TAMIL NADU

Identity cards for 924 artistes

THANJAVUR, MARCH 17 . Identity cards have been issued to 924 artistes — folk, traditional and modern — by the Thanjavur Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, according to a release issued here today by the District Art Society.

These artists were 18 years old and have completed five years in performing arts. Government issued orders to issue identity cards to these artistes from 2002-2003. Accordingly identity cards had been issued to 873 folk artistes, 37 traditional artistes and 14 modern artistes.

Those artistes, who attained the age of 18 and completed five years in performing arts, but had not got identity cards, can apply to the Office of the Regional Director, Art and culture, No. 5, Manimehalai Street, Muthamizh Nagar, Medical College Road, Thanjavur and register themselves for getting the identity cards by paying Rs. 30 as registration fees, the release said.

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