UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NewsOnAir  Context: The Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana have been added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register, celebrating India’s rich literary heritage and cultural legacy.     About UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register: Launched in 1992. It consists of three Registers namely, International, Regional and …

Raja Ravi Varma

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: On the occasion of Raja Ravi Varma’s 176th birth anniversary celebrations, the first true copy of his painting “Indulekha” was unveiled at Kilimanoor Palace, Kerala – where the artist was born. The oil painting portrays Indulekha holding a letter addressed to her lover, Madhavan, dated 1892, …

Impact of GI-certified products

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: NABARD has initiated a study to evaluate the impact of Geographical Indication (GI) products. This study aims to assess the benefits received by artisans and producers due to GI tags.  

Kuchipudi

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Kuchipudi, a traditional dance-drama performance, has evolved from being male-dominated to a classical dance form with the prominence of female dancers across India. However, in the village of Kuchipudi in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, the art form faces challenges, including a lack of interest among the younger …

Mohiniyattam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald  Context: The Kerala Kalamandalam, a prestigious cultural institution, has announced a significant policy change allowing male dancers to learn Mohiniyattam, a classical dance form previously reserved exclusively for women.

Archaeological Survey of India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to delist 18 centrally protected monuments due to their assessed lack of national importance. This is the first large-scale delisting exercise in decades, reducing ASI’s purview from 3,693 to 3,675 monuments. These monuments, including landmarks like the medieval highway …

Gulaal Gota

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context: The Jaipur tradition of “Gulaal Gota” involves small lac balls filled with dry Gulaal (coloured powder) thrown during Holi celebrations.   About Gulaal Gota: These balls are made by Muslim artisans known as Manihaars in Jaipur, with lac sourced from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The tradition dates back around …

Gorsam Kora Festival

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: India Today   Context: The Gorsam Kora Festival, held annually in Arunachal Pradesh’s Zemithang valley, concluded, celebrating the shared Himalayan Buddhist cultural heritage and the enduring friendship between India and Bhutan. Located along the Nyanmjang Chu River, Zemithang is historically significant as the refuge where the 14th Dalai Lama sought …

Badami Chalukya temples

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Two Badami Chalukya temples, estimated to be 1,300-1,500 years old, along with a 1,200-year-old label inscription, were recently discovered in Mudimanikyam village on the banks of the Krishna River. The Badami Chalukyas, established by Pulakesi I in 550 AD, ruled from Badami (Vatapi) in Karnataka. They were …

Makha Bucha

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB Context: On Makha Bucha, nearly 100,000 devotees in Bangkok paid homage to the Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha and his two disciples, Arahata Sariputra and Arahata Maudgalyayana. These relics were brought from India. The four Holy Piparahwa Relics were enshrined at the specially built Pagoda in the Sanam …

Jnanpith Award

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ANI News  Context: Renowned poet and lyricist Gulzar, along with Sanskrit scholar Swami Rambhadracharya, has been honoured with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. The award recognizes their exceptional contributions to literature. Gulzar is celebrated for his impactful poetry and timeless lyrics in Bollywood, while Swami Rambhadracharya is acknowledged for his …

Paruveta Utsavam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Efforts are underway to secure UNESCO recognition for the annual ‘Paruveta’ (mock hunting festival) held at the Sri Narasimha Swamy temple in Ahobilam as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as Narasimha, married a tribal girl named Chenchulakshmi, and the …

Kotravai sculpture

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TNIE     Context: A team of archaeologists discovered an eighth-century Kotravai sculpture near Ulundurpet, in Tamil Nadu dating back to the Pallava period. The sculpture, stands five feet tall and four feet wide, depicting Kotravai with eight hands, characteristic of the eighth century. The sculpture features various elements …

Hori Habba

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: During the annual Hori Habba bull races in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, two individuals lost their lives in separate incidents.

Bharat Ratna

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, will be awarded to former Prime Ministers P.V. Narasimha Rao and Choudhary Charan Singh, along with Green Revolution pioneer M.S. Swaminathan, making this year’s list the longest-ever announced in a single year. The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award, …