Buddhism heritage shared by India, Japan: Rijiju

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New Delhi: India and Japan share the important heritage of Buddhism, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.

Addressing a parliamentary delegation from Japan, Rijiju said that the intention of Japan Investment Promotion Partnership and Japan to invest $3.5 trillion in five years time in India has given a significant step to further the relationship between the two countries, according to an official release here.

He thanked the Japanese Overseas Development Agency for contributing in the economic and technological sectors in India and said that India and Japan are traditional and strategic friends.

The minister hoped that there will be lot of further cooperation from Japan in two important flagship programmes in India– ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’.

Rijiju said that without India and Japan as permanent members, the United Nations Security Council is not complete. With Japan being one of the oldest civilizations of the world and India the largest democracy in the world, both deserve to be the permanent members of the Security Council along with Germany and Brazil.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Crisis Affects Cultural Industry Negatively: UNESCO

People need culture more than ever: UNESCO

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As per the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the closure of heritage sites, museums, theatres and cinemas and other cultural institutions is jeopardizing funding for artists and creative industries. Pixabay

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The COVID-19 crisis is hitting the culture sector hard, says UNESCO, which has launched initiatives to support cultural industries and cultural heritage as billions of people around the world turn to culture for comfort and to overcome social isolation.

As per the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the closure of heritage sites, museums, theatres and cinemas and other cultural institutions is jeopardizing funding for artists and creative industries. It is also jeopardizing funding for the conservation of extraordinary places and the livelihoods of local communities and cultural professionals.

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COVID-19 has put many intangible cultural heritage practices, including rituals and ceremonies, on hold, impacting communities everywhere. It has also cost many jobs and across the globe, artists, most of whom rely on ancillary activities to supplement income from their art, are now unable to make ends meet.

“The global nature of the COVID-19 crisis is a call for the international community to reinvest in international cooperation and intergovernmental dialogue. UNESCO is committed to leading a global discussion on how best to support artists and cultural institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and ensure everyone can stay in touch with the heritage and culture that connects them to their humanity,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.

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The COVID-19 crisis is hitting the culture sector hard, says UNESCO. Pixabay

“Now, more than ever, people need culture. Culture makes us resilient. It gives us hope. It reminds us that we are not alone. That is why UNESCO is doing all it can to support culture, to safeguard our heritage and empower artists and creators, now and after this crisis has passed,” said Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Culture.

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This week, UNESCO has launched a global social media campaign, #ShareOurHeritage to promote access to culture and education around cultural heritage during this time of mass confinement. It will also launch an online exhibition of dozens of heritage properties across the globe with technical support from Google Arts and Culture.

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The Organisation said that it will also make available information on the impact of, and responses to, COVID-19 on World Heritage sites, which are partly or fully closed to visitors in 89 percent of countries due to the pandemic.

On April 15, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean Michel Jarre, and the Organisation itself, will host the ResiliArt Debate online, bringing together artists and key industry actors to sound the alarm on COVID-19 impact on the livelihoods of artists and cultural professionals. (IANS)

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India’s Leading Designers Come Together for a Fashion Show

Fashion and heritage come together

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India's leading designers came together for a for a fashion extravaganza. Pixabay

Twenty of India’s leading designers came together for a fashion extravaganza at the Capitals Heritage garden- The Sunder nursery. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised the fashion presentation as a part of the Inherit Festival. The two day festival , featured almost a 100 exhibitors showcasing the best of Indian craft, design, fashion, lifestyle and heritage tourism.

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The fashion presentation by FDCI took place in the Sunder Nursery. Wikimedia Commons

Designers, showcased four colour categories (white/ivory, earthy, indigo and the sari) at the balmy afternoon with a handloom soiree. Participating designers included AM:PM, Amita Gupta Sustainable, Asha Gautam, Charu Parashar, DHI, Diksha Khanna, Divya Sheth, Elisha Wadhwani, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Ilk, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Pawan Sachdeva, Payal Jain, Rahul Mishra, Siddhartha Bansal, Suman Nathwani, SVA by Sonam & Paras, TAANI by Tanira Sethi and Urvashi Kaur. The grand finale of sorts was by the iconic duo, David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore of Abraham & Thakore.

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“We are delighted to collaborate with Inherit 2019 that brings to fore the beauty of hand woven wonders and contemporary musings through the visionary palette of our participating designers. FDCI’s show is a tribute to the meeting of several disciplines of design through the medium of arts and crafts that will be exhibited in the two-day festival,” said FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi. (IANS)

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Rajdhani Express To Display Odisha’s Art, Culture And Heritage

Odisha's art, culture and heritage will be on display on the exteriors of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express

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NALCO will sponsor high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping sheets to drape the Rajdhani trains. Wikimedia Commons

Odisha’s art, culture and heritage will be on display on the exteriors of New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) and National Aluminium Limited Company (NALCO) on Monday signed an agreement in this regard.

NALCO will sponsor high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping sheets to drape the Rajdhani trains. The ECoR has three sets of train rakes of Rajdhani Express.

The designs have been made such that each coach will have a distinct display. The designs will adorn the exteriors of the train, said an ECoR official.

The designs will promote three themes – dance forms, archaeological monuments and flora and fauna of the state.

“This will go a long way in promoting tourism potential of Odisha and promote traditional Odishan art,” said Ajoy Behera, ECoR principal chief commercial manager.

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The designs will promote three themes – dance forms, archaeological monuments and flora and fauna of the state. Wikimedia Commons

These designs will be placed between the glass windows of the coach on exterior side. There will be two more strips, one at the top and the other at the bottom, reflecting various designs in traditional Pattachitra form.

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Nalco’s designs and logos will also feature on the coaches. Reputed designers and agencies have been engaged in the exercise. (IANS)