Art and Culture Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Government will set up first-of-its-kind institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Punjab to promote brotherhood and diversity. It is being established as part of year-long activities to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak. The institute will be set up on lines of teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji who preached qualities of brotherhood, diversity and the concept of unity in diversity. Government will engage experts and form committees to oversee and finalise concept of this institute.
Guru Nanak dev
He was Nirguna Bhakti saint and social reformer. He was born at Rai Bhoi Ki Talvandi near Lahore in April 15, 1469 AD. He was first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhism. The verses composed by him were collected in Adi Granth, written in Gurmukhi script.
The 14th edition of JashneBachpan, a theatre festival for children was held at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium in New Delhi. It was organised by National School of Drama’s (NSD) Theatre in Education (TIE) Company.
The nine-day theatrical extravaganza for children saw performances of 21 productions from India and three foreign groups including Sri Lanka (non-verbal), Switzerland (English) and Indonesia (Javanese). Its main aim was to bring theatre into prominence as it has lost its sheen in modern era because of digital medium. It seek to make children aware of theatre as schools do not have theatre as subject.
The plays during the festival were divided into four categories – by children, by children and adults, by adults for children and puppetry performances. From India, total of 24 groups were selected out of 221 entries from various states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, and West Bengal among others.
The plays will be performed in vernacular languages like Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, and Malayalam besides non-verbal, English, Hindi and other foreign languages. Folk dances from Assam (Bihu), Sikkim (Lion Dance), Nagaland (Kabul Naga Dance) and Manipur (Stick Balance) were main attractions of the event.