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4th edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale inaugurated

Fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris biennale was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister at Parade Ground in Fort Kochi, Kerala. The Biennale was curated by Anita Dube and become the first Biennale in world in which participation of women accounts for half of the participating artists. The 108-day long event will showcase 94 artists in 10 venues of the city. The Theme of the Biennale is – “Possibilities for a Non- Alienated Life”.

Kochi Muziris Biennale

It is the largest contemporary art exhibition of India held in Kochi, Kerala. The event is the combined effort of Kochi Biennale Foundation and government of India. The aim of the initiative is to bring artist from around the globe and promote contemporary art. Contemporary artists Bose Krisnamachari and Riyaz Komu proposed the state government the idea of Biennale on the lines of Venice Biennale. First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began in December 2012.

Kochi Biennale Foundation

It is a non-profit charitable trust founded in 2010 for promoting art and culture educational activities in India. It is the primary organization to host Kochi-Muziris Biennale. It also works towards the conservation of heritage properties and upliftment of tradition art.

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EU opens India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in New Delhi

European Union (EU) has established India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in New Delhi. It comes with grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.

Key Facts

This is for fifth time MAHE has been awarded grants under Erasmus+Jean Monnet initiative. Previous grants have been used for chair, modules and project. Under the present award, Jean Monnet CoE in India-EU Interdisciplinary Studies aims to strengthen and enhance the educational connect between India and EU. It will host open-to-public workshops on European literature, winter schools for students around the world and India-EU Higher Education Meet.

Jean Monnet

He was French political economist and diplomat. He was influential supporter of European unity and is considered as one of founding fathers of European Union. He also has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union. He was never elected to public office.

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