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Indian Art & Culture :

Hornbill Festival

Among which of the following Indian states, the famous Hornbill Festival is being celebrated every year with great zeal?


Tanbo Art

Consider the following statements about the Tanbo Art:

  1. Tanbo Art is a rice paddy art developed by the Chinese farmers to beautify their paddy fields.
  2. In this art, farmers use different dyes and colours in order to beautify their paddy fields.

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Maha Bodhi Temple Complex

Recently, Bhutan’s Foreign Minister recently visited Maha Bodhi Temple Complex (MBTC) in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Consider the following statements about the MBTC:

  1. He Maha bodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment.
  2. The first temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries.
  3. The complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001

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Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival

Consider the given statements about the Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival:

  1. Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival is the biggest river festival being celebrated in the state of Assam.
  2. It is a festival of rivers and it pertains to the 12 important rivers in India, namely Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Chambal, Kaveri, Beas, Tapti, Godavari, Chenab, Krishna and Saraswati.

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Suranga Bawadi

Recently, Suranga Bawadi in Bijapur, Karnataka was selected as the World Monument Watch List for 2020. Consider the following given statements about Bawadi:

  1. Suranga Bawadi was built by Yusuf Adil Shah of Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur in the 16th century to supply water to Vijaypura in Karnataka.
  2. The Bawadi is an integral part of the ancient Karez System of supplying water through subterranean tunnels.

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Dhrupad

Recently, renowned Dhrupad vocalist (Padma Shri awardee) Ramakant Gundecha passed away in Bhopal. Consider the following given statements about the Dhrupad:

  1. Dhrupad be a form of the Gandharva Veda, the Vedic science of music, which is a branch of Sama Veda.
  2. It is performed by a solo singer or a small number of singers in unison to the beat of the mridang rather than the tabla.
  3. Like all Indian classical music, dhrupad is modal and monophonic, with a single melodic line and no chord progression.

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

Recently, which of the following two Indian cities have been included by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its network of Creative Cities on the occasion of World Cities Day 2019?


Bhaona

Recently, the Bhaona performers from a north eastern state made a foreign debut in Abu Dhabi.Consider the following given statements about the Bhaona:

  1. Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment, with religious messages, prevalent in Nagaland, India.
  2. It is a creation of MahapurushaSrimantaSankardeva, written in the early sixteenth century.

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Skandagupta

Recently, during a seminar on Skandagupta Vikramaditya, Home Ministry urged Indian historians to rewrite history from an Indian perspective. Consider the following statements about the Skandagupta:

  1. Skandagupta assumed the title of Vikramaditya after defeating Pushyamitras during his initial years of ascendancy.
  2. Bhitari pillar inscription mentions the conflict between Skandagupta and the Pushyamitras as well as the Hunas.
  3. Skandagupta issued five types of gold coins and four types of silver coins during his rule.

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Petta Thulla

Recently, the Kerala State Pollution Board proposed to ban the chemical-based colours used during the PettaThullal ritual. Consider the following given statements about the PettaThulla:

  1. PettaThullal is a form of ritualistic sacred dance to celebrate the victory of good over evil in the legend of Lord Ayyappa of SabarimalaAyyappa Temple.
  2. It is performed during the Mandalam - Makaravilakku period (November, December and January) in the presence of thousands of devotees.

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