“Prepare a digital library to preserve and showcase various aspects of the rich and glorious culture of Chhattisgarh. This would not only establish Chhattisgarh’s identity at international platform but would also make the future generation aware of their splendid culture”, said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel while reviewing the works of culture department at his residence today. In his address to the review meeting, Mr. Baghel said that important information about folk music, folk dance, folk literature along with artists and artforms of Chhattisgarh should be compiled in the digital library with the help of experts on the subjects.

Chief Minister said that many musical instruments have been prevalent in the folk culture of Chhattisgarh, but still many people are unaware of this glorious heritage till date. The information about such instruments should be stored digitally by recording their name, method of playing etc. Information regarding folk dances, folk artists of different regions of Chhattisgarh should also be collected. He said that young artists should be encouraged to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of Chhattisgarh, through various schemes of the Culture Department, including the State Government’s Folk Artists Promotion Scheme. Young and upcoming artists and art troupes should be given opportunity to perform at government cultural programs, along with the established artists.

Culture Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Mr. Ram Gopal Agarwal, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrata Sahu, Secretary Mr. Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Secretary Culture Department Mr. Anbalagan P. Director, Mr. Vivek Acharya was also present in the meeting.

Secretary, Culture Department, Mr. Anbalagan P. informed in the meeting that Lok Kalakar Protsahan Yojana, Manas Mandali Protsahan Yojana, Scholarship Scheme have been started to encourage folk art and folk artists in the state. The department has prepared ‘Chinhari’ portal for the registration of artists. Unique identity cards are being introduced for the artists and art troupes. Similarly, an online grant portal has been created to provide financial assistance to the registered institutions in the department. He also informed that the department is providing monthly pension to the writers and artists in need. Under the Artist Welfare Fund (Medical Grant), a financial aid of upto Rs 25 thousand is given in case of critical illness, accident, death. In the year 2020-21, aid of Rs 14 lakh 76 thousand was provided in 131 cases. He also informed that an honorarium of Rs. 9 crore 56 lakh has been given to 1678 artist teams for their performances in the cultural programmes.

It was informed in the meeting that under Lok Kalakar Protsahan Yojana (Folk Artists Promotion Scheme), a provision has been made to give incentives to 100 folk artists every year. As per the provisions of the scheme, an annual incentive of Rs 24 thousand is to be given to a maximum of 30 artists or teams for preservation, promotion and development of dance-music, folk drama, folklore, Chhattisgarhi lyricist genre, Rs 18 thousand will be given to a maximum of 25 musician artists or teams. A provision has been made to give an annual incentive of Rs 15 thousand to maximum 20 craftsmen, Rs 12 thousand to maximum 25 artists or teams for Chhattisgarhi culinary arts (Chhattisgarhi cuisine) and Rs 12 thousand to maximum 10 artists of Chhattisgarh for aesthetic arts.

It was informed in the meeting that under Manas Mandali Protsahan Yojana 2021, competitions of Ramayana Manadali (art troupes) registered at Gram Panchayat, Block level, District level, State level would be organized and the winner of the competition will be awarded incentive. Around 12 thousand winners of gram panchayat-level competitions will be awarded Rs 5 thousand each. Likewise, Rs 10 thousand each will be awarded as incentives to 146 winners of the block-level competitions, Rs 50 thousand would be awarded to each of the winners of the district level competition, and the State-level winner will be awarded Rs 5 lakh, the first runner up  will be awarded Rs 3 lakh and the second runner up at the state-level would be awarded Rs 2 lakh. Similarly, about 7 thousand Ramayana Mandalis registered on Chinhari portal will be given an incentive amount of Rs 5 thousand each for purchasing musical instruments. Scholarships will be given to 101 young artists every year under the Scholarship Scheme 2021. Under Guru Shishya Parampara, 56 selected trainees will be given a scholarship of five thousand rupees per month. Likewise, 30 students selected for school education will be provided scholarship of Rs 8 thousand rupees per month and 15 students selected for higher education will be provided 10 thousand rupees per month.

Secretary, Culture Department, informed in the meeting that to preserve the memories of Swami Vivekananda’s stay in Raipur, Swami Vivekananda Memorial Building is being constructed in the capital city to preserve and showcase Swami Vivekananda’s biography, his spiritual journey,  and his visit to Raipur. Separate galleries are being built to showcase Swami Vivekananda’s foreign tours and his impact on Indian culture. He also informed that Chhattisgarh Cultural Space Center would be developed at Purkhauti Muktangan in Nava Raipur, wherein Bharat Bhawan, Manav Sangrahalaya Bhawan, Archives building would be built on 10 acres in Purkhauti Muktangan museum complex. He informed that the preparations for the National Tribal Dance Festival 2021 have been started by the department. He informed that to promote Chhattisgarhi cuisine in all the district headquarters of the state, the cafeterias of Gadhkalewa have been started from 15th August 2020.


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