Art & Culture Current Affairs 2017

Amaravathi named as new capital of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh government has approved Amaravathi as name of the new capital city of the state coming up in the Vijayawada-Guntur region.

The name Amaravathi was chosen in view of the historical and spiritual significance as it was ancient seat of Satavahana ruler’s kingdom.

Decision in this regard was taken by Andhra Pradesh Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Apart from this, cabinet also approved the first phase of the master plan prepared by Singapore government.

Facts about ancient Amaravathi city

  • Amaravathi is located on the banks of river Krishna. It was the capital seat of Satvahana rulers for 400 years who ruled 2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE.
  • The city derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village. It is also known as ‘Dakshina Kashi’ (Kashi of the south).
  • It also has Buddhist significance. It is believed that Lord Buddha had visited the city. It is also believed that King Ashoka and famed Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang have visited the city.

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Artist Bharti Kher awarded with France’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

Indian contemporary artist Bharti Kher was awarded with France’s highest cultural award Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

She was bestowed the prestigious honour for her contribution to contemporary art landscape by French ambassador to India Francois Richier in New Delhi.

Bharti Kher’s artworks span several mediums like painting, sculpture and installation. She is renowned for her remarkable experimentation with bindis which is recognised as her signature style.

Her 14-feet- high sculptural ‘An Absence Of Assignable Cause’ is among the finest works from the experiment which interprets heart of the blue sperm whale.

During her career she had done numerous solo exhibitions of her artworks around the world.

About Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

  • It is French governments highest cultural award and in French also known as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
  • The award is bestowed on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world.

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