Art & Culture Current Affairs - 2020

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After English and Mandarin, Hindi-the third most spoken language in the world

With 615 million speakers all over the world, Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world. English is at the top with 1,132 million speakers followed by Mandarin with 1,117 million speakers.

Highlights

On February 18, 2020, the Ethnologue published its yearly database on living languages of the world. It covered more than 7,111 living languages. It also published data on languages that were gone out of usage in the recent history and that included around 348 languages.

It also said that Bangla is the 7th most spoken language in the world with 228 million native speakers.

Ethnologue

The Ethnologue is an annual publication that provides statistics of the living languages of the world. It is published by SIL International since 1951. The publication released this year in 2020 is its 22nd release.

The SIL International is a non-profit organization that documents languages. It is mainly into promotion of literacy and translation of Christian Bible. It was founded in 1933 with the aim of translating bible.

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Kala Kumbh: Exhibition to promote GI crafts and Heritage of India held in New Delhi

On February 18, 2020, the Ministry of Textiles organized “Kala Kumbh”. It is an exhibition to promote GI (Geographical Indication) crafts and heritage of India. These exhibitions are sponsored by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.

Highlights

The exhibition has been planned in several cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The exhibition is being held exclusively for GI tag handicrafts. The GI tag is used on handicrafts that correspond to specific geographical location. As of August 2019, around 178 handicrafts have been provided with GI tag all over India.

The exhibition will include GI crafts such as Thrissur screw pine, Molakalmur hand block printing, Kolhapur chappal, Dharwad Kasauti Embroidery, Anathapur leather puppet, etc. These are all GI tagged handicrafts.

Export Promotion Council

The Export Promotion Council are authorities that assist in promoting and supporting their products in international market. They are non-profit groups. Every council is responsible for a particular group of products.

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