February 28, 2024

Art and Culture


Algeria recently inaugurated the “Africa’s biggest mosque” and the third-biggest mosque in the world, following over a decade of construction and preparation. The Great Mosque of Algiers is situated in the capital, with a minaret towering 265 meters (869 feet) high and a large prayer room. The entire facility could host over 120,000 worshippers. This follows the largest two mosques -holy mosque ‘Masjid al-Haram’ in Mecca and the prophet’s mosque ‘Al-Masjid an-Nabawi’ in Medina, both located in Saudi Arabia.Read More

International Gita Mahotsav

International Gita Mahotsav will be held in Colombo. The purpose of the event is to popularise the timeless teachings of the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. The three day International Gita Mahotsav will commence from 1st of March. The festival will be held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre premises with the financial sponsorship of Haryana’s Kurukshetra Development Board. Thousands of delegates from across the world are expected to attend the event. The festival will feature Gita yagna, Gita chanting, shobha yatra, seminar on several topics of contemporary interest and several competitions.Read More

The historic Qutub Shahi tombs in Hyderabad now has a digital twin. Hexagon, a reality technology solutions company, has used drone scanners to capture over 10.7 billion data points, representing the 10,000- square metre area. ABOUT DIGITAL TWIN A digital twin is a digital model of an object, system or a process that acts the same as its real world counterpart. It helps companies and organisations to understand a physical object or a process well. It helps in testing a solution or a design in simulation using the digital twin, helping the developers save time and energy. ABOUT QUTB SHAHI....Read More

Hastsal Minar

The Hastsal Minar a medieval tower is located in the Hastsal village in West Delhi’s Uttam Nagar. In 2018, the minar was accorded a Grade A status that is given to buildings of regional or local importance possessing special architectural or aesthetic merit, or cultural or historical significance. It is also called Mini Qutab Minar. Locals call it Hastsal Ki Laat and Kaushal Minar. The construction of the minar (or tower) was finished in 1634 during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The minar is 17 metres (five storeys) tall, standing on a square platform and with an octagonal....Read More

Hori Habba

A 19-year-old youth died after being hit by a bull during a bull race at Kalmane in Shikaripur taluk of Karnataka. The race was organised as part of Hori Habba. ABOUT HORI HABBA It is also known as Hatti Habba. It is held during the harvest season. It is an ancient folk game and played on the lines of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and Kambala in Dakshina Kannada district. In Hori Habba competitions, held mostly in rural parts, trained and decorated draught cattle and bulls are forced into running through huge cheering crowds. Copra, cash and gifts are tied to....Read More

Satguru Ram Singh

MoS released a commemorative coin of Rs 200/- and a currency coin of Rs 10/- on the occasion of bicentennial birth anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji. SATGURU RAM SINGH JI : Namdhari Guru Ram Singh (3 February 1816 – 1885) was the second guru (religious leader) of the Namdhari sect of Sikhism. He was a great philanthropist, a thinker, seer and a great social reformer. Satguru was the first to use Non- cooperation and swadeshi as a tool to liberate the country from the yokes of British rulers. He preached and practiced among the people to be Indian,....Read More

Aadi Mahotsav 2024

President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the Aadi Mahotsav 2024 on 10TH February at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. It is an annual National Tribal Festival. The event, organized by TRIFED under the aegis of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, will showcase the rich diversity of India’s tribal heritage till the 18th of February. The festival will feature over 300 stalls, offering a varied display of Tribal art, handicrafts, natural produce, and delectable tribal cuisine. About 1000 artisans from across the country will also participate and showcase their performances. A separate Food Court showcasing Tribal cuisines from different parts....Read More

Kokborok language

In the face of severe protests from different student organizations, civil societies and political parties, the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) has allowed both Roman and Bengali scripts as the script of choice for writing answer scripts of Kokborok paper in the board examinations. ABOUT KOKBOROK LANGUAGE Kokborok is the lingua franca of most of Tripura’s 19 tribal communities. It is an oral language like most indigenous languages of the region. Kokborok was first recognised as an official state language of Tripura in 1979. It belongs to Tibeto-Burman family. Tripura’s primary Opposition TIPRA Motha party has been demanding the....Read More

Bharat Rang Mahotsav

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM 2024), recognized as the world's largest theatre festival, was inaugurated at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai recently. The Bharat Rang Mahotsav is a 21-day cultural event featuring over 150 plays, workshops, and discussions. The festival will be held in 15 cities across India, showcasing the country's vibrant performing arts and culture. This edition holds special significance as it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, bringing together theatre enthusiasts, artists, and scholars in a testament to cultural richness and artistic exchange. The festival's overarching theme, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Vande Bharangam,'....Read More

Bharat Rang Mahotsav

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM 2024), recognized as the world's largest theatre festival, was inaugurated at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai recently. The Bharat Rang Mahotsav is a 21-day cultural event featuring over 150 plays, workshops, and discussions. The festival will be held in 15 cities across India, showcasing the country's vibrant performing arts and culture. This edition holds special significance as it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, bringing together theatre enthusiasts, artists, and scholars in a testament to cultural richness and artistic exchange. The festival's overarching theme, 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Vande Bharangam,'....Read More

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