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Decorate Your Home With These Easy-To-Make Rangolis

 It is that time of the year again! If the beautifully lit oil lamps and lanterns bring hope and positivity, the vibrant and intricate rangoli patterns liven up the festive fervour. Just seeing a rangoli filled with different colours enhances the vibe of ‘Diwali’ and makes us realise that happy times are just around the corner. However, creating rangoli is considered a challenging and time-consuming task. Don’t worry if you are not a pro at drawing rangoli, here are some tips and tricks that will help you decorate your home entrances with beautiful designs. 1. Make use of kitchen utensils: One does not need to spend money on expensive art tools to create rangoli on Diwali. With the help of kitchen utensils, one can easily create beautiful rangoli patterns. Plates and bottle caps act as the best go-to tools to make rangoli designs. If…

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Women’s Equality Day 2021: History And Significance

The United States is commemorating the 101st year of Women’s Equality Day. On August 26, the day is largely commemorated in the United States to honour American women gaining the constitutional right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1920. The legislation makes it illegal to deny citizens of the United States the right to vote based on their gender. HISTORY OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY The United States Congress established August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971, at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug, and it was approved in 1973. It is declared by the President of the United States every year. President Richard Nixon issued the first official proclamation. Since then, every US president has made a proclamation establishing this day. The date was chosen to honour the 1920 approval of the 19th Amendment to the…

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International Day For The Remembrance Of The Slave Trade And Its Abolition: History & Significance

August 23 is marked as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. During the imperialist regimes run by the colonial powers of Europe, slave trade was a cruel yet common practice. Through this practice, a section of the world and its peoples, mainly from Africa and Asia were reduced to mere slaves who were bought and sold and transported to colonial settlements in Haiti, Caribbean, and other parts of the world. History The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on August 23 because of a significant event that took place surrounding this date. Santo Domingo, which is modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, was an erstwhile colonial settlement of France in the eighteenth century. The days of August 22 and August 23, 1791 saw the start of the uprising…

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Happy Onam 2021: Significance, Wishes, Quotes & Messages

The harvest festival of Kerala, Onam holds great significance for Keralites. The festival generally falls in the month of August/September and is celebrated across India and the world by people. Onam is marked by the harvest season of the standing crops.  The festival marks the beginning of the Malayalam year, called Kolla Varsham. Onam is celebrated by people with varied activities, which include Vallam Kali (boat race), Pullaki (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower Rangoli). Onam celebrations span over 10 days and fall on the 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, overlapping with August-September. Onam began this year on August 12 and it will end on August 23. Significance Of Onam 2021 Onam festival is a symbol of King Mahabali’s annual homecoming. In Kerala, it is believed that King Mahabali’s reign was the most prosperous time for the state. The festival also…

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Raksha Bandhan 2021: History, Significance, Date & Timing

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purity and sanctity of the bond that exists between siblings. Raksha means safety and Bandhan means bond. This festival is celebrated between siblings for their undying support and a vow of protection of each other under any dire circumstance. This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 22nd August which falls on Sunday. This festival is full of joy, merriment, exchange of gifts and sweets. Like all other festivals, even Raksha Bandhan has a deeply traditional and cultural significance. History Of Raksha Bandhan 2021 Raksha Bandhan has its roots in a popular incident described in the epic, Mahabharata. Once Lord Krishna was flying a kite and cut one of his fingers with the thread. Then Draupadi tore a piece from her saree and tied it on Krishna’s finger to stop the bleeding. Moved by the gesture, Krishna promised her that he will protect her from all…

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World Photography Day 2021: History, Significance & Quotes

World Photography Day is celebrated every year on 19 August. The day is observed all over the world to celebrated the art, craft, science and history of photography. Photography is a very important medium of storytelling. Moreover, it is one of the few mediums which can convey a feeling instantly and more effectively than words can. A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an emotion, an experience, an idea, and a moment in time. World Photography Day: History History of World Photography Day can be traced back to late 1830s when Louis Daguerre developed the first-ever photographic process by inventing the ‘daguerreotype’. According to Planeta.com, The French Academy of Sciences on 9 January, 1839, announced the process. It was followed by the French government announcing the invention as a gift free to the world on 19 August, 1839. Therefore, 19 August is celebrated…

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75th Independence Day: History And Significance

15th August every year is celebrated as Independence day. India received freedom from the oppressive rule of the British Empire in 1947 and the Indian national flag was hoisted by the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru above the Lahori Gate of Red Fort in Delhi. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the culmination of our freedom struggle. This day is celebrated across the nation with much ardour and pride, with people coming together to remember the sacrifices of our freedom fighters and leaders who dedicated their lives to liberate our nation.  The Indian freedom fighters started many movements that in some way or the other helped broke the shackles of slavery after 90 years. From the Revolt of 1857 to sepoy mutiny, there were many movements that were a major benchmark in the fight against Britishers. We owe this…

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Nag Panchami 2021: History, Significance, Date, Time & Puja

Nag Panchami or Naga Panchami is celebrated on the Panchami date of Shravan Shukla Paksha. It consists of traditional worship of snakes as they hold an important place among the gods. The day is celebrated by Hindus throughout India, Nepal and other countries with Hindi inhabitants. The snakes are believed to reside in Patala Lok and the lowest of them is known as Naga Loka, the regions of Nagas. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna describes himself as Vasuki among the snakes and Ananta among the serpents. On the day of Nag Panchami in South India, snakes are made from red sandalwood on wooden posts or idols of snakes in yellow or black colors are made with clay or are bought to be worshipped with milk. People sought their blessings for the well-being of the family.  Nag Panchami 2021: History and Significance Snakes are…

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Happy Hariyali Teej 2021: Wishes, Quotes, Messages And WhatsApp Greetings

People across the country will observe the monsoon festival Hariyali Teej 2021 today. The Hariyali Teej is marked on the third day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan. It is also called Shravani Teej as it falls in the month of ‘Shravan’ month. There are three teejs that are celebrated throughout the year – Hariyali, Kajari and Hartalika. According to belief, on the auspicious day of Hariyali Teej, women, who are married, pray for the well being of their husbands. Unmarried women seek Lord Shiva and Parvati’s blessing on this day so that they get an eligible match. This year this auspicious occasion will start from August 10 at 6:08 pm and will go on till 4:56 pm on August 11. Since it is starting in the evening of August 10 it will be celebrate the next day. Women observe ‘nirjala upvas’, which…

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History And Significance: National Handloom Day 2021

August 7 is observed as National Handloom Day to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement and to celebrate our country’s rich fabrics and colourful weaves. This year, India will mark the seventh National Handloom Day to showcase the legacy of the Indian handloom industry and to honour the weavers across the country. The day is dedicated to raise awareness among the public and to increase the contribution towards the socio-economic development of the weavers. The day was first observed in 2015 by the Government of India. NATIONAL HANDLOOM DAY : HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE The handloom sector is one of the major symbols of the Indian cultural heritage. It has been an important source of livelihood, especially for women. They form around 70% of the weavers or allied workers in the sector. National Handloom day is celebrated to honour the handloom community and acknowledge their contribution to…

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Gujarat Artist Makes Ganesh Idol With Vaccine Vial

Ahead of Ganeshotsav in Gujarat’s Vadodara, Dakshesh Jangid makes Ganesh idol, showing him sitting on a vaccine vial, with a syringe beside him and a face mask in hand to raise awareness on Covid-19 protocols and encourage people to get vaccinated. Amid the relaxations given by the government permitting people to celebrate the festival following Covid-19 protocols, Dakshesh Jangid urges people to stay safe and avoid a third wave in the country. He has made the idol with a height of about 2.5 feet and added little structures of Covid warriors beside the vial, depicting Covid-19 vaccination. “I have been making eco-friendly Ganesh idols for the past four years,” he told in an interview. He further stressed that the idea behind making this is to raise awareness on following Covid-19 protocols and also to get vaccinated in order to prevent a third wave amid…

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Dholavira: A Harappan City Among The UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The Harappan city of Dholavira in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch has found a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, making it the 40th world heritage property in the country. The UNESCO announcement on Dholavira, which was made Tuesday, follows the agency’s announcement listing Rudreswara Temple, also known as the Ramappa Temple, in Telangana as a world heritage site. India had submitted the nomination dossier for ‘Dholavira: A Harappan City to the World Heritage Centre’ in January, 2020. The site was on the UNESCO’s tentative list since 2014. It is one of the very few well-preserved urban settlements in south Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE. Spread over 22 hectare, the Harappan-era metropolis is the fifth largest archaeological site of the Indus Valley Civilisation, dating back to around 3000 BC and is believed to have been occupied till 1500 BC. It draws its…

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World Nature Conservation Day 2021: Significance, Wishes, Quotes, Messages

Protecting and conserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility. World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated to acknowledge the importance of a healthy environment for human society. July 28 is celebrated as World Nature Conservation Day every year to spread awareness to conserve resources that play a pivotal role in protecting Earth. The objective behind this day is to introspect as a species how humans are exploiting nature. There has been an imbalance between nature and the human race which is causing global destruction. World Nature Conservation Day recognises that a healthy environment is important for a stable and productive society. To honour this day, send wishes, quotes, SMS to your loved ones on World Nature Conservation Day 2021 and spread awareness about conserving the environment. World Nature Conservation Day 2021: Wishes, Quotes, Messages “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” – Aldo…

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: Significance, Quotes, Status, SMS

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: Significance The Indian armed forces had defeated the Pakistan army in Kargil in July 1999. Since then this day (July 26) is being celebrated as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas‘. On this day, people all over the country pay tributes to soldiers who fought in the 1999 Kargil war. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the conflict. For the unversed, the war which took place between May and July of 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district lasted for a little over two months. It was fought under the temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius and ended on July 26, 1999. Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year on this day. On the patriotic occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021, here are some of the best quotes, messages, HD images,…

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Guru Purnima 2021: PM Modi extends hearty greetings

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended greetings on the occasion of Guru Purnima. “Hearty greetings to the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima,” the Prime Minister tweeted. He will also share a message at the Ashadha Purnima-Dhamma Chakra Day programme today at around 8:30 AM. This year, Guru Purnima, which is observed on the full moon day in Ashadh month of the Hindu calendar, falls on July 24, which coincides with the lunar eclipse. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists to honour one’s gurus or teachers who guide them through their lives towards the path of enlightenment. Devotees from different corners of the country come to worship their Gurus living in Haridwar on the occasion. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Haridwar District Administration has said that only a ‘symbolic snan’ (holy bath) will be held.…

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Guru Purnima 2021: Significance, Date And Time

Happy Guru Purnima 2021: Day to worship your teachers and mentors, will be observed on Saturday, July 24. Teachers are our guiding angel. They guide us on the right path and therefore it becomes important for us to thank them for their selfless service. Guru Purnima or Guru Poornima is the day that holds special importance in the lives of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Celebrated on the full moon day during Ashadha month, Guru Purnima tithi begins at 10:43 AM on July 23, and Guru Purnima Tithi ends at 08:06 AM on July 24, 2021. The word Guru derived its origin from the Sanskrit language where ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means the removal of darkness. This day marks the birth ceremony of Ved Vyasa, who wrote the holy book Mahabharata. The festival is also celebrated to remember Lord Buddha, who gave his first sermon…

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Tanda Francis Turn Plywood From Black Lives Matter Protests Into Sculptures

To honor those who participated and create a permanent tribute to the racial justice movement, Tanda Francis took plywood used to board up storefronts across the city last year and turned it into a sculpture called “RockIt Black.” For New York artist Tanda Francis, the Black Lives Matter protests during the summer of 2020 was a historic event. “To transform this plywood that was on the streets during the Black Lives Matter actual uprising is… amazing,” Francis told Reuters. “In my work, I actually use the color black and actually try to elevate it, kind of contrast to how it’s been sort of stigmatized in our culture.” Francis was one of five artists chosen to participate in The Plywood Protection Project https://www.worthlessstudios.org/plywoodprotection organized by worthless studios, a New York not-for-profit. “New York City was covered in this plywood during COVID shutdowns and, you know,…

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Getty Announces Grants Worth $1.55 Million; City Palace Museum Grants Rs 70,00,000

Getty has announced 19 new grants worth $1.55 million to support exhibitions, publications and digital projects around graphic arts. Udaipur’s City Palace Museum, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation has been granted Rs 70,00,000 for an exhibition and publication on 18th to 19th-century maps and landscapes from Udaipur in India. The leading global arts organisation — committed to the exhibition, conservation and understanding of the world’s artistic and cultural heritage — announced the grants under its ongoing Paper Project initiative. Heather MacDonald, senior program officer at the Getty Foundation said in a press release, “Permanent collections that include prints and drawings are the lifeblood of museums, archives and libraries. “As the cultural sector moves into post-pandemic rebuilding, institutions have a tremendous opportunity to refocus on their own holdings while they also invest in the professional growth of their staff. These grants provide the resources needed to take…

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Actors Remember Surekha Sikri’s Contributions To Indian Theatre

Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away at 75 on July 16 due to a cardiac arrest. Her death was condoled by many members of the film industry. Meanwhile, her alma mater National School of Drama (NSD) took to Twitter to grieve her demise. NSD called Sikri’s demise an “irreparable loss” for Indian theatre. Sikri graduated from NSD in 1971. Later she worked with the NSD Repertory Company for more than a decade before she finally moved to Mumbai. Recalling the brilliant theatre performances by the late actor, Anupam Kher expressed condolences on social media, calling his “senior” in NSD, the “queen of theatre in Delhi”. Watching her perform in the play #LookBackInAnger was an experience I will never forget,” he wrote. Gulshan Grover also recalled how he got the opportunity to work with Sikri during his “theatre days”. “RIP Surekha ji #SurekhaSikri! Had the great fortune…

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Belgium’s Africa Museum Begins Process To Return Stolen Art To Congo

From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of artworks including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Belgium’s Africa Museum, once a celebration of the country’s colonial rule, will begin a multi-year process of returning stolen art to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Belgian government said on Tuesday. From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of art works including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were likely taken by Belgian and other European collectors, scientists, explorers and soldiers. Following a 66-million-euro ($78 million) overhaul of the Africa Museum to take a more critical view of Belgium’s colonial past, the government is ready to meet DRC calls for restitution. “The approach is very simple: everything that was acquired…

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How Do You Move A 30-Ton Diego Rivera Fresco?

Written by Carol Pogash For decades the monumental 10-panel fresco by Diego Rivera depicting a continent linked by creativity has been mounted in the lobby of a theater at City College of San Francisco. There, somewhat tucked away from the art world, it has been cared for as a labor of love by a de facto guardian who has long dreamed of finding a way to allow more people to experience it. Now, after a four-year, multimillion-dollar undertaking involving mechanical engineers, architects, art historians, fresco experts, art handlers and riggers from the United States and Mexico, the 30-ton, the 74-foot-wide-by-22-foot mural has been carefully extracted and moved across town to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where it will go on display June 28. “Diego was building a metaphoric bridge between the Mexican culture and the tech culture of the United States,” said Will Maynez, the…

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Jagannath Rath Yatra 2021: Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Began With Snana Purnima

The annual festival of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra began today (June 24) with Snana Purnima. On this day, it is considered auspicious to bathe in the holy water and begin the jalyatra. The festival is celebrated by worshipping Lord Jagannath (ruler of the world), his elder brother Balbhadra (Balaram) and sister Subhadra. Three giant wooden chariots are made of a kind of Neem tree for the deities for the yatra. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the celebrations are restricted and no devotees are allowed. However, every year, hundreds of people arrive in Puri to seek blessings at the Jagannath temple in Odisha and participate in the rath yatra. Ahead of the annual festival, the temple in Puri was illuminated on Wednesday evening. The gates of the 11th-century temple will open on June 25 after several weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic,…

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Weavers use creativity To Encourage Vaccination

In a creative attempt to highlight how the Maheshwar handloom weavers are suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and also to promote their craft, Maheshwari weavers are encouraging vaccination using their stunning and colourful handloom sarees. The coronavirus pandemic upended the world in the past two years, and among those worse affected were small businesses, and in India the handloom industries faced a very severe brunt when the Covid-19 pandemic forced lockdowns across India, putting a stop to the means of livelihoods of many households. Among these were the weavers of the famed Maheshwari sarees of Madhya Pradesh. The weavers come from Maheshwar, which is a small town in Madhya Pradesh and is not only famous for the stunning and colourful handloom creations that come from here but is also considered to be the centre of handloom weaving since the 5th century. In a creative attempt…

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International Yoga Day 2021: Theme And Benefits of Yoga

Since 2015, International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on June 21. The United Nations has marked the day to raise awareness about the many benefits of practising Yoga for people all over the world. The date was chosen because June 21 is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere. The word Yoga has originated from the Sanskrit word Yuja which means ‘to join or to unite.’ It symbolizes the union of body and mind. Yoga practice has been dated to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, known to help cure mental and physical diseases and maintain fitness. Apart from physical and mental relaxation, Yoga also helps develop strength, flexibility and immunity. This is especially important in times of the ongoing pandemic when the mental and physical health of people has come under dire stress. Theme: International Yoga Day 2021  As per UN’s website, the theme for this year’s…

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In A Recent Poem Titled Kaise Ho, Dia Mirza Stresses On The Need To Pause And Heal

If there is one thing the ongoing pandemic has taught us, it is the importance of looking out for each other, take note of the other person. But in all this, we tend to lose sight of our own health, our mental being. In a recent poem titled Kaise Ho actor, Dia Mirza is upholding all this. Written by Priyanshi Bansal & Simar Singh and performed by the actor, the poem touches upon the growing anxiety we are living in and the importance of logging out. “‘Kaise Ho? Tum aksar yeh sawaal logon se poochte ho/aaj-kal kuch zyaada hi poochte ho,” she says. At one point, she states– “Aaj khud ke liye aur apno ke liye kuch time nikaalo,” she says, emphatically. “Woh email jispe ‘I hope this finds you well’ likha hain/Agar tum well nahi ho, toh bhi it’s fine” she says. She further went on to highlight the need to…

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Father’s Day 2021: Gift Ideas For Your Dearest Dad

Dad, a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love. It’s time to celebrate the most important man in your life, your dad. Father’s day is just around the corner (June 20) and it’s a perfect chance for you to celebrate your dearest daddy in the most special way. Apart from pampering him with delicious food or a cosy musical evening, pick a unique gift for your dad this Father’s Day. Whether your father is a music lover, a food enthusiast, a traveller, or a bibliophile, here we have curated a list of unique gifts for every kind of dad.  Here are some gift ideas for Father’s Day: Tea hampers If your dad is particular about his morning and evening tea then the best gift for him would be some organic flavoured tea hampers. Perfume One simple yet thoughtful present for your dad is…

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Pandemic Exacts A Heavy Toll On Tango Culture

According to the Federal Assembly of Tango Workers, the cultural mainstay had employed some 7,000 people throughout Argentina. But between 2020 and this year, some 40 tango clubs out of a total of 200 in Buenos Aires have closed permanently. In a huge ballroom in a Buenos Aires basement, the tables are stacked. On the orchestra stage, the piano lid is closed near unplugged speakers and billboard images of tango celebrities. The empty, dark dance floor at the Viruta Tango Club is a symbol of the pandemic-induced crisis facing dancers and musicians of an art form known for close physical contact and exchanging partners. Like other venues of its kind, the Viruta club has been closed since March 8, 2020, around the time that Argentine authorities decreed a strict quarantine in hopes of reducing the spread of Covid-19. The club used to host hundreds of tango…

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The Mawa Theatre Company: Set for Shakespeare‘s Plays

The UK’s all-black, all-female group — Mawa Theatre Company — is all set to throw new light on Shakespeare‘s plays. The actors representing Black and Black Mixed Race Women of the African diaspora say they aim to “redress the imbalance within the theatre industry, be a beacon for Black female creativity, and an agent for change”, in an Instagram post. The company, launched by actors Maisey Bawden, Gabrielle Brooks, Danielle Kassaraté and Jade Samuels, promises to “address how black and black mixed race women are represented in classical text”. The company, which also aims to “explore how Shakespeare translates to Black audiences, producing content that focuses on themes within his works that correlate with the Black community”, has received funding from the Arts Council. As part of their venture, they will re-examine Bard’s most famous works from a black female perspective and make him “accessible…

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The Curtain Rises On The 20th Tribeca Festival And Newyork Too

Instead of the usual theatres that are home to the Tribeca festival, its primary venues this year will be outdoor screenings dispersed around the city with an emphasis on the energy generated by perhaps the largest cultural event held in New York in more than a year amid Covid-19. The 20th Tribeca Festival is aiming to not just rebuild itself after its 2020 edition was largely scuttled by the pandemic, but to help revitalize its hometown. This year’s Tribeca, which opened Wednesday with Jon M. Chu’s adaption of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights,” will be spread throughout all five boroughs of New York with a mix of in-person and virtual screenings, ultimately culminating in a full-capacity premiere at a newly reopened Radio City Music Hall. For a festival founded in the wake of 9/11, coaxing New York back to life is a…

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As War Destroys Yemen’s Present, Museums Fights To Preserve It

A bronze statue of the main god of the kingdom of Saba, located in what is now the Yemeni province of Marib, lies in a dark and fortified room of the Sanaa National Museum. The piece was made by a man named Hawtar Athat in the first half of the sixth century BC. It has been lucky enough to survive the latest war in Yemen. Many other artefacts have not. The Sanaa museum miraculously escaped years of bombing by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against the Houthi group. “Other areas around the museum were targeted and that led to the destruction of some artefacts and to cracks in the walls of the building itself,” said Ibrahim al-Hadi, the museum’s director. Most of the collection was moved to safe rooms in the museum when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015. Collections of Arabian swords,…

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Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Plans Expansion Project At New Site

Officials at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe have announced plans to build a facility large enough to fill an entire city block. The new 54,000-square-foot museum will be built on the site of a former Safeway grocery store, which is currently occupied by the museum’s Education Center and Prima Title, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported. It is estimated to cost $60 million. Museum officials are expected to announce the plan publicly this week at an online neighborhood notification meeting required by the city for certain construction projects. The expansion project has been in the works since the museum opened in 1997, but the expansion evolved into relocation in recent years. Museum Director Cody Hartley said the existing museum will become an annex, but officials could later decide to not use the current building. “The organization has grown and grown and grown, and our…

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National Best Friends Day 2021: Wishes, Status And Quotes

Friends play the most important part in our life. They give us the shoulder to cry on and at moments become our reason to roll on the floor laughing. It won’t be wrong to say that friends are your next family and a blessing in disguise. Apart from Friendship Day, another day is celebrated and it called the National Best Friends Day. Every year June 8 is celebrated in honour of our bond and connection with friends. This day is especially celebrated with great enthusiasm in the US but several other countries have also started observing the same. The world is currently fighting with the COVID pandemic and therefore the celebration this year will take place in a low-key manner. However, social media is the perfect platform where you can share some ideas, some friendship quotes, some images and pictures that would help you plan for your day before the big day!  National Best…

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Odisha Artist Carves Hindu Holy Book Hanuman Chalisa In Wood

Arun Sahu of Kantei Koli village in Ganjam district has carved two copies of Hanuman Chalisa, a Hindu holy book, from wood. Arun is a carpenter by profession. During the epidemic last year, he made lots of wooden work which made him the recipient of several awards. This year he carved these holy books by carving Hindi alphabets in wood and compiling the wooden book. He wants to present the books to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik. Arun said, “It has been more than one year since our nation went into lockdown. I was thinking about what I should do, I got the idea to make a Hanuman Chalisa in wood. I made two of them. I want to gift one to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other one to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.” “My dream…

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French Museum, New Jersey City Seek Cultural Alliance

State local and museum officials on Friday announced a planned partnership between Paris’ Pompidou Center and New Jersey’s Jersey City to transform a gutted industrial building into a satellite museum in the heart of a transportation hub for thousands of commuters that is not far from where Lady Liberty stands in New York Harbor. Centre Pompidou x Jersey City scheduled to open in 2024 would be the French museum’s first venture in North America, said Centre Pompidou President Serge Lasvignes. It currently has sites in Metz, France; Shanghai, China; Malaga, Spain; and Brussels Belgium. The satellite would be completed in time for when the Paris museum which houses more than 120000 modern works of art in its unique architecture of exposed colored pipes and air ducts undergoes a major renovation. While the French would provide the art and expertise, Jersey City would provide the…

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Thai Museum Welcomes Artefact Of Hindu Deities Indra And Yama From US

1000-year-old sandstone artefacts of Hindu deities Indra and Yama finally returned to Thailand from the US after being stolen half a century ago. Thailand held a welcoming ceremony on Monday to mark the return of two ancient hand-carved artefacts that were stolen decades ago and smuggled out of the country to the United States. The two 680 kg (1,500 lb) Khmer-style stone carvings had been on display at the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco, which was required to forfeit them when a settlement was reached in February between the US government and San Francisco authorities. Thailand had informed the United States in 2017 that the lintels, which date back to the 10th and 11th century, had been stolen. “Today is the day that they are finally returned to their home country and displayed here,” Thai culture minister Itthiphol Kunplome said at the Bangkok…

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Bollywood Icons Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor’s Ancestral Homes In Pakistan To Transform Into Museums

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had fixed the price for purchase of Kapoor’s 6.25-marla and Kumar’s four-marla houses for ₹1.50 crore and ₹80 lakh, respectively, with plans to convert them into museums. Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government on Tuesday approved the purchase of the ancestral homes of legendary Indian Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor here for converting them into museums. Peshawar District Commissioner Capt. (retd.) Khalid Mehmud rejected the objections of the owners of both the houses and announced the award and transferred the ownership of both the houses to the Archaeological Department. “The land (homes of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor) will vest in the name of acquiring Department i.e. Director Archaeology and Museums,” a notification issued by the Deputy Commissioner’s office said. The KP government had fixed the price for purchase of Kapoor’s 6.25-marla and Kumar’s four-marla houses for ₹1.50 crore and ₹80 lakh, respectively,…

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All About Super Blood Moon 2021

The Full Moon will be closest to the Earth on 26 May, so it may look larger in the sky, making it a Blood Super Moon eclipse. It can also range from orange or red to brown. Last month, a Pink Supermoon was seen around the world and in the coming week, the second Supermoon will be visible, this time it will be seen red in colour. Reportedly, this view will be seen on 26 May and will last for about 14 minutes 30 seconds. There will also be a full Lunar eclipse. What is Blood Super Moon eclipse? A full lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are in a straight line. At the time of the eclipse, the earth comes between the sun and the moon. Due to this, the sunlight does not reach the moon and the moon appears dark. However, it…

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Hanuman Jayanti: Importance, Quotes And Wishes

The auspicious festival of Hanuman Jayanti is here. The day is celebrated on different days in different parts of the country by Hindu devotees. People worship Lord Hanuman and offer prayers by chanting Hanuman Chalisa. On this day, all Hindu devotees visit Hanuman Temples and seek blessings for a healthy and prosperous life. This year, the country is witnessing surge of Covid19 cases and the government has advised people to not step out in large numbers to contain the spread of the coronavirus. So people are celebrating at their homes. Hanuman arti and many other hymns and songs are recited in honour of Lord Hanuman on this day. On the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti 2021, wish your loved ones by sending messages and quotes on social media. Wish them luck, love and good health. Hanuman Jayanti: Best Wishes And Quotes >Lord Hanuman symbolises strength and…

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World Heritage Day: History, Significance And Quotes

World Heritage Day is observed every year on April 18 to preserve the human heritage and recognize the efforts of the organizations working for it. Monuments and ancient buildings are an asset to the world. They make for the rich heritage of the nation. Therefore, World Heritage Day is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful. This day is celebrated to maintain the legacy and save the rich heritage which has been given to us by our ancestors. History of World Heritage day The ICOMOS organization was established on the principles put down in the Venice Charter, also known as the 1964 International Charter on the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites. During a seminar in Tunisia, the International Council of Mountains and Sights suggested celebrating World Heritage Day on 18 April 1982. Then, in November 1983, at…

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History, Significance, Wishes, Status, Quotes, Greetings: Buddha Purnima 2021

Happy Buddha Purnima 2021: The word Purnima means full moon, and it is used in this context because Nepalese people celebrate the date on the May full moon. It has gained this significance because Buddha was born in Nepal. In Sri Lanka, Buddha Purnima is celebrated as Vesak. Here are some wishes, quotes, messages, and SMSs to send your family and friends on Buddha Purnima 2021. On the full moon day of Vaishakh month, the birth anniversary of Lord Gautam Buddha is celebrated as the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima or Vesak. This year the occasion falls on May 26, which coincides with Blood Moon, Supermoon and the first Lunar Eclipse of the year. Lord Buddha was the founder of Buddhism and was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautama (c. 563-483 BCE). Hindus and Buddhists all over the world celebrate this day with enthusiasm and…

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How Begum Sultan Jahan Fought Patriarchy And Educated A Generation Of Women

Born in 1858, Begum Sultan Jahan ascended the throne in 1901. While she was the fourth female ruler of Bhopal, she is credited with many firsts. She was known for ruling in the present with her eyes set on the future. Her progressive policies for women, at a time when they were shackled by the forces of patriarchy, have made her a feminist icon even today. Nearly a century ago, when the term feminism was not yet part of common parlance, the princely estate of Bhopal was run by a line of powerful women. In the absence of male successors, they initiated a matrilineal reign from 1819, which continued till 1926. These rulers are often referred to as the Begums of Bhopal. During this era, they ruled with authority, dignity and bold reforms — disrupting the patriarchal system that had been laid down centuries…

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South Africa Losing Cultural Landmarks Like Apartheid Museum to COVID

A pair of boxing gloves worn by Nelson Mandela at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa lies under a thick layer of dust in a darkened room, the silence is broken only by the thud of moths nose-diving onto the glass display case. The gloves were once one of the most popular exhibits at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, one of the dozens of heritage attractions and art galleries around the country forced to close their doors due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We had to let go of all of the staff. About 30 people. There’s no one here to turn the lights on and off,” said the museum’s director, Christopher Till. He used his mobile phone as a torch to show some of the hundreds of artworks and artefacts illustrating the history of the long struggle against white minority rule. “We…

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Bhagvad Gita In Urdu And Ramayan In Persian Inside A Library Of Walled City

On a restive, summer night in 1987, when the Walled City was under curfew following communal violence in Uttar Pradesh, a group of young men snuck out to buy vegetables, milk and other essentials for people in the area. The library, housed in Pahari Imli lane, a crowded left turn from the famous Matia Mahal road leading to the Jama Masjid, caters to thousands of people in the locality. The night three decades ago was the turning point, said Muhammed Naeem, who with his 10 friends started the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA) in a nondescript small room in Pahari Imli three years later. “After three-four days of the curfew in 1987, there was no food, or milk. We snuck out to bring essentials. It was a turning point, when this thought occurred that we seriously needed to do something for the people, Naeem…

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World Milk Day 2021: History, Importance And Theme

Every year, 1 June is marked as World Milk day. World Milk Day is being celebrated annually since 2001. The day was introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This year, the theme for Milk Day will focus on ‘sustainability in the dairy sector Milk is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet for each individual and the annual World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word. In the last few years, India has also become one of the largest producers of milk in the world with over 150 million tonnes of production and per capita availability of over 300 grams per day. With a week to go for World Milk Day 2021, here is everything you need to know about the day and celebrations that take place across the globe. History of World Milk…

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International Museum Day 2021: Theme and History

International Museum Day is observed on May 18 every year to raise awareness among people about the museums. Museums are an important means of cultural exchange and the development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among people. Every year, all the museums across the globe are invited to participate in International Museum Day to promote the role of museums. International Museum Day is significant for creating awareness about the role of museums in the development of society on an international level. International Museum Day 2021: Theme Each year there is a specific theme for International Museum Day. The theme for International Museum Day 2021 is “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine.” International Museum Day 2021: History International Museum Day was first held in 1977. Since then it has gained increasing attention. The International Museum Day in 2009 attracted 20,000 museums, hosting events in…

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Adi Shankaracharya 1233 birth anniversary: Date, time, and significance

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of an Indian Guru and philosopher Adi Shankara. He compiled Advaita Vedanta and revived it at a time when Hindu culture was on the decline. Shankaracharya took birth at Kalady in Kerala during 788 C.E. He was disappeared in the year 820 C.E at the young age of 32. Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on Panchami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month. The Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti comes during April or May month. This year, the birth anniversary will be celebrated on May 17. Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti date and time Shankaracharya Jayanti will be observed on Monday, May 17, 2021. The Panchami tithi will begin at 10:00 am on May 16, 2021, and end at 11:34 am on May 17, 2021. Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti significance Adi Shankara, along with Madhava and Ramanuja, played an important…

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Akshay Tritiya 2021: Best Wishes, WhatsApp Quotes and Greetings for all

Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej is known as Tritiya Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Vaishakh month. This year, the festival is being celebrated on May 14, Friday. According to the scriptures, whatever auspicious work is done on this day, they get a lasting result. This is why it’s called “Akshay Tritya”. It is believed that on this day auspicious works such as wedding, moving into a new house, purchase of garments, jewellery or house, vehicle etc. can be done.  On the special occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, wish your friends, family and close friends with these quotes and messages. Akshay Tritiya 2021: Quotes, Wishes and Greetings The God of wisdom and strength told me He is coming to bless you. So stay happy this Akshay Tritiya, and add a Midas touch to all that you do, Happy Akshay Tritiya. Everyone is waiting for the auspicious day to come.…

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Mother’s Day 2021 in India: Date, history and importance

Mother’s Day is a celebration of relentless love, sacrifice and care that a mother has towards her child. A mother’s love is always unconditional and pure for her children. Know its date, signifance and history. Mother’s Day is a celebration of relentless love, sacrifice and care that a mother has towards her child. A mother’s love is always unconditional and pure for her children. A quote by American author Mitch Albom perfectly sums up the epitome of care and love that mothers are. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth”. In most of the countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May, while several others celebrate the occasion on different dates according to their beliefs.  A mom protects you, loves you, pampers you and cares for you…

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