Prehistoric Rock Paintings

Context: Like many important monuments across India, the prehistoric rock paintings in Telangana’s Jayashankar Bhupalpally district are prey to confessions of undying love and names etched for posterity. Other facts: Increasing defacement, including instances of scraped graffiti and smeared oil paints, are a cause for grave concern at the millennia-old Read More …

Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the SCO

Context: The Minister of State for Culture led the Indian delegation to the 15th Meeting of the Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Member States  held in Sanya, Hainan province, on 16th and 17thMay, 2018. India participated for the first time at the Meeting of  Cultural Ministers of the SCO. Read More …

Pre-historic rock art site unearthed in Guntur

Context: A pre-historic rock art site discovered in the vast expanse of limestone blocks on the eastern banks of Naguleru near Dachepalli has thrown light on the Neolithic civilisation that flourished in Guntur during 1500-2000 BC. Other findings: The site, unearthed by freelance archaeologist Kadiyala Venkateswara Rao at Kesanapalli village Read More …

Gangaikondacholapuram, bustling capital

Why did Rajendra Chola shift the Chola capital to Gangaikondacholapuram? “First, Rajendra needed a large tract of land, to station his army of nine lakh men, which was available there. Secondly, Thanjavur was surrounded by rivers, and so logistically Gangaikondacholapuram was a better choice. Thirdly, recruitment of soldiers was easier. Read More …