Karnataka Lalithakala Academy Chairman C.S. Krishna Setty on Sunday urged the government to appoint members to the academy at the earliest.

The academy could function effectively and begin its programmes and activities after the members were appointed, he explained.

Addressing mediapersons here at Vartha Bhavan, he expressed his desire to bring about a change in the functioning of the academy by introducing time-bound programmes.

Mr. Setty said the academy needed a makeover while retaining tested and relevant policies. Traditional and contemporary arts would get equal priority.

Renaming

A decision had been taken to request the government to rename the academy the ‘Karnataka Drushyakala Academy' (drushyakala: visual arts) as separate academies had been constituted to promote various art forms such as performing arts and sculpture. The name should reflect the function of the academy, he added.

Mr. Setty said steps had been taken to prepare a “vision document”, specifying the academy's objectives and ethics, including transparency, in its functioning. The means to achieve its goals would be incorporated in it.

‘Watchdog'

He said a committee comprising eminent artists from outside the academy would be formed to guide the academy in its functioning. The committee would act as a “watchdog” and meet once a year or whenever the need arose, he explained.

A website of the academy would be launched soon with information on the artists and their works with images; information about the academy and its activities, the history of traditional and contemporary art of Karnataka and so on.

With a view to bridge the gap between the public and contemporary or modern art, workshops would be conducted in various parts of the State. Steps would be also taken to establish fine arts clubs in colleges, he said, adding that art activities would be supported to encourage talent in students.

He said a proposal had been sent to the government to enhance the cash component given to senior artists as part of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000.

It was also proposed that the cash component in the award given to the winners of annual art exhibitions be increased to Rs. 25,000 from Rs. 5,000.

Mr. Setty said the government had also been requested to increase the allocation to the academy from Rs. 45 lakh to Rs. 2 crore.

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