Minister launches fund for veteran artistes
Tourism Minister A. P. Anil Kumar has said the government is planning to formulate a few tourism development projects that focus on the art forms of the State.
He was addressing a meeting here on Saturday to inaugurate a six-day dance festival being organised by the Kalabharathi Foundation for Indian Culture and Heritage that featured young performers.
Labour Minister Shibu Baby John said the government wanted to formulate a scheme to support veteran artistes. “The services of cultural organisations may also be sought in this connection,” he added.
He wondered why many winners of State Schools Youth Festival did not take art seriously after their school days.
“A system should be formulated to promote their talent after their school days and ensure that they contribute meaningfully to art and culture,” he said.
He presented a lifetime achievement award, instituted by the foundation, to veteran Carnatic vocalist Thrissur R. Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. He also launched ‘Ashraya Nidhi’, a fund for veteran artistes.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA,Mayor I. P. Paul, Guruvayur Devaswom chairman T. V. Chandramohan, actor Jayaraj Warrier and K. I. Shebeer of the foundation also spoke.
Mohiniyattam recitals by Rachana Narayanankutty and Meera Sreenarayanan, and a Kuchipudi performance by Pratheeksha Kashi followed the meeting.
The programmes to be conducted in the coming days include: April 28: Kathak by Ruhi Masodkar, Nagpur; Bharatanatyam by Nrithya Pillai, Chennai, Mohiniyattam by RLV Ramakrishnan and Odissi by Moumitha Ghosh, New Delhi.s
April 29: Kuchipudi by Sneha; Bharatanatyam by Gowri Sagar; Manipuri by Surajit Deb Barma, Tripura; Bharatanatyam, led by Chatura Gamini; April 30: Bharatanatyam by Kianmayee Madupu, Hyderabad; Mohiniyattam by Saji Menon, Mumbai; and Bharatanatyam by Manju V. Nair.