Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2020

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Four Colonial structures re-dedicated to Kolkata

PM Modi is on a two-day official visit to Kolkata on January 11 and 12, 2020. During his visit, the Prime Minister will dedicate three colonial buildings to the country.

Highlights

During the visit, the Prime Minister will dedicate Old Currency Building, Metcalfe House, Belvedere House and Victoria Memorial Hall. The buildings were renovated by Ministry of Culture. The ministry is also working on developing other iconic buildings and cultural spaces in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Varanasi.

Currency Building

The Currency Building was built in 1833. It was designed in Italian style with cast iron gates and Venetian windows. The RBI operated from the building till 1937 after which it was abandoned. The building was declared as a protected monument by the archaeological survey of India in 2002

Metacalfe Hall

The building was named after Lord Metacalfe. He was the Governor General of India between March 1835 and March 1836. It is famous for its 30 Corinthian pillars. It was built to honour his efforts towards free press. The building houses public library collection.

The Corinthian colums are slender and sleek structures of the Greek architecture. The column is fluted and are known for their decorative bell shapes and leaves.

Belvedere House

The Belvedere House was Mir Jafar’s palace. Later it housed several governors of Bengal and viceroys of India.

Culture Ministry launches a portal to showcase Indian culture

Union Minister of State (M/s) for Culture and Tourism (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel, launched the Indian Culture web portal, http://www.indian culture.gov.in, which brings together all the cultural resources of the country on one platform. The Indian Culture portal was envisioned by Union Ministry of Culture and was developed by a team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), over a course of three years.

This project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative to showcase information about the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India both at home and abroad. The larger aim of portal is to create awareness among the citizens about the diverse heritage of our country.

About Indian Culture Web Portal

It is the first government authorized portal where knowledge and cultural resources of various organizations of Ministry of Culture such as the National Archives of India, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti, Archaeological Survey of India and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, are now available in public domain on a single platform.

This portal is a digital resource of documents, artefacts, paintings and other items available in the archive. It hosts images, audio-video files and other data from archives, museums, academies and libraries across the nation. Information about more than 90 lakhs items are currently available on this portal.

One of the unique features of portal is the stories, based on original archival documents narrated in an interesting, easy to read and understand format. Portal also contains write-ups and beautiful pictures on festivals, folk art and classical art, cuisines, paintings, from different states of India, along with rich information about rare books, manuscripts and research papers on India’s cultural heritage.

Content on portal is available in both English and Hindi language in an interactive, user-friendly interface. The portal also will soon be available in other regional languages.