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Artist Dinanath Bhargava who sketched National Emblem ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’ dies at 89 in Madhya Pradesh

Bhargava had been suffering from cardiac ailments since the past ten years

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Lion Capital of Ashoka. Pixabay

Bhopal, December 25, 2016: A co-artist in the team that decorated the pages of the Constitution’s manuscript and sketched the national emblem ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’, breathed his last at the age of 89 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

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Reportedly, Dinanath Bhargava had been suffering from cardiac ailments since the past ten years, mentioned PTI.

Sapekshi Bhargava, his daughter-in-law gave a statement to PTI that he passed away yesterday. She added, “He is survived by four children including two sons.”

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Bhargava, born on November 1, 1927 at Multai in the district of Betul in Madhya Pradesh and was selected by renowned painter Nandlal Bose, then the Principal of ‘Kala Bhavan Shanti Niketan’, in the team for designing the pages of the manuscript of the Indian Constitution.

At that time, Bhargava was pursuing a 3 year Diploma course in Fine Arts at Shanti Niketan.

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The Government of India adapted the national emblem of India on 26th January of the year 1950.

– prepared by Antara Kumar with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Sell Your Artefacts In Exhibitions Organized By Ministry of Culture

Own an artefact? Get a government tag and sell

Antiquities would be showcased at exhibitions with the help of Ministry of Culture. Pixabay

In a unique initiative to prevent antiques like sculptures, manuscripts, vessels and paintings that are a century old from landing up with the ‘kabadi wala’, the government is proposing to invite people to showcase their artefacts at exhibitions and sell them to prospective buyers.

According to sources, the Ministry of Culture will invite people to bring their artefacts to the government centres, after which the authenticity of the pieces will be established.

Once they are proven to be more than a century old, the antiquities would be showcased at exhibitions. These pieces would be given a tag, to establish that they are real antique pieces, after which interested buyers could purchase such items.

The process will not only help to identify the antiquities in the possession of people but also help the owners get them certified by the government, the sources said.

Artefact exhibition to be organized by the government of India. IANS
Artefact exhibition to be organized by the government of India. IANS

“Once assessed for their authenticity, these items can then be sold to prospective buyers,” the sources added. Sale of antique items is currently prohibited under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, and can invite a fine up to Rs 5,000.

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As per the Act, antiquity is referred to any article or object of historical interest that has been in existence for not less than one hundred years. 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.

The plan to preserve historically important objects is in the final stage and would go a long way in preserving the ancient culture. Officials believe that a large number of century-old antique objects are subjected to destruction due to carelessness. (IANS)