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Govt’s financial package for artistes

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New Delhi: Those in the performing arts favourably disposed towards the BJP-led NDA government, who had been complaining for the past 2 years that their lives hadn’t changed since the present government assumed office can now turn hopeful. The government is implementing schemes to grant and offering other forms of financial assistance to artistes.

There are 2 schemes, namely “Scholarships to young artistes in different cultural fields” and “Scheme for award of fellowship to outstanding persons in the field of culture”, which will be implemented soon. The first is meant to grant and/or financial assistance to artistes in order to promote them in their respective fields. The second is for research oriented projects in various fields of art and culture.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma

Under the scheme of scholarship, up to 400 scholarships are given every year to young artistes in the age group of 18-25 year for advanced training in the field of Indian classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, folk and traditional and indigenous art.

Under the scheme of fellowship, up to 400 (200 junior in the age group of 25-40 years and 200 senior in the age group of above 40-years) fellowships are given every year to outstanding persons in the fields of art and culture.

For both the schemes, applications are invited every year and meritorious candidates are selected on the basis of their performance and interview by the expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Culture.

Under the scheme of scholarship, every selected artiste is given a of Rs 5,000 a month for a period of 2 years. Under the scheme of fellowship, every selected junior fellow is given a fellowship of Rs 10,000 per month and senior fellow Rs 20,000 per month, again for a period of 2 years. There is no art and State-wise quota in either scheme.

The funds allocated and the expenditure incurred on both the schemes along with the number of persons benefitted under the schemes during each of the last three years are as under:

  Year No. of persons benefitted under No. of persons benefitted under Fellowship Amount allocated (In lakh) Expenditure incurred (In lakh)
2013-14 400 377 776.00 776.00
2014-15 400 398 1123.30 1123.30
2015-16 212 177 1835.00 1835.00

The BJP-led government has set-up cultural centres at 7 different zones with their headquarters situated respectively in Patiala, Udaipur, Allahabad, Kolkata, Dimapur, Nagpur and Thanjavur, with an objective to preserve, promote and disseminate the traditional folk and tribal arts and culture of all the States and Union Territories. The government has been  carrying out various activities and organising programmes at the national, zone and local levels through their Zonal (sic) Cultural Centres to preserve and promote various folk and tribal arts across the country.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in today.

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