Art & Culture Current Affairs

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Lalit Kala Akademi celebrates 65th Foundation Day

Lalit Kala Akademi celebrated its 65th Foundation Day on August 5th, 2019. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Culture & Tourism inaugurated the celebrations in New Delhi.

About Lalit Kala Akademi

It is also known as National Academy of Art. It is India’s national academy of fine arts established by Central Government for promoting and propagating understanding of Indian art, within and outside country.

It is an autonomous organisation funded by Union Ministry of Culture. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It was established on 5 August 1954.


(i) Promote and propagate understanding of Indian art, in and outside the country especially in the field of visual arts such as painting, sculpture and graphics etc.

(ii) Preserve glorious traditions of the past and enrich them with the works of the modern artist.

(iii) Promote cooperation among artists and art associations and development of such associations.

(iv) Encourage, where necessary, the establishment of Regional Art Centers.

(v) Publish and promote publication of literature on art including monographs, journals etc.

What is ‘Machail Mata Yatra’?  

After the suspension of annual Amarnath Yatra, ‘Machail Mata Yatra’ in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was suspended due to security reasons. Concerned authorities have asked people not to start yatra and those on way to leave and go back. Yatra started on 25 July and was scheduled to end on 5 September.

Machail Mata Yatra

Machail Mata is a Goddess Durga (also known by name Kaali or Chandi) shrine which is popularly known as Machail Mata. It is located in Machail village, from where it derives its name, in Kishtwar District of Jammu region.

Machail Mata Sthan as shrine is popularly known for its landscape of unblemished beauty with hills, glaciers and tributaries of Chenab River (also called Chadrabhaga).

Paddar valley, is famous for its world-famous sapphire mines.

43-day-long Pilgrimage happens in month of August only every year. During yatra thousands of devotees from across India pay obeisance at holy shrine of goddess Durga which includes a trek of 30-km arduous route.

Terrorism: Kishtwar was declared terrorism-free over a decade ago but it was rattled by killing of state secretary of BJP Anil Parihar and his brother on 1 November 2018, followed by assassination of senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard inside a health centre on 9 April 2019.