Centre release 5462.69 Lakh to artists during Covid lockdown

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The Ministry of Culture today released a grant of Rs 5462.69 lakh to the artist’s community under various central sector schemes due to Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

In a written reply to the member of the house, the Minister of State of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel said in Lok Sabha today that the entire artist community faced a financial crisis and lost their means of livelihood due to Covid19. To help these artists, the Ministry of Culture ensured the release of the grants to the artists under the following various Central Sector Schemes:

Sl. No.Name of the schemeGrant provided (Rs. in lakh)
i.Financial assistance under the Repertory Grant Scheme1517.04
ii.Scheme of Financial Assistance for the Development of Buddhist/ Tibetan Art and Culture1329.00
iii.Cultural Function and Production Grant Scheme886.00
iv.Scheme of Scholarship & Fellowship for promotion of Art & Culture881.00
v.Financial Assistance to Cultural Organizations with National Presence427.25
vi.Scheme of Financial Assistance for the Preservation & Development of Cultural Heritage of Himalayas 165.00
viiScheme of Pension & Medical Aid to Artists160.00
viii.Financial assistance under Seva Bhoj Yojna74.00
ix.Financial Assistance for Cultural Activities in Performing Arts for Building Grants Including Studio Theatres23.40
Total5462.69

Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) have provided financial assistance of Rs. 927.83 lakh to the artists. The Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) being national academy of music, dance and drama have organized the following programmes during the current pandemic. A number of artists from various genres have been benefitted by these virtual activities:

i.     The Akademi organizes the Webinar on weekly basis with its Fellows and Awardees in the field of music, dance, drama, folk & tribal arts and puppetry. Akademi has successfully organized 32 webinars by which 32 artists have also been monetarily benefited.

ii.    Deeksha is an online training series in various dance forms like Kathak, Kutiyattam, Manipuri, Sattriya, Chhau.  As on date, 15 Deeksha programmes have been organized and Rs. 11 lakh approx has been released to senior artists, gurus and their accompanists.

iii.   An amount of Rs. 16.00 lakh was released to the artists who participated in Yog Parv – a festival of music, dance, drama, folk & tribal arts and puppetry.  

Most of the organizations under the Ministry of Culture have organized the following online programmes:

  • Seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) under Ministry of Culture organized online programmes wherein folk and tribal artists showcased their talents through webinars, workshops, live performances on social media handles like Facebook etc. Financial assistance is extended to artists as per the existing norms and rates fixed by ZCCs as remuneration of the above programmes. 
  • ZCCs have opened helplines to enable the artists to avail maximum benefits of the schemes of this Ministry.
  • An action plan has been evolved to help artists engaged for events on virtual mode enabling them to avail financial benefits out of the grants released by the Ministry.
  • Folk artists from member States are offered online platforms for their performance.
  • ZCCs have coordinated with the member States and artists to get unregistered artists registered under various schemes of States for financial assistance to artists.
  • ZCCs have collaborated with NGOs to promote registered artists on virtual platforms.  
  • SNA under the series ‘Abhivyakti’ is showcasing the programmes, festivals etc. from its archives on its social media platform.
  • From October onwards, SNA has been planning to virtual festivals of music, dance, drama, folk & tribal and puppetry besides the festivals in physical from January 2021.

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