National & International Events - Current Affairs for January,2017

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▼ Festival of India to be held in Netherlands   [01-19-17]

A Festival of India is being organized in the Netherlands from 26 January – 27 March 2017.

The Festival will showcase diverse Indian culture.

These include classical and folk dances, music, and exhibition on handmade ethnically sourced silk clothes and accessories.

The events will be held in the cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam/Maastricht, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Groningen.

During the Festival, the following events will be showcased:

  • 13-member Kathak Dance by Aditi Mangaldas Kathak Dance Group
  • 15-member Bhojpuri Folk Dance from North Zone Cultural Centre
  • 4-member Classical Instrumental Music Group of Subhash Ghosh
  • 3-member Exhibition-cum-Demonstration on Handmade ethnically sourced silk clothes and accessories by Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director, Sewa Bharat
  • 10-member Bharatnatyam Dance by Dr Sanddhya V. Pureccha.

  • Netherlands: Know More

  • The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe.
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Currency: Euro
  • Official languages: Dutch, Papiamento, Frisian
  • Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Monarch: Willem-Alexander
  • Prime Minister: Mark Rutte
  • Legislature States: General
  • Upper house: Senate
  • Lower house: House of Representatives
  • Kingdom established: 16 March 1815
  • Constituent country: 15 December 1954

▼ 77 session of Indian History Congress inaugurated in Kerala   [01-2-17]

President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the 77th session of Indian History Congress (IHC).

It was inaugurated at University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Over 3,000 historians and research scholars are participating in the 3-day session of IHC.

The IHC is the largest professional and academic body of Indian historians with over 10,000 members.

Radha Champakalakshmi of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is current President of IHC.

Chronology of events
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