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13-February -2024

1. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurate regional centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi “Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra” in Hyderabad

Topic: GS1 – Art & Culture – Art Forms GS2  – Governance – Interventions for development in various sectorsUPSC-relevant: Inauguration of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra in Hyderabad, promoting cultural heritage, reflects government commitment to preservation.
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  • Former VP Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurated Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra in Hyderabad, fostering cultural growth. Padma Shri Awardees felicitated.
 Additional information on this news:
  • Former Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister of Culture, Tourism, and DoNER Sri G Kishan Reddy inaugurated the Regional Centre of the Sangeet Natak Akademi in Hyderabad, known as Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra.
  • The foundation stone for the Bharata Kala Mandapam auditorium was laid as part of the centenary celebrations of Ghantasala.
  • The event also featured the felicitation of Padma Shri Awardees of 2024 from Telugu states, including Shri Dasari Kondappa, Shri Kethavath Somlal, Shri Gaddam Samiah, Smt Uma Maheshwari, and Shri Velu Anandacharya.
  • The newly inaugurated Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra aims to promote research and documentation of Music, folk and tribal arts, theater, and puppetry in South India.
  • Union Minister Shri G Kishan Reddy highlighted the Government of India’s efforts over the last 10 years to preserve and promote cultural heritage, with support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Former Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his tireless efforts towards a cultural renaissance in India and emphasized the importance of preserving the mother tongue through the National Education Policy.
Sangeet Natak Academy
  • Sangeet Natak Academy is India’s premier institution for the performing arts.
  • Established in 1952 by the Government of India.
  • It aims to preserve, promote, and disseminate Indian traditional performing arts.
  • Recognizes and honors outstanding artists through its prestigious awards.
  • The academy covers a wide range of art forms, including music, dance, drama, and puppetry.
  • It organizes festivals, workshops, and seminars to foster artistic exchange and development.
  • SNA plays a crucial role in documenting and archiving traditional art forms.
  • Headquartered in New Delhi, it has regional centers across India.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are highly esteemed in the field of performing arts.
PYQ: Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.  (150 words/10m) (UPSC CSE (M) GS-1 2018)

2. NITI Aayog Launches Greening India's Wastelands with Agroforestry (GROW) Report and Portal

Topic: GS3 – Environment and Ecology. UPSC-relevant: GROW initiative, led by NITI Aayog, addresses environmental restoration, aligning with national goals, climate commitments, and sustainable development.
Context
  • NITI Aayog launched the “Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry (GROW)” report and portal, using remote sensing and GIS to prioritize agroforestry across Indian districts for environmental restoration.
 Additional information on this news:
  • NITI Aayog launched the “Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry (GROW)” report and portal.
  • Led by NITI Aayog, the multi-institutional effort used remote sensing and GIS to assess agroforestry suitability across all Indian districts.
  • The Agroforestry Suitability Index (ASI) prioritizes areas for greening and restoration projects at the national level.
  • The report offers state-wise and district-wise analysis, supporting government departments and industries.
  • The portal, Bhuvan, provides universal access to state and district-level agroforestry data.
  • Current agroforestry covers 8.65% of India’s geographical area, emphasizing the potential of converting underutilized areas for agroforestry.
  • The GROW initiative aligns with national commitments to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 and create an additional carbon sink.
  • Prof Ramesh Chand highlighted the need for agroforestry to reduce wood imports, combat climate change, and optimize arable land use.
  • The project leverages space technology in agriculture, aiming for long-term benefits.
  • Geospatial technologies and GIS are crucial in mapping and prioritizing wastelands for agroforestry interventions, addressing India’s land degradation challenges.

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