Art Current Affairs - 2020

Cha-Chai Art Work inaugurated at National Museum by Portuguese president

The Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is on a four-day visit to India. On February 14, 2020, he along with the Minister of Tourism, India Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated a Cha-Chai art-work installation at the National Museum.

What is Cha-Chai Art Work?

The 5pm tea is a family tradition of the Portuguese. According to their family culture, it strengthens family bonding. The Cha-Chai art work inaugurated was a teapot art work. It symbolically depicts people to people relations between the countries.

The Cha-Chai art work inaugurated was made of iron railings. It depicted the bridge between rural and urban landscape. The aroma of tea in the art work depicted the journey from physical to surreal world.

The President is to visit Goa for two days to sign water management and sewerage management agreements.

Portuguese in Goa

The Portuguese had ruled Goa for more than 450 years. They arrived in India in the 14th century. Today there are more than 10,000 to 12,000 Portuguese speakers in the state.

The Indian Army invaded Goa, Daman and Diu in 1961. This brought an end to the Portugal rule in India.

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik-The first Indian to win Italian Golden Sand Art Award

Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes the first Indian to win the Italian Golden Sand Art Award, 2019. He was felicitated at the International Scorrna Sand Nativity Fete in Italy.

Highlights

Mr Pattnaik created a 10-foot-high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi along with Russian artist Pavel Minilkov. Around 8 sculptors from different countries participated in the event.

Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in 1977 in Puri District of Odisha. He was born in a poor family. The Coastal sea paved way for him to become a sand artist though he wanted to contribute in shaping the field of education.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 60 international sand art festivals. He has so far won 27 championship prizes. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2014.

Prizes and Awards

  • He won the People’s Choice Prize in Bulgaria in 2016
  • In 2013, he won the International Sand Sculpture Competition in Russia
  • He also won the International Sand Competition Competition, Denmark
  • In 2008, he won the World Champion Title at USF World Sand Sculpture Championship. Berlin.
  • He has created records of winning the People’s Choice Award, Germany 5 times.