Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2020

P V Ramesh appointed as the director-general of the National Archives of India

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of P V Ramesh appointed as the director-general of the National Archives of India. Currently, he is serving as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation.

National Archives of India

The genesis of National Archives of India can be traced to the traced to the report of  Sandeman, the Civil Auditor who had stressed the need of relieving the offices of congestion by the destruction of the papers of routine nature and transfer of all valuable records to a ‘Grand Central Archive’.

In 1889 Professor G.W. Forrest of Elphinstone College, Bombay entrusted the job of examining the records of the Foreign Department of the Government of India made a strong plea for transferring all records of the administration of East India Company to a Central Repository

This led to the establishment of Imperial Records Department (IRD) on 11 March 1891 in the Imperial Secretariat Building at Calcutta (Kolkata).

In 1911 the IRD was shifted to Delhi. After the Independence, the government of India rechristened IRD as the National Archives of India with Director of Archives as its head and in the year 1990 the office of the Director of Archives was redesignated as Director General of Archives.

At present National Archives of India is an attached office under the Ministry of Culture and has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Records Centres at Jaipur, Puducherry and Bhubaneswar.

Festival of India in Nepal Begins

A month-long Festival of India in Nepal is being held at Nepal. Nepal’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari was the chief guest of the opening ceremony.

Festival of India in Nepal

  • The Festival of India in Nepal is organised by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu with support from India’s Ministry of culture.
  • The Festival of India in Nepal is aimed at consolidating and strengthening our existing age-old relations, reinforcing sensibilities, affinities and shared cultural bonds between the people of our two countries.
  • The Festival aims to contribute towards sustaining and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Nepal.
  • On the opening day, the Sumit Roy Group depicted the life-span of the Buddha through melody and drama.
  • The month-long festival will host cultural performances which include Mridangam instrumental performance by Pandit Yella Venkateshwara, Punjabi folk dance by Harinder Pal and group; Theatre art by Su-Samannaya group; Kathakali dance by Haripriya and group and Maithali Sons and Dances by Prangan Group.
  • Together with cultural events the Festival also hosts an exhibition on Mahatma Gandhiji together with a speech competition on the Mahatma Gandhiji besides a seminar on Sanskrit.

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) aims to promote awareness of India’s composite cultural heritage and to strengthen the existing cultural ties across the world. The centres are run by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.