National Handloom Day

Focus: GS-I Art and Culture Why in news? The Prime Minister has paid a tribute to India’s rich cultural diversity and all those working to celebrate India’s artistic traditions on the occasion of National Handloom Day. Introduction Handloom sector is a symbol of the country’s glorious cultural heritage and an important source of livelihood in […]

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Focus: GS I-Art and Culture Why in News? Recently, the Ministry of Tourism has revamped its Swadesh Darshan scheme as Swadesh Darshan 2.0 (SD2.0) with an aim to develop sustainable and responsible infrastructure at destinations. About Swadesh Darshan scheme: Nodal: Ministry of Tourism Objective:  To develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits  will […]

Significance of Sannati

Significance of Sannati

Context: Left almost unattended to for 20 years after excavation, the ancient Buddhist site on the bank of Bhima river near Kanaganahalli (forming part of Sannati site) in Kalaburagi district, has finally got some attention. Relevance: GS I- Art and Culture Dimensions of the Article: About Sannati Significance of Sannati About Sannati Sannati is a […]

The International Booker Prize

Context: Author Geetanjali Shree’s translated Hindi novel, Tomb of Sand, became the first Indian language book to win the International Booker Prize. Relevance: GS I- Art and Culture Dimensions of the Article: What is the Booker Prize? What about the International Booker Prize? Why is it called the ‘Booker’? Who have been some prominent winners? […]

Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project

Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Project

Context: Recently, The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said that a sculpture of a lion, which possibly dates back to the Ganga dynasty, was found during excavation for the controversial heritage corridor project around the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha. This is the third such lion sculpture found during the excavation work. The […]

Devasahayam Pillai

Devasahayam Pillai

Context: Devasahayam Pillai, who was born a Hindu in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu and converted to Christianity in the 18th century, became the first Indian layman to be declared a saint by the Vatican. Besides Devasahayam, the Pope proclaimed five other men and four women as saints. Relevance: GS I- Art and Culture About […]

National Gallery of Modern Art

Focus: GS I- Art and culture Why in News? National Gallery of Modern Art to organize a host of educational activities and programs under the theme of ‘Power of Museums’ during week long celebrations of International Museum Day from 16th-20th May About National Gallery of Modern Art Founded in 1954, as the premier museum of modern art […]

Karaga Festival

Context: The centuries-old Karaga (temple fair) festival was recently held at the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple in Bengaluru. Relevance: GS I- Festivals Dimensions of the Article: Karaga Festival Cultural significance of Karaga Karaga Festival  It is held every year in the Hindu calendar’s Chaitra month (March/April), and its origins may be traced back to the epic […]

Odisha’s Lingaraj Temple Ordinance

Context: The Central government has told the Odisha government that its ordinance to bring the 11th-century Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar and its associated temples under a special law is outside the legislative competence of the state legislature. It also said the ordinance is in conflict with the rules laid down under the Ancient Monuments and […]

Puri Jagannath Temple

Context: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has asked the Odisha government to tweak its much vaunted Shree Mandira Parikrama Project (SMPP) — a massive beautification project around the 12th-century Jagannath temple in Puri — which has already run into a controversy.  Relevance: GS I- Art and Architecture Dimensions of the Article: Shree Mandira Parikrama […]