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Scholarships for advancing arts practice: Sahitya Kala Parishad

Sahitya Kala Parishad, the Cultural wing of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi for music, dance, drama & fine arts which has been engaged in the task of nurturing and fostering these arts and creating a cultural and artistic awareness in the Capital ever since its inception in 1968.

As one of the most interactive departments of the Delhi Government, Sahitya Kala Parishad for the past three decades and more has been carrying out its mandate with full vigor and dedication. The Parishad has, on one hand, revived and projected the age-old, time-tested traditions of the country and on the other hand, it has tried to encourage and provide a platform to the new and innovative trends in plastic and performing arts which represent our lives and times.

Parishad’s programmes are, at the same time, deep-rooted in traditions and also branching out towards open skies crossing the boundaries of caste, creed, color and geographic limits. Its projects and programmes concentrate more on youth, women and weaker sections of society.

Recently, the Delhi government increased the number and amount of scholarships for advancing arts practice, a move which will support budding artists and artists with disabilities.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister said,”To make arts policy more inclusive, the Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi government has introduced a number of new programmes and broadened the scope of existing ones.”

The highlights of the scheme include the introduction of new categories like community arts, visual arts and research in art development; broadening the scope of music, theatre and dance categories by including newer forms like folk, hip-hop, rap along with traditional art forms; 10 reserved scholarships in each category for artists with disability, and inclusion of contemporary mediums like video-making, photography, digital art along with painting.

Mr. Sisodia, Art, Culture and Languages Minister said,” his government’s main goal is to make art practice and funding more inclusive and not just follow hierarchies. “While on the one hand supporting artists practicing traditional arts is important, it is equally important for us to acknowledge newer forms of expressions of the common people and support that. Why have hierarchies in arts if our aim to build an equal society.”

As per the new scheme, a candidate who applies at Sahitya Kala Parishad and grabs one of the limited seats in a category can get a scholarship of Rs. 4,000 per month for visual arts, dance, theatre, music and community arts, and Rs. 12,000 per month for research and arts development. The last date to apply at Sahitya Kala Parishad is September 10 and forms can be downloaded from its official website.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCHEME:

The highlights of the scheme include an introduction of new categories like community arts

Visual arts and research in art development

Broadening the scope of music, theatre, and dance categories by including newer forms like folk, hip-hop, rap along with traditional art forms

10 reserved scholarships in each category for artists with disability

The inclusion of contemporary mediums like video-making, photography, digital art along with painting.

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