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WELL DONE: Collector T. Soundaiah, second from left, presenting the overall shield to the students of Government Music School in Tiruchi on Friday. —
WELL DONE: Collector T. Soundaiah, second from left, presenting the overall shield to the students of Government Music School in Tiruchi on Friday. —

Staff Reporter

“Drama artistes in the State find it difficult to eke out a livelihood”

TIRUCHI: The South Zone Cultural Centre in Thanjavur has submitted a proposal to the Centre for sanctioning pension to senior artistes living in penury, Centre Director K.V. Giridhar said.

Speaking at a function to mark the annual day of the Government Music School and the Jawahar Bal Bhavan held here on Thursday, Mr. Giridhar said that among all the seven states falling under the jurisdiction of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Tamil Nadu excelled in every aspect in staging the plays.

Several drama artistes in the state were finding it difficult to eke out a livelihood. Hence, the South Zone Cultural Centre had sent a proposal to introduce a special pension scheme.

Calling upon the drama artistes to ensure quality in their plays as part of rejuvenating the plays, Mr. Giridhar said that he had convened a meeting of 1,500 artistes representing 78 drama-troupes at Thanjavur on April 8. The meeting, he said, would evolve the strategy for reviving the art of drama for which Tamil Nadu was noted.

Hailing the State Government’s efforts in promoting fine arts through the Music Schools, he advised the Regional Assisant Director of Art and Culture, R. Gunasekaran, to increase the number of students in the school in Tiruchi from the present 27 in all branches put together to at least 100 during the forthcoming year.

A team of officials from Andhra Pradesh has proposed to visit the state to ascertain the functioning of the Goverment Music Schools.

Collector T. Soundaiah, citing the lives of Azhwars and Nayanmars, traced the influence of music as a tool for developing devotion. He assured all possible assistance for the development of fine arts.

The Collector gave away prizes to winners in variuos competitions held as part of the celebrations.

He also honoured the Kalaimamani awardees Subramanian and Moorthy. Srinidhi, who has been selected for the ‘Ilanthiru’ award was also honoured on the occasion.

The function also featured a dance festival. Chinnamanur Sisters A. Chithra and A. Sujatha presented a dance performance.

Principal of the Music Shool M. N. Sathiyamoorthy and the Headmaster of K.A.P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School R. Rajendran were among those who spoke.

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