The Assam government on December 17 has announced that the state will provide Rs 50,000 each as one time grant to 2,000 artists and technicians of the state.

Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley informed that his department would soon implement the scheme following the direction of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The state government decided to offer the financial assistance under ‘Silpi Sambardhana’ and ‘Bhramyaman Theatre Silpi Aru Kala-Kushali Achoni’ and both these schemes would cover a total of 2,000 artists and technicians.

Nagaranam, Ojapali artists along with folk artists of different indigenous art forms of various communities and tribes of the state would be provided the one-time financial grant under ‘Silpi Sambardhana’ scheme. Grassroots artists would also be brought under its ambit.

On the other hand, the state government has also decided to offer financial assistance to artists and technicians engaged in mobile theatre groups considering the contribution of mobile theatres to the cultural landscape of the state. “The financial assistance schemes are expected to encourage the artists and technicians to engage in their creative pursuits with renewed vigour,” a government statement said.

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