Blackstar & Mercury
Musician David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, which he released on January 8 this year, two days before he passed away, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize. This is the late singer’s third nomination after Heathen in 2002 and The Next Day in 2013. Apart from him, Natasha Khan’s act Bat For Lashes, and English rock act Radiohead’s album A Moon Shaped Pool have also been shortlisted for the UK award.
Set in Stone
In July, at the 40th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, three Indian sites were listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. These included Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh, Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim and the archeological site of Nalanda University in Bihar. On Thursday, Khangchendzonga National park and the Archeological site of Nalanda University were given the “Certificate of Inscription” by Mechtild Rossler (pictured), Director of the Division for Heritage and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Rossler, a cultural and natural heritage expert, handed over the certificates to SS Negi, Director General, Forest and special Secretary to Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Chane; Thomas Chandy, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Sikkim; and Janhwij Sharma, Joint Director General (Conversation/ World Heritage) Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Discussing her experience of working on different cultural landscapes across the world, Rossler said, “It is very crucial to understand the cultural and natural values associated with natural world heritage sites.”