Art and Culture Current Affairs - 2019

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First-ever Ladakh Literature Festival

Ladakh administration is organizing the first-ever Ladakh Literature festival. The three day Literature Festival is being organized from 29 to 31 October 2019. At venues like historic Leh palace and Central Asian Museum the Ladakh Literature Festival will now be held annually.

Ladakh Literature Festival Highlights

Objective: To celebrate the uniqueness of the region in the fields of Literature, Art and Culture.

The first-ever Ladakh Literature Festival is going to witness transformation of Ladakh from a division to Union Territory (UT).  During the festival the screenings of Ladakhi films, discussions on Heritage and presentations on History and Archeology of Ladakh will take place.

To attract the visitors of all age groups, different programmes are planned. To provide an opportunity to women, children and youth to participate in three day Ladakh Literature Festival several competitions and events such as Calligraphy, Culinary art are also incorporated.

Along with local artists, literary personalities, historians, musicians and senior IAS officers who turned authors such as Anil Swarup, Parvez Dewan and Dr MK Ranjith Sinh are also participating in festival.

Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree gets GI tag

The Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) in Chennai has accorded coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree from Tamil Nadu. This takes total number of such indigenous products that have been accorded GI tag from Tamil Nadu to 31.

Dindigul locks

They are known throughout world for their superior quality and durability. More than 3,125 lock manufacturing units are limited to an area of 5 km in and around Dindigul. This is the main reason Dindigul city is also called as Lock City.

The lock manufacturing units in the city are concentrated in Nallampatti, Nagelnagar, Kodaiparailpatti, Kamalapatti and Yagappanpatti. The abundance of iron in this region is main reason for growth of this industry.

There are over 50 varieties of locks made by artisans using raw materials such as brass plates and MS flat plates procured from the nearby towns, including Salem and Madurai. Government institutions such as prisons, godowns, hospitals, and even temples use these locks instead of other machine-made ones.

Kandangi sarees

They are manufactured in entire Karaikudi taluk in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. They are made up of high quality cotton from Coimbatore. The main characteristic of these sarees are its bright colours that hold strong. They are characterised by large contrast borders. Some varieties of this saree are known to have borders covering as far as two-thirds of saree which is usually around 5.10 m-5.60 m in length. These cotton sarees are usually worn in summer and are bought by customers in bulk. These sarees are manually made using winding machine, shuttle, loom and bobbin. It is team effort of families who live in the town of Karaikudi and it forms part of their basic livelihood.