Be it in Ahmedabad or Agartala, performing artists will soon have a space to call their own. These studio theatre spaces or performing spaces and 'baithaks' for musicians, vocalists and other performing artists all across the Indian town and cities will be set up to benefit the cause of theatre, culture minister Kumari Selja has announced.
"Already there has been overwhelming response to this from all across the country. Although we haven't decided the total numbers of such spaces, it will also depend on the number of applications that we receive," Selja said.
"An expert committee will meet on Wednesday to take this scheme further," she said.
Cultural groups can now build their own creative spaces with a grant from the ministry of up to Rs 50 lakh in metros and up to Rs 25 lakh in other places.
The studio theatre project is part of a slew of seven schemes devised by the culture ministry to preserve and propagate Indian cultural heritage.
"About 150 applications have been also received for recognition under the newly formed National Monuments Authority (NMA)," the minister added.
NMA has been set up under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, to stop the rampant encroachment and construction around the monuments and other sites of archeological importance.
On Monday, India became one of the nine new state parties elected for four years on the World Heritage Committee where the country received 111 votes--the second highest after Japan.
The culture ministry is preparing for a busy year ahead in view of the commemorative events of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Madan Mohan Malviya, Motilal Nehru besides marking 150 years of the Archaeological Survey of India.
"About 14,000 of the DVD collection containing Tagore's stories and film works, have already been sold and continues to be in high demand," the minister added.
This DVD set has been prepared in collaboration with the information and broadcasting ministry.
The first Tagore award for promoting values of universal brotherhood, of Rs 1 crore, announced by the finance minister in his budget speech this year, will be anounced on May 7.