Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 250th Birth Anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy from 22nd May 2022 to 22nd May 2023.


Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), the Ministry of Culture is commemorating the 250th Birth Anniversary of Shri Raja Ram Mohan Roy from 22nd May 2022 to 22nd May 2023. The inaugural ceremony will take place at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Salt Lake, Kolkata, and at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata. Union  Minister of Culture,Tourism, and  of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri G. Kishan Reddy, and Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar will be gracing the ceremony on 22nd May 2022.


An iconic statue of Raja Ram Mohan Roy will be unveiled by the Minister of Culture, Shri G. Kishan Reddy in a virtual mode at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata at 11:00 AM.


Several other events will also be held at Salt Lake, Science City Auditorium, Kolkata. A seminar and quiz program for children will also be organized. A multimedia presentation on various facets of the life of Shri Raja Ram Mohan Roy will also be presented.


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Canada – Itinerary for the National Culture Summit: The Future of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Canada

National Culture Summit gathers leaders for a conversation on resilience, sustainability and transformation in this important industry.

OTTAWA – Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will host the National Culture Summit May 3-4, 2022, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

The summit will bring together leaders in the arts, culture and heritage sectors from across the country for a national conversation on resilience, sustainability and transformation. The summit will take place in person and online with various media opportunities.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

Media should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of event.

Schedule of events for May 3, 2022:
EVENT: Summit Opening

Welcome
Algonquin Anishinaabe Elder Opening
Artistic Performance
Minister’s Opening Remarks

PLACE: Southam Hall – National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

TIME: 8:30 a.m

NOTES: Open to media. Media are asked to arrive no later than 8 a.m. Following his opening remarks in Southam Hall, Minister Rodriguez will be available to the media in the Julia Foster Gallery at 9:45 a.m.

EVENT: Plenary Session 1:  Armchair Discussion with Arts, Culture and Heritage Leaders 

PLACE: Southam Hall – National Arts Centre

TIME: 9:15 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media.

EVENT: Plenary Session 2:  Supporting Workers in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors

PLACE: Southam Hall – National Arts Centre

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media

EVENT: Plenary Session 3:  Arts, Culture and Heritage as Mirrors and Drivers of Social Change

PLACE: Southam Hall – National Arts Centre

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: Open to media

EVENT: Closing Artistic Performance and Group Photo

PLACE: Southam Hall – National Arts Centre

TIME: 4:50 p.m.

NOTES: Open to media

Schedule of events for May 4:
EVENT: Welcome and Artistic Performance

PLACE: Canada Room – National Arts Centre

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media

EVENT: Plenary Session 4:  The Role of Digital Platforms and Technology in Arts, Culture and Heritage Landscapes

PLACE: Canada Room – National Arts Centre

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media

EVENT: Closing Fireside Chat with the Minister of Canadian Heritage

PLACE: Canada Room – National Arts Centre

TIME: 10:45 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media

EVENT: Closing Artistic Performance and Algonquin Anishnaabe Elder Closing

PLACE: Canada Room – National Arts Centre

TIME: 11:15 a.m.

NOTES: Open to media

Laura Scaffidi

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

laura.scaffidi@pch.gc.ca

Canada – National Culture Summit to focus on recovery, long-term growth, and competitiveness of the arts, culture and heritage sectors

Government of Canada shares details on the upcoming national culture summit as the arts, culture and heritage sectors come together from May 2–4 in Ottawa

OTTAWA, April 27, 2022

Canada’s arts, culture and heritage sector play a fundamental role in building a stronger, more cohesive and resilient society. These sectors are not only significant economic drivers but they also contribute to Canada’s identity and social fabric. Over the last two years of the pandemic, the arts, culture and heritage sectors have experienced unique challenges. The Government of Canada will convene the National Culture Summit on the Future of the Arts, Culture and Heritage in Canada to help these sectors recover and thrive.

As the Government prepares for the national summit in Ottawa on May 2-4, 2022, Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today the themes of the discussions at this event as well as program features.

Since returning to Canadian Heritage last fall, Minister Rodriguez has met with creative professionals, artists, curators and industry leaders in these sectors to better understand the issues they are facing. The minister also worked closely with them during pre-summit meetings to prepare for this gathering. This summit will help these sectors collectively chart a path towards positioning the arts, culture and heritage sectors for long-term growth.

The summit’s four themes will be:

Promoting long-term competitiveness and growth;
The return of visitors and engaging new audiences;
The role of digital platforms in arts, culture and heritage sectors; and
The contribution of cultural sectors to reconciliation, combatting climate change and building an open and more inclusive society.

The discussions taking place in person and online will help strengthen ties across Canada’s arts, culture and heritage communities, promote greater collaboration and position them for greater competitiveness and growth in Canada’s broader post-pandemic recovery. A diverse array of participants will take part in the event, including artists, creative professionals, heritage workers, business leaders and philanthropists, ensuring that all parts of Canada’s cultural ecosystem are present.

The various sessions will feature a keynote speech by Minister Rodriguez, an armchair discussion with leaders in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors, plenary panels and breakout sessions focused on key themes and opportunities for attendees as well as artistic and cultural programming, including live performances.

The summit will take place in a hybrid online/in-person setting at the National Arts Centre. Invitations for the in-person component of the event have been extended and attendance for the live virtual webinar is open for pre-registration.

For the live virtual webinar, cultural workers in communities across Canada can now register online to participate in the virtual experience. Registration is required to attend the virtual event.

The summit will follow all public health and safety guidelines including masking requirements at the National Arts Centre.

Further event details on the summit are available online. Please visit our website for updates. 

“Canada’s arts, culture and heritage sectors are built on shared experiences. They bring us together and help us understand who we are. Our sectors have struggled immensely in the last two years but have still been there for Canadians. We will continue to support our creative, cultural and heritage workers and will work together to revitalize the industry and look towards the future. There are great things are ahead.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Laura Scaffidi

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

laura.scaffidi@pch.gc.ca

Ministry of Culture took proactive measures to provide assistance to folk artists during COVID-19 Pandemic: Shri G. Kishan Reddy


To promote folk dances and arts throughout the country including Maharashtra, the Government has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs). Maharashtra is the Member State of South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur and West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC), Udaipur. All the seven ZCCs organize cultural activities and programmes on regular basis all over India including Maharashtra. Folk artists of various art forms from different parts of the country including Maharashtra are engaged by all the ZCCs to participate in these programmes for which honorarium, TA/DA, boarding & lodging and local transportation is provided to these artists to enable them to earn their livelihood.            


The following measures have been taken to provide assistance to folk artists in view of the pandemic:


  1. Eastern Zone Cultural Centre (EZCC), Kolkata has supported more than 12000 artists through online programmes and organized production oriented workshops for craftsmen at Shilpagram, Santiniketan to help them financially.
  2. South Central Zone Culture Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur organized online programmes and provided financial support to the artists by paying remuneration to them to the tune of Rs. 2,13,46,786/- during 2020-21 and 2021-22.
  3. South Zone Cultural Centre (SZCC), Thanjavur extended financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 8,93,85,000/- to the artists during the Pandemic.
  4. North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala organized online programmes and provided financial support to the artists to the tune of Rs. 2,59,08,000/- during 2020-21 and 2021-22 (upto 31.12.2021).
  5. North Eastern Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur organized virtual cultural programmes during COVID-19 Pandemic thereby benefitting 1725 artists during 2020-21 and 5750  artists (till date) during 2021-22.
  6. ZCCs have organized online programmes of the artists and broadcasting the same on various social media platforms like facebook and YouTube. The artists have been paid remuneration for their online performances.


For improving the financial condition of these artists, Ministry of Culture has taken many initiatives to help the artists in distress during COVID-19 Pandemic. The steps taken to help the artists during covid pandemic are:


  1. In view of the prevailing conditions, the Ministry of Culture issued guidelines in October, 2020 to help artists/organizations who have already been sanctioned grant under various scheme components of ‘Kala Sanskriti Vikas Yojana (KSVY)’ to conduct events on virtual mode. This will enable them to avail benefits under these schemes even if they are not able to stage programs in physical format as before and will ensure continued financial assistance to tide over the present crisis.
  2. All efforts have been made to release the funds to already approved grantees under various financial schemes of the Ministry of Culture. The funds released during the first quarter of F.Y. 2020-21 was much more than that released during 1st quarter of FY 2019-2020. Similar efforts are being made in this financial year also.
  3. In view of COVID-19, under the scheme of Repertory Grant, exemption has been granted to organizations from mandatory inspection for release of yearly grant. 
  4. All help has been extended to the grantees for completing various procedural formalities like compliance of mandatory EAT Module. In respect of the scheme component of Cultural Function & Production Grant (CFPG), one-time exemption has been granted to the organizations from filing the expenditure in EAT module for release of 1st instalment to the grantees of 43rd and previous meetings of CFPGS. 
  5. In view of COVID-19, under the Scheme of Scholarship & Fellowship for Promotion of Art & Culture, selection of Senior Fellows for the Batch Year 2019-20 & mid-term and final evaluation of 06 monthly reports of earlier batches (upto Batch Year 2017-18) in respect of both Junior/Senior Fellows has been held through virtual mode in view of the large number of members of the Expert Committee.
  6. Under the scheme of ‘Artists Pension’, one time exemption has been granted regarding submission of the mandatory annual income certificate by the pensioners.
  7. All the ZCCs have encouraged the folk artists/artisans to get registered with their member States in order to avail the schemes announced by the States.
  8. South Zone Cultural Centre (SZCC), Thanjavur in association with a Chennai based NGO Samarpana organized an online fund raising programme ”Notes of Nector-100 for 1000” participated by eminent artists from North and South. This fund raiser initiative has enabled 1200 families of folk artists to get financial assistance, groceries etc. during COVID-19 Pandemic.
  9. All the ZCCs took care of artistes admitted to hospitals/nursing homes and held consultations with doctors to ensure the best treatment for them. Vaccination Camps in collaboration with a multispecialty hospital in Kolkata was arranged by EZCC through CSR fund for their artistes. Emergency lifesaving medicines/injections required by some of the artists admitted in the hospital were arranged by ZCCs through Health Department of the State Governments.
  10. Efforts have been made to engage artists during Commemoration events enabling them to avail financial benefits out of the grants released by the Ministry.


The information was given by Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region Shri G. Kishan Reddy in Rajya Sabha today.




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Ministry of Culture organises a grand cultural event to celebrate completion of one year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav


The Ministry of Culture organised a grand cultural event to celebrate the  completion of one year of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi today evening.  Union Culture Minister Shri G Kishan Reddy, MoS Culture, Smt Meenakashi Lekhi , Secretary , Culture Shri Govind Mohan , High Commissioner of Mauritius, H. E. Mrs S. B. Hanoomanjee and diplomats of several other countries were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.


Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative by Government of India completed its one year of festive celebration today. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 12th March 2021 from Sabarmati Ashram. Since then, the efforts of the Government have not only gathered momentum but also reached across a diverse set of target groups and geographies to ensure that the commemoration efforts and celebrations become one of the largest programs of this nature in terms of scope and participation. With over 16,000 events and programs spread across 28 States, 8 Union Territories and 150+ countries globally, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is well placed to set-off India into the Amrit Kaal, on the road to India@2047. This campaign has focused on the overarching role of culture and heritage in enabling a nation to remember the past, celebrate the present and aspire for a better future.



Speaking about the initiative Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNERShri G.K Reddy said “We are proud to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, and to celebrate Amrit Mahotsav, we are organizing different programs across India. All these ideas are based on serving Mother India, so under the leadership of the Prime Minister, we are moving forward to make India a world leader.  He further added,  “We have come a long way since independence. 75 years reminds us to fulfil the aspirations of those great leaders whose sacrifices and hard work have secured India’s future”. He also said that the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is celebrating our history, our tradition and at the same time bringing to light the unknown heroes of freedom who were lying in the dark for a long time.


Shri G.Kishan Reddy said that the future belongs to the youth. The youth should follow the ideology of Swami Vivekananda to realise their full potential, the Minister urged. He further added that India , being the country with largest youth population is an embodiment of Yuva Shakti. And it is this Yuva Shakti which will lead India to become Vishwa Guru, a global power as we move confidently towards India@100.


On the occasion, Union Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs, Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi said that Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated all across the globe. She said that Amrit Mahotsav is a celebration of India’s culture, its democratic traditions  and   achievements and is a harbinger of Amrit Kaal over the next 25 years which will make India a world leader   in days to come. The Minister explained that India has done only good for the world at large and always extended unconditional support to other nations in hour of need .She highlighted how India had stood tall with other nations during the time of pandemic. Smt. Lekhi added that the world has a misconception about India regarding women,  India is a country where women play a major role in politics and other fields whether it is contributing toVedas, or being a ruler or a priestess or a teacher.




A special edition of ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ dedicated to Women in Power (elected to the Constituent Assembly) was launched. Following this, a book ‘Mahatma on Culture and Civilization’ written by IGNCA Chairperson Dr.Sachidanand Joshi was released.


The one year journey of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was narrated through a multi-media presentation. A digital tribute to the martyrs- “Digital Jyot” was also launched as a part of the celebrations as well.


Click here for the details of Digital Jyot


The evening had spell bound performances by famous poet and performer Kumar Vishwas along with artists Sunil Grover, Dhvani Bhanushali and Armaan Malik.


The five pillars of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are the elements that constitute the journey this program and focusing on the progress of the nation, its achievements, ideas, plans for future generations.


  1. Freedom Struggle: milestones of history, unsung heroes of the Indian freedom struggle, hidden stories from the districts  
  2. Ideas@75: celebrating ideas that have and are shaping India
  3. Achivements@75: celebrating milestones and progress across different sectors
  4. Resolve@75: reinforcing commitments to specific goals and targets
  5. Actions@75: highlighting steps being taken to implement policies and actualize commitments.


The events under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are organized with a ‘whole of government’ approach (collaboration among different Government bodies) and ensure maximum possible ‘janbhagidari’ (participation from the public). Landmark events include Rashtragan Campaign, Netaji@125, Kashi Utsav, Udan Kite Festival, Jan Jati Gaurav Diwas, National Youth Day, Umang Rangoli Making Festival, NadiUtasav, Reimagining Museums in India, Swacchagrah, Vigyan Sarvatya, 75 Suryanamaskar, Dhara, Thanjavur (Temple Architecture) and Postcards to PM. Many of these have been organized with combined efforts of various Ministries.


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