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CURRENT AFFAIRS - ART & CULTURE State gets cultural policy | 08-Aug-2017 18:08

In news:

          The Karnataka State Cabinet approved a cultural policy for the State, which is first in India to have such a comprehensive policy, aimed at promoting Kannada culture and language.

Major focus areas of policy:

         Aim at formulating measures to curb the tendency of banning Kannada books for trivial reasons

          Decentralization of the Department of Kannada and Culture

          Formation of search committees to select chairpersons to various academies and authorities to de-politicise appointments

          Establishment of art galleries in every district

          Formulation of separate programmes to help artistes in distress

        Establishment of separate Bayalata, Sugama Sangeeta and Nritya academies, and giving priority to local cinema culture.

Historical facts:

          The plan to have a cultural policy was first envisaged during the Janata Dal government in 1996.

        A Cabinet sub-committee headed by H.K. Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, studied the recommendations, including the financial implications of implementing it. After the sub-committee showed the green signal, the Cabinet approved it.

Chirala silk weavers ask for GI Tag | 02-Aug-2017 16:00

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  • Weavers of Chirala in Andhra Pradesh feel a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for their impressive silk sari can help them compete better and survive in the era of globalization.
  • The Chirala weavers inherit centuries-old rich artistic legacy. Italian traveller Marco Polo’s travelogue stands testimony to their weaving skills.
  • They are credited with manufacturing saris that can be folded and kept in matchboxes.

GI Tag

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

3 Day International Buddhist Conference in Bihar | 21-Mar-2017 13:08

The three days ‘International Buddhist Conference’ organized by Ministry of Culture and Nava Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University in Rajgir, Bihar.

The Conference was inaugurated by The Dalai Lama and Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture and Tourism at International Buddhist Conference Rajgir, Bihar.

There were two highlights of the inaugural session. One is the release of the reprint of the Pali Tripitaka in Devanagari script by the Dalai lama. The second highlight was the announcement of the opening of the department of the Buddhist science for the first time in Asia.