravi Inaugurates Param Vir Chakra Garden

  • Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi inaugurated the Param Vir Chakra garden and Aikyam exhibition at the Kanchi Mahaswami Vidya Mandir in Tambaram, Tamil Nadu. Ravi was accompanied by Lt. Gen. Karanbir Singh Brar, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), General Officer Commanding (Dakshin Bharat area), and V.Shankar, chairman of the Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Trust.
  • The garden showcases the history and statues of the 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, India's highest military decoration for valour.
  • Lt. Gen. Karanbir Singh Brar praised the initiative, stating that such honour has not been accorded by any non-Army institute or organisation before. He emphasised the need to highlight the services of the Indian Armed Forces.

Mar 31, 2024

A 900-Year-Old Chalukyan Inscription Found at Gangapuram

  • A 900-year-old Kannada inscription dating back to the Kalyana Chalukya dynasty was discovered in a state of utter neglect at Gangapuram, a temple town in Jadcherla Mandal, Mahabubnagar district, Telangana. The rare inscription was found lying uncared for on a tank bund near the Chowdamma temple.
  • The inscription was issued in 1134 CE by the Customs Officers of Tailapa-III, son of the Kalyana Chalukya Emperor 'Bhulokamalla' Someswara-III.
  • It records the remission of income accrued through toll taxes called Vaddaravula and Hejjunka towards a perpetual lamp and incense for the God Somanatha.
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