Bhaskarabda to be added to official Assam calendar

What is the News? Assam Government has announced that Bhaskarabda, a Luni-Solar Calendar, will be used as an official calendar. Note: Currently, the official calendar of the Assam government is the Saka calendar and the Gregorian calendar. However, the Bhaskarabda calendar will also be used from now onwards. What is Bhaskarabda Calendar? Bhaskarabda Calendar is… Continue reading Bhaskarabda to be added to official Assam calendar

Research centre for Indian art set up in Zurich museum

What is the News? Museum Rietberg based in Zurich, Switzerland has established a unique research centre and fellowship programme named GBF Centre. What is the purpose of the GBF Centre? GBF Centre is a public-private partnership initiative meant for scholars, curators and artists who specialise in Indian painting. The centre takes its name from the… Continue reading Research centre for Indian art set up in Zurich museum

Maharashtra: Rain water mars painting in prominent cave at Ellora

What is the News? The rainfall has resulted in rainwater seeping into cave number 32 at the world-renowned Ellora Caves, causing some damage to a painting. About Cave number 32 Cave no 32 is also known as ‘Indra Sabha’ Cave. It is a two-storey architectural marvel excavated in the ninth century. It is considered as… Continue reading Maharashtra: Rain water mars painting in prominent cave at Ellora

Is digitisation opening up a can of worms?

Source: Livemint Relevance: Digitalizing heritage assets is an important topic in art and culture. Synopsis: Digitalizing heritage assets need a careful assessment. In recent years, cultural institutions across the country have advocated for digitisation and the pandemic has only accelerated this. For instance, The National Mission for Manuscripts’ project: The pilot was set up in… Continue reading Is digitisation opening up a can of worms?

BJD symbol promotes folk dance form

Biju Janta Dal’s (BJD) election symbol Conch (Sankha) has been playing a major role in promoting “Jodi Sankha” (double conch).  Jodi Sankha is a traditional folk dance native to Ganjam district, Odisha. The Jodi Sankha is a combined presentation of rural music along with Badya and Nrutya. The dance form is martial in nature. Other… Continue reading BJD symbol promotes folk dance form

Thakurani Jatra festival kicks off

The Thakurani jatra festival has started. It is a biennial festival celebrated in Berhampur, Ganjam district, Odhisa. During the festival, Goddess Budhi Thakurani is taken from the main temple at Thakurani Temple Street to her temporary abode at Desibehera Street, where she stays till the festival ends. According to historians, first Thakurani Yatra was celebrated… Continue reading Thakurani Jatra festival kicks off

A.P. villagers yearn to revive historic temple

Villagers in Motupalli seek to revive a historic temple of Veerabhadraswamy located in the village. Motupalli village is located in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh in Chinnaganjam mandal of Prakasam district. Veerabhadraswamy (form of Lord Shiva) temple was built during the reign of Chola dynasty.  It has inscriptions in Telugu and Tamil and also host Panchaloha… Continue reading A.P. villagers yearn to revive historic temple

‘Angkor did not suffer a sudden collapse’

According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt collapse. The study has pointed out that Angkor demise was not caused by the Ayutthayan (Siamese kingdom located in present day-Thailand) invasion or by infrastructural… Continue reading ‘Angkor did not suffer a sudden collapse’

Attukal Pongala begins in Thiruvananthapuram

The Attukal Pongala has begun in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Attukal Pongala festival is held annually in Attukal Bhagvati Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is popularly known as the “Women Sabarimala”. Pongala, which means ‘to boil over’, is the ritual in which women prepare sweet payasam and offer it the main deity ‘Bhagavathy’, also referred to… Continue reading Attukal Pongala begins in Thiruvananthapuram

Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument

Goa, Art and Culture Minister has said that Ghumot will be notified as the state’s heritage instrument. Ghumot is Goa’s indigenous earthen percussion instrument.  It is widely used in folk songs, Mando music (a musical form in Goa which has elements of both Indian and western culture), religious and temple music in Goa. The instrument… Continue reading Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument