Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2020

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives becomes world’s first Trusted Digital Repository

The National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of Ministry of Culture was certified as world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard. The certification was granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA)

NCAA is implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Its primary objective is to identify and preserve cultural heritage of India available in audiovisual form through process of digitization and make it accessible to the people.

The digitization and metadata standards followed for NCAA are in parity with international standards within overall framework of OAIS (Open Archival Information System) model. They digitization standards are as per prescribed by International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and metadata schema is extended Dublin Core, followed by galleries, archives, libraries,  and museums worldwide.

At present, NCAA has total of 21 Partnering Institutions from across the country, covering 11 governmental and 10 non-governmental cultural organisations It has digitized over 23,000 hours of unpublished audiovisual recordings.

NCAA pilot digital repository was developed in collaboration with Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation by C-DAC, Pune. It was established with and powered by DIGITĀLAYA (डिजिटालय), developed by C-DAC Pune in compliance with OAIS Reference Model ISO 14721:2012.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)

IGNCA has been set up by Government as premier research institute dedicated to holistic understanding and expression of Indian arts in their inter and multi-disciplinary nature. Its principal aim is to serve as major national resource centre for the arts.

It is nodal agency for data bank on art, humanities and cultural heritage. It also has been identified by UNESCO as nodal agency for development of regional databases for South and South East Asian countries on art, cultural heritage and life-styles using state-of-the-art technologies for standardization, dissemination and exchange of data.

Jaipur to witness 8th Theatre Olympics

Jaipur will co-host 8th Theatre Olympics, the largest international theatre festival being held for the first time in India. The Jaipur chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Ravindra Manch Society and Art & Culture Department, Rajasthan Government.

Key Facts

As a co-host, it will provide great opportunity to highlight the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. It will provide platform to number of folk art forms and theatre performers from state have. Rajasthan has number of indigenous folk and theatrical art forms, most of which are popular among people such as puppet dance, Kalbelia, Ghoomar among others. Some of folk art forms like Swaang, Gawri among others will be showcased during the theatre festival.

8th Theatre Olympics

The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics was inaugurated by Vice president Venkaih Naidu in New Delhi in February 2018. The event was organised by National School of Drama (NSD). The theme of festival is – “Flag of Friendship“

The 51-day long nationwide theatre extravaganza will cover 17 cities in India with more than 25,000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances and 250 youth show. 30 countries participated in the festival from across the globe.

The Theatre Olympics

The Theatre Olympics is an international festival that brings together finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world. It was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece as an initiative of noted Greek theatre director Theodorus Terzopoulus.

Greece was the first country to host the Theatre Olympics in 1995. Since then it was held in Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010) and China (2014). The 7th edition of mega carnival of theatre was held in Poland in 2016.