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‘Rajasthan artists get a raw deal from culture centre’

jaipur Updated: May 06, 2017 20:29 IST
HT Correspondent
Artists said funds released for the Jawahar Kala Kendra  have not benefitted Rajasthani talents.

Artists said funds released for the Jawahar Kala Kendra have not benefitted Rajasthani talents.(HT Photo)

The Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) is neglecting artists of Rajasthan and catering to those from outside the state, said artists from Jaipur at a press conference here on Saturday.

The JKK was established to nurture art and artists of the state.

“Funds for the centre have increased but none of the Rajasthani artists has benefitted. I call it criminal wastage of public money,” said Dr Ravi Chaturvedi, an art critic and a professor of mass communication.

He claimed that the JKK building, designed by architect Charles Correa, has been altered without consulting experts.

Ranvir Singh, national president of Indian People’s Theatre Association, said the constitution of the JKK has been changed by the new management. “The change in the constitution is illegal. The general council, which was earlier supposed to have eight artists, is now ruled mostly by businessmen who have nothing to do with art,” he said.

JKK director general Pooja Sood said the changes in the building have been made after approval by an architect appointed by Correa.

On inclusion of industrialists in the general council, she said, “The centre needs to have people who can fund the centre.”

Singh said the minimum qualification of the director general has been reduced from 30 years of experience in the discipline to 10 years.

Artists plan to take a march from JKK to Ravindra Manch to register their protest.