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Lalit Kala Akademi chief’s powers curbed by Culture Ministry


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Lalit Kala Academy

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

  • The Ministry of Culture has restricted the powers of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) Chairman, V Nagdas, preventing him from taking any administrative actions without prior consultation with the ministry.
  • The directive was issued, citing rule 19(1) of General Rules and Regulations of LKA, empowering the central government to intervene in administrative matters.

About Lalit Kala Akademi

Established 1954

Inaugurated by then Education Minister Maulana Azad (Based on French Academy)

Headquarters New Delhi, India
Founding Legislation Lalit Kala Akademi Act, 1954

Registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.

Type Autonomous Institution under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Objective Promotion and development of visual arts in India
Functions Conducting exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and research programs

Granting scholarships, awards, and fellowships to artists

Publishing journals, catalogues, and other art-related publications

Collaborating with international art organizations and institutions

Programs 1.    National Exhibitions of Art

2.    Rashtriya Kala Mela

3.    International Exhibitions

4.    Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships

5.    Workshops and Residencies

6.    Seminars and Conferences

Key Initiatives Triennale India

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

Art camps and symposiums

Membership Open to visual artists, art enthusiasts, and art scholars
Publications 1.    Lalit Kala Contemporary

2.    Lalit Kala Series

3.    Annual Reports

4.    Catalogues and Journals

Awards 1.    Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship

2.    National Awards in various art categories

3.    Kalidasa Samman

Gallery Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries in New Delhi and regional centers




2021: Consider the following statements in respect of the Laureus World Sports Award which was instituted in the year 2000 :​

1.    American golfer Tiger Woods was the first winner of this award.​

2.    The award was received mostly by ‘Formula One’ players so far.​

3.    Roger Federer received this award maximum number of times compared to others.​

Which of the above statements are correct?​

(a) 1 and 2 only ​

(b) 2 and 3 only​

(c) 1 and 3 only ​

(d) 1, 2 and 3


Practice MCQ:

Consider the following statement about the Lalit Kala Akademi:

1. It was inaugurated in 1954 by then-Education Minister Maulana Azad.

2. It is an autonomous Institution under the Ministry of Culture.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

(a) Only 1

(b) Only 2

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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