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Fees hiked for entertainment shows, plays

mumbai Updated: Oct 14, 2010 03:05 IST
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The state government has decided to cash in on the various live performances and entertainment shows.

The state’s tourism and cultural affairs department has decide to hike the annual pre screening fees for such events from 25 to 50 per cent.

Everything from magic shows, dandiya programmes, plays, live orchestra, musical programmes will see a hike in this one time fee.

All such programmes need a certification from the state stating that the show is fit for public viewing. In most cases, this hike is unlikely to pinch your pocket.

For instance, entertainment shows organised in hotels and gymkhanas to large audiences like music concerts will now have to pay a fee of Rs 5,000 from the earlier Rs 2,500.

Similarly, one day programmes organised in hotels for a day on events like Diwali, New Year’s will have to pay up Rs 1000 for every such show.

“The hike is not major. In majority of the cases, there will be no impact on the consumer,’’ said a bureaucrat on condition of anonymity.

Some of the cases where fees have gone up include experimental theatre where fee has increased from Rs 150 to 250. The biggest hike has been for performance of Marathi songs from Rs 25 to Rs 250.

The government order issued on Tuesday says that the revenues from this will be collected under education, sports and cultural affairs head. The state expects a revenue of around Rs 10 crore from such fees.