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West Bengal offers Rs1 crore grant for theatre, folk artistes

Coming to the aid of financially distressed theatre and folk artistes of the state, the West Bengal government on Friday announced a grant of around Rs.1 crore to select performers and groups.

‘We have listed certain artistes and groups from the state who are in a financially deplorable state, for the grants. Several of them had appealed to us also for help,’ higher education minister Bratya Basu said at a media conference here.

As part of the grant, 100 theatre groups will receive Rs 35,000 each, amounting to a total of Rs35 lakh.

According to Basu, 120 jatra performers will get Rs 7,000 each, totalling to Rs 8.4 lakh.

‘A total of 215 folk artists will be granted Rs 7,000 each, which sums up to Rs1,505,000. Similarly we have selected 100 folk groups across the districts, like chhau dancers etc., who will get Rs 5,000 each. This adds up to Rs 5 lakh,’ he said.
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