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Delhi Government increases scholarships for Advancing Arts Practice

In an apparent move to support budding artists and artists with disabilities, the Delhi Government had recently announced that the number and amount of scholarships for Advancing Arts Practice, according to an NDTV report. Quoting a statement issued by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, the report said, “To make arts policy more inclusive, the Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi government has introduced a number of new programmes and broadened the scope of existing ones.”

Inclusive Funding

Elaborating on the schemes in detail, Sisodia, also the Art, Culture, and Languages Minister, said that his Government’s main aim was to make art practice and funding more inclusive and not just follow hierarchies. “While on the one hand supporting artists practicing traditional arts is important, it is equally important for us to acknowledge newer forms of expressions of the common people and support that. Why have hierarchies in arts if our aim to build an equal society?” Sisodia asked.

Highlights

  • Introduction of new categories like community arts, visual arts and research in art development
  • Broadening the scope of music, theatre, and dance categories by including newer forms like folk, hip-hop, rap along with traditional art forms
  • Ten reserved scholarships in each category for artists with disability, and the inclusion of contemporary mediums like video-making, photography, digital art along with painting.

Last Date

As per the new scheme, a candidate who applies at Sahitya Kala Parishad and receives one of the limited seats in a category can get a scholarship of Rs. 4,000 per month for visual arts, dance, theatre, music and community arts, and Rs. 12,000 per month for research and arts development, noted the report and added that the last date to apply at Sahitya Kala Parishad is September 10, 2018, and forms can be downloaded from its official website,” Manish Sisodia’s office said.

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