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Folk artistes' meet begins on January 8

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Chamarajanagar: President of the Akhila Karnataka Janapada Kalavidara Okkoota Veeresh Ballari has said the State-level second folk artistes' mahasammelan will be held on January 8 and 9 at the J.H. Patel Bhavan here. A souvenir called Dharege Doddavaru will be released to commemorate the occasion. Go.Ru.Channabasappa will preside over the mahasammelan.

He has urged the Government to frame a new cultural policy to facilitate the progress of folk artistes of State. He told presspersons that the Government should give an opportunity to folk artistes to showcase their talent in national and international programmes.

He urged the Government to extend free bus facility, Ashraya scheme, health insurance and pension facility to folk artistes. He said the job opportunities should be provided through KPSC to those who have obtained folklore diploma and post-graduation from various universities. He said the Government should take initiatives to construct folklore research centres and cultural complexes at four revenue divisions in the State. He urged the Government to fix honorarium of Rs. 30,000 for folk artistes.

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