Lhasa, Oct. 9 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Over 18,000 precious ancient books written in the Tibetan language have been filed for future study and protection as part of a decade-long general survey in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
Among the filed books, 291 have been selected for inclusion on the list of valuable ancient books of the state. A dozen of books on survey results have also been published.
China has hundreds of thousands of works of ancient Tibetan literature, with more than half of them collected in more than 1,300 temples, monasteries and libraries, museums and archives across Tibet.
In 2009, as part of the ancient Chinese literature protection program, Tibet launched a general survey of its ancient books. Staff with the autonomous region's ancient literature protection center visited almost all the collection sites across Tibet over the past 10 years.
"We have worked closely with over 1,200 collection sites and several thousand collectors during the survey," said Penpa Tsering, deputy director of the center.
Tenzin Guyzang manages a temple in Xigaze. Instead of the old way of preserving ancient books by shelving them, hidden from view, the books of indigo pages and golden characters are neatly labeled and displayed in glass cabinets.
He said the precious literature, over 40 works in total, now have their own unique "ID" and have been registered in the national database of ancient literature.
"Most of them were donated by private collectors over the past decade. Now under the guidance of experts, they are effectively protected," said the 53-year-old monk.
In June 2013, Nyishar, an expert with the center, received a call saying a large number of ancient books were on the brink of destruction in a dilapidated chapel in a village under Gyirong, a county on the China-Nepal border.
The village had no roads, electricity or optical cables connecting it with the outside world, and heavy snow was forecast, which would seal its isolation until the following spring.
Nyishar raced against time to reach the village. With the help of local villagers, he filed and restored all the 270 books, each having over 500 pages, in just 16 days.
He said the books were extremely delicate and contained large quantities of information about the society, economy, culture and folk customs from the 12th to 14th centuries.
In 2016, the regional government earmarked 400,000 yuan (about 56,000 U.S. dollars) to build Tibet's first ancient book protection station in the village.
The central and local governments have invested over 10 million yuan in ancient book protection in Tibet over the past decade. Besides the 18,000 filed books and nearly 3,000 restored pages, 14 local collection sites have been renovated and two protection stations built.
A digital standard for ancient Tibetan literature is being developed so that a database can be built for the benefit of the whole society, Penpa Tsering said.
Lievin, Oct 8 (AP/UNB) — The Louvre has opened a new art conservation center some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Paris to protect the museum's priceless artworks from its flood-prone reserves.
The Louvre Conservation Center was inaugurated Tuesday in Lievin in northern France, near another outpost of the museum, the Louvre-Lens.
Protecting the museum's works from the nearby Seine River has taken on additional urgency in recent years, as severe floods in 2016 and 2018 forced the Louvre to evacuate artworks and close exhibits.
Officials hope to store some 250,000 artworks at the new center in five years' time. About half of the newly-constructed building's sprawling space will house art from the famed Paris museum, the world's biggest.
Conservation workrooms, study halls and a photo studio in the new center will be used for research.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – French cultural organization Alliance Française de Dhaka paid tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam through a musical programme at its Dhanmondi center on Friday evening.
The event featured mesmerizing performances of Tagore and Nazrul songs, performed by 28 artistes. A total of 18 songs were presented by the performers.
The performing artists had been selected through a recent musical workshop titled ‘Subcontinental Classical Music’, conducted by renowned classical music-artiste Manzurul Islam Khan.
Talking to UNB about the programme, Manzurul said “This kind of event is arranged for the first time in 40 years, at the Alliance Française de Dhaka. Our students from the workshop performed all these songs straight from their hearts, as it was our first-ever tribute event to the legendary duo of Bengali music and culture.”
Notable personalities including Alliance Française de Dhaka’s director Olivier Dintinger and poet Shahidullah Farazi were present at the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a discussion seminar on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s eventful life on Thursday, as part of a series of ten seminars.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury attended the seminar held at BSA’s National Art Gallery as its chief guest. Eminent educationist and art critic Professor Nazrul Islam and senior journalist Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul also attended the seminar as guest speakers.
Focusing on Prime Minister’s struggles, hardships and achievements as a successful administrator, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said “Our Prime Minister is constantly receiving global plaudits for her bold, effective activities as the leader of our nation, and her achievements are also making Bangladesh proud as a nation.”
Professor Nazrul, praising the PM for her majestic role in the development of arts and culture, said “BSA was established by the father of our nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where the culture of Bangladesh is constantly getting nurtured through effective programmes and activities. Our PM Sheikh Hasina is successfully following his footsteps and she also has the vision to establish the long-cherished ‘Sonar Bangla Cultural Hub’, through which the culture of our nation will get even more accelerated.”
The speakers also praised the month-long exhibition on PM’s life and major events in her career, titled “Sheikh Hasina – Bangladesh er Shopnosharathi” (Sheikh Hasina – The Dream Chaser of Bangladesh).
Presiding over the event, BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky said “PM Sheikh Hasina believes cultural freedom is equally important as political freedom for a nation, and this exhibition is a dedicated portrayal to her broad visionaries as our leader”.
After the seminar, the speakers and other guests visited the exhibition and praised the artworks of the artists.
Set to be concluded on 27th October, the exhibition is going to be displayed at galleries 1 and 6 of the National Art Gallery complex every day 11 am to 8 pm and 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB)- Chinese Embassy in Dhaka honored Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with ‘Outstanding Organisation Award’ for its special contributions to culture at a Chinese exhibition launched at the academy recently.
Academy Director Liaquat Ali Lucky received the award on Friday while Education Minister Dipu Moni and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming, among others, were present, said a press release of Shilpakala Academy.
Addressing the event, Liaquat Ali said the friendly relation between China and Bangladesh will be strengthened through exchange of cultural exchanges.
The 10-day exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy will continue until October 10.