Art Exhibition Current Affairs - 2020

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.

First digital exhibition on Indian Heritage inaugurated

On January 15, 2020, the State of Culture and Tourism minister launched a month long exhibition on Indian Heritage in New Delhi. The exhibition was launched in digital space and will stay online till February 15, 2020.

Highlights

This exhibition is first of its kind in the country. The visitors of the exhibition will find architectural and conjectural reconstructions, recreations of socio-cultural traditions and life of Hampi and also many more murals. Through this, the exhibition will take heritage to wider population. It has overcome the barrier that heritage was restricted only to research. When the reach of significance of heritage increases, accountability of citizens increases. This will help to protect age old structures and monuments in a better way.

Indian Heritage in Digital Space (IHDS)

The technologies used to create the models of Heritages were developed by the IHDS programme. IHDS is an initiative of Department of Science and Technology, that aims to create 3D LASER scan data, holographic projections, AR and 3D fabrication to showcase glory of heritages. It has so far created reconstruction of Hampi and other five Indian monuments namely Taj Mahal, Sun Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ramachandra Temple and RaniKiVav Patan.

The exhibition also consists of special installation called “VIRAASAT”. Viraasat in Hindi means heritage. It provides mixed reality experience to visitors through 3D printing.