Bengal government to elevate artistes, help them earn livelihood – art and culture


The West Bengal government has made up our minds to elevate artistes and performers to make certain that they get to earn their livelihood, amid the pandemic-induced crisis.

Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said on Saturday that there won’t be any ceiling on the number of people that could attend open air shows and programmes, given they adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

“The state government is in favour of promoting artistes involved in different form of arts, such as jatra, stag theatre, recitation, in order that they get the maximum possibility to earn a livelihood,” Bandopadhyay said.

Final month, the government had granted permission to reopen cinema halls and theatres.

“In closed theatres, there’s a restriction on the number of people that could attend the show. In case of open air auditoriums, then again, there is not any such restriction. We would like the artistes to take advantage of this possibility,” the chief secretary said.

There are lakhs of performers in the state who are finding it difficult to eke out a living, and the government is sympathetic towards their plight, he said.

“We have asked the Kolkata Commissioner of Police, the DG and all district magistrates, SPs to allow open-air theatre performances, while maintaining Covid-19 safety protocols,” he added.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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