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ASI identified 138 monuments as ‘Must See Monuments’: Govt

The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel, informed Parliament that Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has identified 138 monuments as ‘Must See Monuments’. This information has been made available on ‘Must See’ portal of ASI.

World Heritage Sites (WHS) in India & ‘Must See’ List

WHS is a landmark or area selected by UNESCO (a UN specialized agency) as having historical, cultural, scientific or any other form of significance. Such site is legally protected by international treaties.

There are 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, which includes 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites and 1 mixed-criteria site. India has 6th largest number of sites in world. Out of 38, the 22 cultural sites including monuments, buildings and caves are under protection of ASI. Therefore, the ‘Must See’ list features outstanding Indian monuments and archaeological sites, under protection of ASI, including those that feature on World Heritage List of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Such buildings, monuments and sites are a unique testimony to civilization in past, as they display exceptionality in terms of arts and architecture, planning and design as well exemplary engineering skills.

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

It is an Indian government agency that is responsible for archaeological research, conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in country. It functions under Union Ministry of Culture. It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham who was also the first Director-General of ASI.

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11th edition of Bal Sangam festival begins

The Eleventh edition of Bal Sangam festival is being organised by National School of Drama (NSD) in its premises in New Delhi. The four-day festival will be held from 9 to 12 November 2019.

About Bal Sangam festival

It is a confluence of folk and traditional art forms performed by children. It will showcase enthralling folk and traditional performing arts and folk theatre dedicated to children.

As many as 12 States including Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab are participating in festival. At the event 12 folk presentations and 3 folk theatres programme will be displayed.

The festival includes martial arts, folk dance, street play performances and acts such as magic shows, juggling and puppetry. Besides this there will also be many types of art and craft workshops.

About National School of Drama (NSD)

Besides being one of the world’s foremost theatre training institutions, it is only one of its kind in India. In 1959, NSD was set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units. Later in 1975, NSD was registered as an autonomous organization under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and thus became an independent entity. It is fully financed by Union Ministry of Culture.

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