Jaipur Welcomes New Museum Spotlighting 2,000-Year-Old Minakari Enamelling Art

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:55pm on 27 Mar 2024,Wednesday Art & Culture

Jaipur's cultural landscape expands with the inauguration of The Museum of Meenakari Heritage, showcasing ancient minakari enamelling techniques. Founded by jeweller Sunita Shekhawat and curated by scholar Dr. Usha Balakrishnan, the museum celebrates India's rich artistic legacy. Visitors are treated to intricate designs and historical insights, tracing minakari's journey from ancient origins to modern interpretations. Despite concerns over reproductions, the museum offers immersive experiences, including demonstrations of artisanal techniques. With support from renowned designers and cultural icons, the museum promises to be a must-visit destination for jewellery enthusiasts and art lovers alike.

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Holi Getaways: Travel Buzz Peaks as Domestic and International Destinations Gear Up

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 09:36am on 20 Mar 2024,Wednesday Art & Culture

Holi, the colorful Hindu festival, is eagerly awaited across India, falling on March 25 this year, with Holika Dahan on March 24. The upcoming long weekend, with March 23 and 24 as weekends, is perfect for getaways. Top domestic destinations like Delhi, Bengaluru, and Goa are in high demand, along with international favorites such as Dubai and Singapore. ixigo reports a 30% increase in domestic airfares and a 46% rise in flight searches for Holi travel this year, indicating growing travel interest. Travelers are already making plans for their escapes, promising a busy holiday season ahead.

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Gujarat's Garba Dance Secures UNESCO Recognition as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:14pm on 06 Dec 2023,Wednesday Art & Culture

Gujarat's renowned Garba dance has been officially recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The decision was made during the 18th session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage. Described as a "ritualistic and devotional dance" linked to the Hindu festival of Navaratri, Garba holds significance in fostering social bonds, transcending socio-economic and religious structures. The inclusion of Garba, along with 13 other elements from India, celebrates the cultural diversity of the nation. The development is expected to boost tourism in Gujarat and is hailed as a proud moment for India's ancient traditions.

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Looking Back to at Diwali Celebrations at Trafalgar Square, London

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:29pm on 10 Nov 2023,Friday Art & Culture

Hundreds gathered in Trafalgar Square on Sunday for London's Diwali festival. The celebrations, featuring performances from Hindu, Sikh, and Jain communities, were hailed by mayor Sadiq Khan as the biggest outside India. Visitors browsed market stalls and enjoyed vegan and vegetarian food. Brands like TRS, Badshah, and Remitly set up activities, with some creating experiences transporting people to India's streets. Overall, the festival of lights showcased London's diverse communities and offered a taste of Indian culture through food, performance, and activities.

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UK PM Rishi Sunak and First Lady Akshata Murty Celebrate Diwali at 10 Downing Street

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:01pm on 09 Nov 2023,Thursday Art & Culture

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak welcomed members of the Hindu community to Downing Street on Monday ahead of Diwali. Photos shared by the PM's office showed Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty lighting diyas surrounded by guests. The event celebrated the triumph of light over darkness before Diwali on November 12. Sunak also spoke to Indian PM Narendra Modi, congratulating India's cricket performance and hoping for better luck for England in January tests. The leaders discussed progress on the UK-India free trade agreement negotiations.

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Historic Inaugural Ram Leela Event in London Celebrates Indian Culture

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:35am on 02 Nov 2023,Thursday Art & Culture

The first ever Ram Leela event was held in London on October 30, 2023, marking a historic celebration of Indian culture. Organized by the community group Sutton Friends, the event at Thomas Wall Theatre attracted distinguished guests including the likes of Paul Scully, the IT Minister of the United Kingdom, and Elliot Colburn, the Member of Parliament representing Carshalton, UK. Adding to the grandeur of the occasion were notable figures such as Colin Stears, Mayor of Sutton, Sanjay Singh from the Indian High Commission, Sunil Chopra, Former Mayor of Southwark, and Ravi Sharma of RJ Lyca gold. The event was further graced by encouraging messages from Ram Vilas Sharma, the former Education Minister of Haryana.With over 35 artists, 130 volunteers and viewership across London and India, the LED-wall production was an unforgettable showcase of heritage. Although in-person attendance was limited this year, Sutton Friends have expressed plans to expand the event in 2024 with backing from officials, allowing more people to enjoy the cultural spectacle.

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London's Diwali on the Square Returns to Trafalgar Square on October 29

Brief by Short91 Newsdesk / 11:22am on 28 Oct 2023,Saturday Art & Culture

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the annual Diwali on the Square celebration will take place at Trafalgar Square on October 29. The free public event from 1-7pm will feature dances, music, activities, and food that capture the festival's spirit. Attendees can enjoy performances by London's Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities, yoga workshops, puppet shows, and more. Mayor Khan hailed the event as embodying Diwali's symbolic victory of light over darkness. The family-friendly festivities aim to showcase London's diversity. Organizers anticipate the landmark Diwali celebrations will draw Londoners and visitors of all backgrounds. [Image Courtesy: Greater London Authority]

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Diwali Returns to Illuminate Times Square in NYC with Celebration of Diversity

Brief by Short91 Newsdesk / 11:14am on 28 Oct 2023,Saturday Art & Culture

On October 28, 2023, Times Square in New York City will come alive with the annual Diwali festival, sponsored by Gopi Dairy and presented by KIA. Since 2013, this event has been a cherished tradition, showcasing the diverse elements of Indian culture. The festivities will feature performances from various communities, including South Asian, Indo-Caribbean, Dominican Folk Dance, and Afro-Latino groups, reflecting the vibrant cultural mosaic of New York City. Special dance performances by schoolchildren will emphasize the importance of cultural education, promoting peace and harmony. Gopi Dairy's CEO, Rostom Baghdassarian, expressed pride in supporting this festival of light and joy. [ Representative Image]

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US Ambassador Eric Garcetti Immerses in Durga Puja Festivities, Performs Traditional Dhunuchi Naach in Delhi

Brief by Short91 Newsdesk / 08:54am on 22 Oct 2023,Sunday Art & Culture

US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, embraced the spirit of Durga Puja by pandal hopping in Delhi's Chittaranjan Park. During his visit, Garcetti participated in rituals, savored Bengali delicacies, and performed the traditional Dhunuchi Naach, a highlight of the Puja celebrations. He shared his delightful experience on social media, expressing admiration for India's cultural diversity. Garcetti's active participation in the festivities, including dancing and interacting with attendees, earned him praise and warm reception from social media users, highlighting the significance of cultural exchange and acceptance.

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Maharashtra Mandal London Celebrates Return of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's historic 'Wagh Nakh'

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:53pm on 04 Oct 2023,Wednesday Art & Culture

A historic MoU signed in London will see Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s legendary ‘Wagh Nakh’ tiger claw weapon repatriated to India from the UK for 3 years. Vrushal Khandke, President of Maharashtra Mandal, expressed elation at the legendary weapon used by the revered king to kill Afzal Khan returning to Maharashtra, calling it a "proud day for Indians." The event was celebrated with traditional cultural performances. Maharashtra Minister Mungantiwar stated the Wagh Nakh would be publicly displayed to commemorate Shivaji Maharaj’s 350th coronation anniversary, underscoring its significance as a 'symbol of faith.' The Maharashtra Mandal in London appreciated the efforts to bring back the relic to Shivaji’s homeland.

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