The year 2018 saw many events and efforts in fulfilling the mandate given and also further showcasing India’s Culture Richness and Heritage on International Platform. Beginning of two -year-long celebrations to Commemorate150 Years of Gandhi Jayanti, 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Celebration of 75th Anniversary of Formation of Azad Hind Government, Birth Centenary celebration of Smt. Vijaya Raje Scindia, the inauguration of Dharohar Bhawan- A new ASI Building Headquarters at New Delhi, Pathbreaking Findings at the Excavation Site at Sanauli, Uttar Pradesh which caught the attention of International experts and various events of Ek Bharath, Shrestha Bharat were some of the important highlights for the ministry this year.
The Salient Cultural Activities and Achievements During the Year 2018
NAI hosted Special Exhibition to Commemorate the 70 years of Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India
The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated an exhibition on “INDIA @ 70: THE JAMMU & KASHMIR SAGA” on the occasion of 70 years of Accession of Jammu & Kashmir to India, in New Delhi on 11th January 2018. The month-long exhibition was curated by the National Archives of India of Ministry of Culture. Through this interactive Digital Exhibition, the National Archives of India aimed to portray the historical narrative of the Kashmir Conflict, sensitizing the younger generation and creating awareness about the heroism, valour and sacrifice of our Armed forces and civilians.
Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Building declared as World Heritage by UNESCO
In yet another landmark achievement this year, India’s nomination of the “Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai ” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
This makes Mumbai city the second city in India after Ahmedabad to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. In the past 5 years alone, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second largest in number after China in terms of the number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.
7th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav held in KARNATAKA
To celebrate the idea of unity in diversity, the Ministry of Culture organized the 7th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix in Karnataka beginning January 14, 2018. The State paired with Karnataka is Uttarakhand. The Mahotsav covered a profusion of art forms from classical and folk, music and dance, theatre to literature and the visual arts and offered the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. A handloom and handicrafts-Utsav was part of the event. The gastronomic culture of several partnering states was showcased through a food festival.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards presented by President of India
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 17, 2018. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that art connects people with culture.
First ever International Kala Mela held in Delhi
The First ever International Kala Mela was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on 4th February 2018. The International Kala with the aim to promote the spirit of Unity in Diversity and the relevance of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. With a total of 325 exhibition stalls, it has more than 800 participants from across the globe. These participants were from countries such as China, Venezuela, Peru, Portugal, Srilanka, Poland, Tunisia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Trinidad, Tobago, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Czechia, UK, Spain and Brazil. The Festival was organized from February 4th, 2018 to February 17th, 2018 at the IGNCA, New Delhi.
Kabir Mahotsav held in Maghar, Uttar Pradesh
The two days ‘Kabir Mahotsav’ organized by the Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 500thyear of death anniversary (Punya tithi) of 15th-century poet-saint Kabir was organised during 28th and 29th June,2018 with much fanfare in Maghar, Sant Kabir Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh. Artists and Artisans from all over the country with several cultural performances rejuvenated the tone of spiritualism through folk music and dance along with musical and theatrical performances.In its journey of 2 days in Maghar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar Pradesh the festival was graced and addressed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 28th June 2018.The two-day festival was organized by the Ministry of Culture to portray the glory of Kabir’s literature and his message of oneness uniting all sections of the society. Various folk music and dance along with musical and theatrical performances were presented in which artists and artisans from all over the country participated celebrating the plural traditions of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
NSD, Ministry of Culture hosted the 8th Theatre Olympics
The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 8th Theatre Olympics 2018 at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi on 17th February, 2018. The Theatre Olympics 2018 travelled to 17 Indian cities with 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 power packed youth forum shows with participation of 25,000 artists from the globe. The festival concluded on 8th April 2018, with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.It was the first ever Theatre Olympics to be held in India.
8th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav held in Madhya Pradesh
Continuing its endeavour to promote India’s Heritage, Ministry of Culture is organising a week-long diversified cultural carnival ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ in Madhya Pradesh that began at Maan Mandir Fort, Gwalior on 24th February 2018.. To celebrate our plural traditions, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in Madhya Pradesh was enjoined with Nagaland and Manipur as its pairing states. The festival Travelled in 2 cities of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Bhopal and Indore from 26th February to 28th February 2018.
First ever International Print Biennale held in Delhi
In keeping with its role as the country’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi hosted the first-ever International Print Biennale in the country with a record number of 17 countries taking part in it. The first-ever International Exhibition of Graphic Prints ‘Print Biennale India 2018’ opened on 25th March 2018 at the Rabindra Bhavan Galleries of the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. A total number of 988 entries at the national level were received of which 127 have been chosen for display. The number of entries at the international level was 137 of which 50 artists have been selected. A total of 73 artworks of international artists are on display. While the ‘Eminent Printmakers of India’ show consists of 98 artists were displayed at the NGMA galleries from Monday 26th March till April 22nd, 2018.
9th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav held in Tehri, Uttarakhand
Continuing its endeavour to promote India’s rich cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture organised 3 day long diversified cultural festival ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ festival which was inaugurated on 25th May,2018 by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, at Koti Colony, Near Tehri Lake, Uttrakhand,The North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala was entrusted with the responsibility as the nodal agency to carry forward the execution of the National Cultural Festival under the banner of the slogan “EK BHARAT SHRESHTHA BHARAT”.
Tagore Culture Award Declared for the years of 2014, 2015 & 2016
The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 was conferred on the doyen of Manipuri dance Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh; Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) and on one of India’s greatest sculptors, Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar, respectively.The Jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister, Sh Narendra Modi and comprising of the Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Shri N. Gopalaswami & Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe after detailed discussions on 24th October 2018 unanimously decided to select Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Chhayanaut and Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar to be the recipients of the Tagore Award for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 respectively, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
ASI Lifted the Ban on Photography
The Archaeological Survey of India, an organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in an order issued on 12th July,2018, decided to allow photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites.
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