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Ravi Shankar thanks PM for support to artistes' cause

Joining the Indian artistes’ fight for recognition of their creative rights, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express his gratitude for the government’s “unstinting support” to the cause.

mumbai Updated: Dec 15, 2010 23:46 IST
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Joining the Indian artistes’ fight for recognition of their creative rights, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express his gratitude for the government’s “unstinting support” to the cause.

The Bharat Ratna awardee’s letter comes in the wake of the Standing Committee of Parliament unanimously recommending the enactment of proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957, that will allow artistes including musicians and lyricists to get royalties for the commercial exploitation of their creative work.

“Your government’s efforts to ensure artistes are recognised as stakeholders in the Indian creative industry, in the face of sustained pressure from vested interests, has resulted in members of the Standing Committee of Parliament, cutting across party lines, coming out in unanimous support for provisions in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which aim to alleviate the lot of artistes in India,” Ravi Shankar wrote from California, where he resides with his wife Sukanya.

Ravi Shankar has also written to HRD minister, Kapil Sibal, and MP NK Singh to thank them for the consistent and fair support extended to protect Indian artistes from the “predatory practices” existing in the creative industry.