A free vacation and a chance to learn the art of happiness in Finland, India’s first cable-stayed Anji Khad Bridge to join the UTs Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala’s famous Kathakali village Ayroor has been renamed as Ayirur Kathakali Gramam and more in top stories of the day.
A free vacation and a chance to learn the art of happiness in Finland
The United Nations has recently named Finland as the happiest country in the world for the sixth year. If you are lucky, you too can learn the Finnish secret to happiness, for FREE! Yes, Finland is offering 10 people from around the world a free four-day Finnish vacation and a chance to learn why the country has been topping the world charts in terms of happiness.
You can be a part of Visit Finland’s Masterclass of Happiness in the month of June in Finland’s Lake District, the largest lake area in Finland. As per the country’s official tourism website, all you have to do is sign up and complete a social media challenge where you will be channeling your inner Finn! They are calling it Finding Your Inner Finn, and it’s going to be an in-person masterclass. Learn from the best everything about a balanced life with nature, food for the body and soul, a healthy way to experience forests and nature around you, sounds and music to relax yourself and a whole lot on the Finnish way of life. For those interested, the applications are open till April 2, 2023.
Coming soon – India’s first cable-stayed Anji Khad Bridge joining the UTs Jammu and Kashmir
If reports are to go by, India will soon get its very first cable-stayed railway bridge. The Anji Khad Bridge which will be ready and operational by May 2023, will connect the Union Territory of Kashmir with the rest of the country by train. Not only that, the bridge will also connect the two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir.
This new bridge is being dubbed as an engineering marvel as it is one of the biggest railway projects on top of a mountain. The 725m bridge is held approximately 331m above the Anji River by a total of 96 cables. Though not the entire bridge is cable-stayed, a whopping 473 m of the bridge is. The Anji Khad Bridge is located approximately 80 kms from the Union Territory of Jammu. That’s not all, a lot of expertise has gone into the construction of the bridge, which is also a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Line. The bridge has been designed in such a way that it will be able to withstand all kinds of high-altitude weather conditions.
Kerala’s famous Kathakali village Ayroor has been renamed as Ayirur Kathakali Gramam
Ayroor village, located on the banks of the Pamba River in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, is known for its scenic beauty and cultural heritage. But the village’s USP has always been the traditional dance-drama form of Kathakali. Today, the erstwhile village of Ayroor has a new name – Ayirur Kathakali Gramam. The name justifies the village’s long history and tradition of keeping the art of Kathakali alive.
Ayirur Kathakali Gramam (Ayirur) has a long-standing tradition of Kathakali performances, with several talented artists and troupes based in the village. The Mahadeva Temple, located in the village, is also known for its annual Kathakali performances during the temple festival, which draws large crowds of devotees and tourists alike. So, Ayirur is considered as one of the important centers of Kathakali in Kerala.
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