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Zara, Anthropologie, Patowl accused of cultural appropriation by Mexico

Mexico's Ministry of Culture says Zara used a pattern distinctive to the indigenous Mixteca community, Anthropologie used a design developed by the indigenous Mixe community, while Patowl copied a pattern from the indigenous Zapoteco community without any benefit to them
Zara, Anthropologie, Patowl accused of cultural appropriation by Mexico(Twitter/Arcadeleer)
Zara, Anthropologie, Patowl accused of cultural appropriation by Mexico(Twitter/Arcadeleer)
Updated on May 31, 2021 02:03 PM IST
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Govt allows museums and art galleries to open from Nov 10, SOPs say use of touch-based digital tech to be limited

While it has made sanitization of premises at regular intervals and wearing of masks by all visitors mandatory, the standard operating procedures (SoPs) have also barred use of audio guides unless they can be disinfected after every use.
Centre has issued guidelines for the re-opening of museums.(HT File Photo)
Centre has issued guidelines for the re-opening of museums.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 05, 2020 05:32 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Cultural ministry issues SOPs for artistes to hold events online, claim benefits of govt schemes

The Ministry of Culture is implementing Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana (KSVY) through which cultural organisations are given financial assistance for the promotion of art and culture.
The Ministry of Culture (Performing Arts Bureau) implements many schemes under its Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana (KSVY), where grants are sanctioned/approved for holding programmes/activities which involved large audience.(HT Photo)
The Ministry of Culture (Performing Arts Bureau) implements many schemes under its Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana (KSVY), where grants are sanctioned/approved for holding programmes/activities which involved large audience.(HT Photo)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 07:31 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Covid-19: Guidelines out for cultural functions

A Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) is to be followed by the management of theatres and performance spaces, as well as the entertainment/creative agencies, artists and crew or any other persons who hire the auditoria or any other open/closed performance spaces.
The stage has to be thoroughly sanitised before and after each use. Sets and properties in theatrical productions are also to be kept to minimum with few changes, to avoid movement and crowding on stage.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT file photo. Representative image)
The stage has to be thoroughly sanitised before and after each use. Sets and properties in theatrical productions are also to be kept to minimum with few changes, to avoid movement and crowding on stage.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 07:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Tourists trickle back to village by China’s Great Wall as virus curbs relaxed

During holidays, some 100,000 visitors a day would traipse round the quaint stone-paved streets of Gubei Water Town, 110 kilometres (68 miles) northeast of Beijing. Its marketing manager reckoned on getting just a tenth of that number this year.
The mock Qing dynasty village nestled below the Great Wall would normally be teeming with tourists on Labour Day, but the thin crowds on Friday showed that while China’s coronavirus epidemic has subsided, people’s fears could take longer to fade.(Unsplash)
The mock Qing dynasty village nestled below the Great Wall would normally be teeming with tourists on Labour Day, but the thin crowds on Friday showed that while China’s coronavirus epidemic has subsided, people’s fears could take longer to fade.(Unsplash)
Updated on May 02, 2020 05:36 PM IST
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To remain viable, museums must reinvent themselves

During the extended lockdown, there have been few online attractions provided by museums for the public to visit. The crisis offers them an opportunity to provide more services digitally.
Hopefully, in a new avatar, museums will now keep audiences as a priority, manage its operations like a business, penetrate deeply into every home, and provide competition to cinemas and amusement parks physically, and to(AFP)
Hopefully, in a new avatar, museums will now keep audiences as a priority, manage its operations like a business, penetrate deeply into every home, and provide competition to cinemas and amusement parks physically, and to(AFP)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 05:49 PM IST
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Union Budget 2020-21: Govt proposes to set up Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation

According to Budget documents, Rs 109 crore has been earmarked for setting up the museums and an additional Rs 180 crore for the development of the existing ones.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI file photo)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 09:34 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Major boost to tourism: Five new on-site museums, 2,500 cr funds

Nirmala Sitharaman also proposed the setting up of an Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation with the status of a deemed university under the Ministry of Culture.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech said five archaeological sites will be developed as “iconic sites” with museums.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech said five archaeological sites will be developed as “iconic sites” with museums.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 06:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya

Punjab and Haryana HC gives chief architect 4 weeks to draw up parking plan

The multi-level underground parking lot is to come up opposite the HC; the current parking space only has a capacity for 800 cars
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Updated on Dec 21, 2019 01:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

CBI files case against artist Leela Samson, 4 others for alleged corruption

The case was registered on a complaint filed by the chief vigilance officer of the ministry of culture in May 2017 in which it was alleged that there was an “unfruitful expenditure” of Rs 7.02 crore on the renovation.
Leela Samson served as the 12th chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, appointed by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in August 2010.(HT File Photo)
Leela Samson served as the 12th chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, appointed by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in August 2010.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 01:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan and Amrita Madhukalya

Over 3 crore pages digitised by National Mission for manuscripts

These pages are now part of the Digital Manuscripts Library of India, a searchable collection set up to allow for easy access to manuscripts, predominantly in Indian languages.
Under the National Mission, manuscripts of science, arts, culture, music, traditional medicine, vedas, tantras and other disciplines will be easily accessible to everyone.(Getty Images/iStockphoto / Representational Photo)
Under the National Mission, manuscripts of science, arts, culture, music, traditional medicine, vedas, tantras and other disciplines will be easily accessible to everyone.(Getty Images/iStockphoto / Representational Photo)
Published on Sep 24, 2019 08:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Showcase your antique artefact, get a government tag for sale

The government is proposing to invite people to showcase their artefacts at exhibitions and sell them to prospective buyers.
Coins, sculptures, manuscripts, epigraphs, other works of art of craftsmanship, objects or things illustrative of science, art, crafts, literature, religion, customs, morals or politics in bygone ages, are also declared as antiquities under the Act.(Unsplash)
Coins, sculptures, manuscripts, epigraphs, other works of art of craftsmanship, objects or things illustrative of science, art, crafts, literature, religion, customs, morals or politics in bygone ages, are also declared as antiquities under the Act.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 02:16 PM IST
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HRD, culture ministries should be merged, suggests RSS body

In a 19-point wish-list, conveyed to the Union government through an information interaction, BSM has said that since there are about 150 institutes under the ministry of culture that also provide education in the field of art, it makes eminent sense for the two ministries to be clubbed.
A senior official in the HRD ministry said the ministry is yet to formally receive the proposal from the RSS offshoot. (Photo @HRDMinistry)
A senior official in the HRD ministry said the ministry is yet to formally receive the proposal from the RSS offshoot. (Photo @HRDMinistry)
Updated on Jul 23, 2019 05:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Maharashtra government gives 30-year lease extension for National Gallery of Modern Art plot

The state government owns the plot — admeasuring 14,896 sq m — and the structure on top of it. In 1984, it was given to the NGMA, run by the ministry of culture, on a lease period of 30 years at the nominal lease rent of Rs 1 per annum.
Artist Prabhakar Pachpute at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Fort, Mumbai in April 2016.(Aalok Soni/HT Fille Photo)
Artist Prabhakar Pachpute at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Fort, Mumbai in April 2016.(Aalok Soni/HT Fille Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 08:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent

China warns citizens against US travel, citing ‘frequent’ shootings

The country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism cited recent “frequent” shootings, robbery and theft in America as the reason for its alert, according to the official Xinhua News Agency on Monday.
The travel warning was spurred by difficulties Chinese nationals are encountering while in the U.S., Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing.(Reuters FILE)
The travel warning was spurred by difficulties Chinese nationals are encountering while in the U.S., Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing.(Reuters FILE)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 02:42 PM IST
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Prahlad Patel, former student leader of the youth wing of the BJP, joins PM Modi’s cabinet again

Prahlad Patel began his political career as a student leader and held several posts with the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP.
Prahlad Patel began his political career as a student leader and held several posts with the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP(HT File Photo)
Prahlad Patel began his political career as a student leader and held several posts with the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2019 05:39 PM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

National Museum to have an extension at Red Fort

According to official sources, sculptures from the reserve collection of the National Museum will be shifted to three buildings at Red Fort.
National Museum to have an extension at Red Fort. (Photo: Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)
National Museum to have an extension at Red Fort. (Photo: Gokul VS/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 10:30 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Vanita Srivastava

Amol Palekar speech interrupted for government criticism, opposition says ‘achhe din’

At the opening of an exhibition in the memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe on Friday evening, Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some NGMA members.
At the opening of an exhibition in the memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe on Friday evening, Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some NGMA members.(HT File Photo)
At the opening of an exhibition in the memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe on Friday evening, Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some NGMA members.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2019 06:02 PM IST
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Mumbai | By Press Trust of India

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar repeatedly interrupted during speech in Mumbai for criticising govt

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some members of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai on Friday evening. Palekar was speaking at the opening of an exhibition “Inside The Empty Box” in the memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe.
A video available on social media showed Amol Palekar criticising the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery’s Mumbai and Bengaluru centres.(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)
A video available on social media showed Amol Palekar criticising the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery’s Mumbai and Bengaluru centres.(Pratham Gokhale/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2019 02:33 PM IST
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Mumbai | By Press Trust of India

Rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi’s last journey now available online

An 8.16-minute long 16-mm film shot on February 12, 1948, which captures perhaps the earliest known immersion of the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, is now available as a digitised-colour film at the website of the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives.
Many urns were filled with Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes and sent all over India.(Getty Images/File Picture)
Many urns were filled with Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes and sent all over India.(Getty Images/File Picture)
Updated on Jan 30, 2019 10:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vanita Srivastava

Sahitya Akademi books to go online for wider reach, sell in 24 languages

This will be for the first time in its 65 years of history, that Sahitya Akademi—India’s premier literary institution working with the Ministry of Culture— will be selling books published by it in 24 Indian languages online.
A Sahitya Akademi title.(HT File)
A Sahitya Akademi title.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 03:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vanita Srivastava

First in UP: Sibtainabad Imambada to have its own heritage by-laws

Sibtainabad Imambada, the mausoleum of King Amjad Ali Shah which was built in the year 1847 in Hazratganj area of the city, is set to become the state’s first heritage structure to have its own heritage by-laws that aims at giving a complete transformation to the site and its surrounding areas, thus making it an ideal place for the tourists.
National Monuments Authority, ministry of culture, shortlisted the heritage site after finding it one of the most feasible sites that could undergo transformation and also directed the competent authority, in consultation with Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage to prepare the heritage bylaws.
National Monuments Authority, ministry of culture, shortlisted the heritage site after finding it one of the most feasible sites that could undergo transformation and also directed the competent authority, in consultation with Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage to prepare the heritage bylaws.
Published on Oct 31, 2018 02:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Oliver Fredrick, Lucknow

International Gandhi Peace Prize not awarded since 2014

The Ministry of Culture said nominations were made during the last four years for the coveted award, but an approval has been awaited.
Students and volunteers wear masks of Mahatma Gandhi during a march to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in Kolkata on October 2.(AFP)
Students and volunteers wear masks of Mahatma Gandhi during a march to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in Kolkata on October 2.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2018 09:15 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Paris wants UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafe terraces

Parisians are set to submit an application asking for Paris’ bistros and cafe terraces to be put on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.
A cafe terrace in Paris.(Shutterstock)
A cafe terrace in Paris.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 08, 2018 11:22 AM IST
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Agence France-Presse | By HT Correspondent

Don’t serve non-veg food on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, proposes Indian Railways

The Railway Board has proposed that no non-vegetarian food will be served to passengers on railway premises on October 2 in 2018, 2019 and 2020 on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
The national transporter will also issue tickets with watermark of Mahatma Gandhi’s image.(PTI File Photo)
The national transporter will also issue tickets with watermark of Mahatma Gandhi’s image.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2018 06:37 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India

Why the Supreme Court is angry with the ASI

Over the years, several steps have been taken to clean up the Taj Mahal. But nothing seems to be working. Is it time to call foreign experts?
While it is easy to fault the ASI, a big part of the blame must go to the ministry of culture, which oversees it. Along with the ASI,it must also answer for failing in its duty to maintain the heritage sites better.(PTI)
While it is easy to fault the ASI, a big part of the blame must go to the ministry of culture, which oversees it. Along with the ASI,it must also answer for failing in its duty to maintain the heritage sites better.(PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2018 12:18 PM IST
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Months before Dalmia deal, govt had rejected Red Fort’s upkeep by another corporate

Opposition parties are protesting against the MoU the government has signed with Dalmia Bharat, a private company, to maintain the historic monument for five years.
Dalmia Bharat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of culture for the upkeep of Red Fort .(Virendra Singh Gosain /HT Archive)
Dalmia Bharat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of culture for the upkeep of Red Fort .(Virendra Singh Gosain /HT Archive)
Updated on May 02, 2018 09:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji

Jumbo threat to VIPs: No elephants in Red Fort play for audience safety

Titled, Raja Shiv Chatrapati, the play, originally in Marathi, has been staged several hundred times since it was first staged in 1985, and its appeal includes the use of elaborate sets and props including live camels, horses, even an elephant.
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 07:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma

8th Theatre Olympics: 25,000 artists, 450 shows, 250 youth forum shows, and more!

The ongoing 8th Theatre Olympics is all about bringing together the best of national and international theatrical talent for audiences from over 15 cities.
A still from the play Kasai Bada.
A still from the play Kasai Bada.
Updated on Mar 22, 2018 07:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Nikita Saxena, New Delhi
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