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No tiatr fraternity at first council meet
August 22, 2012
MARGAO: The newly-constituted Ravindra Bhavan General Council headed by Damu Naik had its first meeting on Tuesday sans any representation to the tiatr fraternity.
The council chairman, however, was quick to announce that the government has inducted two members of the tiatr fraternity on the panel and the notification will
come any time from now. “Two members of the tiatr fraternity have been inducted on the panel. A notification to this effect will be published soon”, Damu said, while trying to play down the controversy over the non-inclusion of tiatrist on the panel.
When newsmen brought up the issue at the press briefing, Damu said it is a small issue which has been raked up by “someone” and which now stands settled.
He said the government would inducted additional members on the panel representing institutions in due course of time.
Meanwhile, the first meeting has decided to fund various programs mooted by the Council to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore to Rs two crore.
“A budgetary provision of Rs 20 lakh has been made to groom young artists in the field of dance and music on the lines of Little Champ. Besides, Rs five lakh has been earmarked for theater workshop, besides Rs 15 lakh for a film festival in Konkani and Marathi in the month of December after IFFI”, he said.
A provision of Rs one lakh was made for one act play competition for schools and colleges, besides provision for a Tiatr festival.
It has been decided that Ravindra Bhavan will bring out an album containing songs of local artists. “Ravindra Bhavan should be an academy. We will try to give Ravindra Bhavan a new look. Good decisions of the previous government will be carried forward”, Damu told newsmen.