Art & Culture Current Affairs MCQs
1. Which Union Ministry inaugurated the ‘Ishan Manthan’ festival?
[A] Ministry of Culture
[B] Ministry of Education
[C] Ministry of Tourism
[D] Ministry of MSME
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Culture]
Union Minister for Culture, Tourism & DONER G Kishan Reddy inaugurated the three-day North-East festival called ‘Ishan Manthan’ in New Delhi.
It included discussion on the indigenous faith of North East India, discussions on the unsung freedom fighters of the North East among others. The event will also provide information about films, art and handicrafts of the North East.
2. ‘Khalsa Saajna Diwas’ is predominantly celebrated by people of which religion in India?
Correct Answer: C [Sikhism]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Sikhs, on the occasion of Khalsa Saajna Diwas, which marks the anniversary of the beginning of Khalsa Panth.
Recently, a group of 1,949 Sikh pilgrims left for Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib in Pakistan to participate in the religious congregation to be held on the occasion of Khalsa Sajna Diwas.
3. Raghurajpur, that was recently in news, is famous for which of the following types of paintings?
Correct Answer: B [Pattachitra]
Pattachitra painting is the traditional painting of Odisha and West Bengal. These scroll paintings trace their origin to 12th century. They mainly depict Hindu mythology and are closely related to Jagannath and Vaishnava sect. It was recently in news as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen gave a Pattachitra to Pope Francis in Vatican City as a gift. This pattachitra was created by artist Apindra Swain and his family who belong to craft village of Raghurajpur in Puri district. Raghurajpur is world famous for Pattachitra paintings.
4. 12 caste communities of which state has been added in the list of Scheduled Tribes by the Union Cabinet?
[B] Madhya Pradesh
[D] Tamil Nadu
Correct Answer: C [Chhattisgarh]
Union Cabinet has approved the inclusion of 12 caste communities of Chhattisgarh in the list of Scheduled Tribes
The Cabinet also approved the inclusion of some tribal communities of Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh in the list of Scheduled Tribes. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said that the move will help them availing welfare benefits.
5. Rakhigarhi, which was seen in the news, is located in which state/UT?
[D] Madhya Pradesh
Correct Answer: C [Haryana]
The world’s largest museum of Harappan culture is being constructed in Rakhigarhi. It is a village in Hisar district of Haryana, famous for its archaeological site from the Indus Valley civilisation period.
The world-class museum will display 5000-year-old Indus Valley artefacts. Rakhigarhi was part of the Indus Valley Civilisation from 2600-1900 BC. In the skeletons found in the village, shell bangles, copper mirror and semi-precious stone beads were found.
6. Which institution unveiled a list of 50 exclusive and iconic heritage textile crafts of India?
[B] NITI Aayog
[C] Union Culture Ministry
Correct Answer: A [UNESCO]
UNESCO released a list of 50 exclusive and iconic heritage textile crafts of India named ‘Handmade for the 21st Century: Safeguarding Traditional Indian Textile’.
It describes the processes behind their making, mentions the causes for their declining popularity and provides strategies for their preservation. Toda embroidery and Sungadi from Tamil Nadu, Himroo weaves from Hyderabad and Bandha tie and dye weaving from Odisha are some of the crafts included.
7. Gurram Jashuva, who was also known as ‘People’s Poet’ is from which state?
[B] Andhra Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Andhra Pradesh]
Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy paid tributes to ‘People’s poet’ Gurram Jashuva on his 127 th birth anniversary.
Jashuva used verse poetry as a weapon to wage a war against superstitions and evil of untouchability being practised in those times. He also fought against caste discrimination, poverty and economic disparities.
8. Which city is the host of the ‘Virasat Arts and Heritage Festival’?
[A] Gandhi Nagar
Correct Answer: C [Jaipur]
Virasat Arts and Heritage Festival’ is to be held in Jaipur for 15 days. This is the 26th anniversary of the festival
This is a platform for people to experience art, culture and music by the renowned classical music and dance maestros.
9. Mahakal Lok Project, which was inaugurated recently, is located in which state/UT?
[B] Madhya Pradesh
[C] Uttar Pradesh
Correct Answer: B [Madhya Pradesh]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Phase I of the Mahakal Lok Project to the nation at Shri Mahakal Lok in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
The total cost of the entire project is around ₹850 crore. The Mahakal Path contains 108 stambhs (pillars) which depict Anand Tandav Swaroop (Dance form) of Lord Shiva.
10. Which Indian city hosts the ‘Fourth Bangladesh Film Festival’ in 2022?
Correct Answer: B [Kolkata]
The fourth edition of the Bangladesh Film Festival is being hosted in Kolkata. 37 films and documentaries from Bangladesh will be screened at the five-day event.
This will be the fourth year, that the Bangladesh Film Festival is being organised in Kolkata. The Cultural Events like book fairs and film festivals strengthen the bond between India and Bangladesh as well as West Bengal and Bangladesh.
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