: The Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi has drawn up an action plan to revive public interest in dramas by providing stage and financial support to drama troupes in the State round the year.

“The plan is to stage 365 drama performances over 365 days of the year,” Minister for Cultural Affairs K.C. Joseph said here at a press conference on Thursday.

“As many as 52 drama troupes will get stage and financial support to perform for one week each. Inclusive of government subsidy, each troupe will receive a sum of Rs.2,60,000 under the programme.”

Opportunity

Elaborating the plan, akademi chairman Soorya Krishnamoorthy said each troupe would get an opportunity to stage its drama at six centres in the State during the week allotted to it.

On Mondays and Tuesday, it would be staged in Thiruvananthapuram, Wednesday in Kottayam, Thursday in Ernakulam, Friday in Malappuram, Saturday in Kozhikode and Sunday in Kanhangad.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy said the akademi also wanted to revive the “culture” of spectators buying tickets to watch dramas.

The ticket would cost Rs.20.

Medical scheme

The akademi had instituted a scheme to provide up to Rs.1,00,000 a year as medical assistance to ailing drama artistes, besides Rs.500 a week as sustenance allowance during the period of medical treatment.

In the event of death in accident, the bereaved family would get an insurance assistance of Rs.1,00,000, the Minister said.

Action plan to revive public interest in dramas by providing stage and financial support to drama troupes round the year, staging 365 drama performances over 365 days of the year.

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