Current Affairs 16th January, 2019


  • Another Autonomous Institution under Ministry of Culture

  • Promotion of performing arts– Indian music, dance and drama

  • Maintains a Gallery of Musical Instruments

  • Maintenance of standards of training in the performing arts

  • Teaching institutions

  • Kathak Kendra, Delhi (Classical Dance from Uttar Pradesh)

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Akademi in Imphal

  • Sattriya Centre (Classical Dance from Assam)

  • Centre for Kutiyattam (Age-old Sanskrit theatre of Kerala; Also an Indian Intangible Cultural Heritage as per UNESCO)

  • Chhau Centre (Tribal martial dance in Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal)


  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award:

  •  Highest national recognition conferred on eminent artistes.

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, Ratna Sadsya

    • To distinguished individuals for their contribution to the field of arts, music, dance and theatre.

  • Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar:

  • Given to young artists for their talent in the fields of music, dance and drama

Sānjhi –Mujh Mein Kalākār’

  • The first phase of this campaign was earlier initiated in the month of  November 2018 during the festival season of Diwali.

  • Second phase of the Web Campaign ‘SĀNJHI –MUJH MEIN KALĀKĀR’ an initiative to  document and promote the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and diverse cultural traditions of the country by direct public- participation.

  • The second phase of this campaign, SĀNJHI –MUJH MEIN KALĀKĀR, has its main focus area- the folk, traditional, customary, socially events and ritualistic art forms- woven as a cultural fabric around the harvest festival season of January. It is celebrated all across the country, known as various

To enable adoption of construction techniques for housing that are affordable and takes minimum time as less as three months instead of the conventional three years for construction.

  • Bring a paradigm shift in technology transition using large-scale construction under the PMAY-U as an opportunity to get the best available construction technologies across the globe.

About Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban (PMAY-U):

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission is being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA).

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission seeks to address the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers through following programme components:

  • In-situ Rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers using land as a resource through private participation.

  • Credit Linked Subsidy (Implemented as a Central Sector Scheme).

  • Affordable Housing in Partnership.

  • Subsidy for Beneficiary-led individual house construction/enhancement.

Why is it important?

Today, while developers in India’s metropolitan cities are sitting on lakhs of unsold residences costing upwards of ₹50 lakh, the country is estimated to have a shortage of nearly 20 million housing units needed by the rural and urban poor, at far lower price points of ₹5- 15 lakh.

The PMAY aims to address this shortfall. With the increase in subsidised loan amount to ₹12 lakh, the scheme is expected to cover a higher proportion of the urban poor. The PMAY will hopefully incentivise India’s construction and realty sector to reduce its traditional obsession with affluent home buyers in the cities.

Probable Mains Question

In your opinion, what needs to be done in order to make the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ programme successful? Discuss.