OTHERS

Corpus set up for the welfare of artistes

BANGALORE AUG. 26. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, said here on Tuesday that the Government had set up a corpus to help artistes and doubled the honorarium given to them to Rs. 500. The State was paying honorarium to 4,000 theatre artistes, he added.

In his speech read out in his absence at a convention of theatre persons organised by the Kannada Vedike, Mr. Krishna said such State-level conventions would be held every year. In October, a samavesha would be held in Dharwad.

Stating that the Government was making efforts to aid the theatre movement, he said the Department of Kannada and Culture was giving Rs. 5,000 a show. He promised that the Gubbi Veeranna Award would be given only to professional theatre artistes.

He said it was the duty of society to support theatre, and regretted that the changing pace and variety of other art forms had destabilised theatre.

The Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, Rani Satish, said the department would bring out a compendium on theatre artistes so that the names and addresses of all of them would be easily available.

She would recommend that sites be allotted to theatre artistes under the Ashraya Scheme and a group insurance evolved for them. She would also try to urge the Chief minister to provide bus passes to theatre artistes.

B. Saroja Devi, film actress, who felicitated the artistes, said she would give a matching grant if the Chief Minister announced financial assistance to them. "When the Government can give money to so many sectors, why can't it pay the artistes also," she asked.

Ms. Saroja Devi felicitated Nagarathnamma, Srirama Naidu, Basheer, G.V. Iyer, Yenagi Balappa, and H.T. Urs for their contribution to the field of theatre.

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