AFTER HECTIC lobbying, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s cultural brigade has finally prevailed upon the State Government to reconstitute the Bharat Bhavan Trust.
The new body is likely to be announced by month end. Before that, the Culture Department is going to nominate heads of the three sections in the multi-arts complex - Rangmandal (theatre), Rupankar (fine arts) and Vagarth (poetry).
According to sources, Daya Prakash Sinha is the frontrunner for the post of Bharat Bhavan Trust chairman. He was here as chief executive officer (CEO) during the Patwa regime between 1990-92.
Commissioner, Culture, Pankaj Rag confirmed the move to reconstitute the trust but pleaded ignorance about likelihood of D P Sinha being its chairman.
Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma too said as of now Sinha is not in the reckoning. “Since you are asking me about Sinha’s appointment, let me tell you this issue has not come up for discussion so far. We shall only be appointing six nominees of the State Government in the Trust to initiate process of its reconstitution”, Sharma told Hindustan Times.
However, sources said, Sinha along with Nirala Srijan Peeth director Rameshwar Mishra ‘Pankaj’ and MP Sahitya Akademi director Devendra ‘Deepak’ is working on modalities of the Trust reconstitution.
The BJP Government, which was initially mulling dissolution of the Trust and introduction of a new legislation in the State Assembly providing for Chief Minister as its ex-officio chairman, is understood to have dropped the idea.
Instead, it is going to appoint its six nominees in the Trust, who would, later, pick rest of the trustees. The Trust, constituted by Digvijay Singh Government following agitation by artistes for autonomy to Bharat Bhavan, is defunct for years now. The State Government is controlling its affairs.
For constitution of Trust , the then Government had nominated six artistes, who not only worked out the Trust deed but also finalised names of other trustees.
The BJP Government is working on the same plan but a group of artistes point out that the deed provided for nomination in the Trust by the State Government for once only and later, the artistes comprising the Trust, will pick up trustees to fill vacancies arising from time to time.
However, as the Trust is defunct the State Government should dissolve it and bring a new Bill for its reconstitution, they opine.