Rajasthan govt to set up artists database

Jaipur, Oct 8 (IANS) The state government has decided to make a database of artists through crowdsourcing across Rajasthan. It will be the first state in the country to take this initiative.

Mugdha Sinha, Secretary, Art and Culture Department, and Director General, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, said that her department had launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Lok Kalakar Protsahan Yojana’ (Chief Minister’s Folk Artist Encouragement Scheme) on April 11, 2020 to extend help to the artists.

She said that details about the artists across the state will be collected through crowdsourcing, meaning the government will utilise the labour, information etc contributed by the general public, often via the Internet.

Sinha said that Art, Literature and Culture Minister B D Kalla will launch this initiative at 11 a.m. on October 10. The Call for Artist Database includes basic details along with genre of art form including performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, dying arts, wandering arts (ghoomantu), folk arts, tribal arts and others.

She said, “Reaching out to and involving stakeholder artists themselves in collecting this data through Google Form is truly participative policy making and inclusive approach. With the database of artists, the government can extend the necessary help to them.”

Performing artists’ options in music include vocalist, instrumentalists and others; Performing arts options in films/television include actor/actress, director, producer/line producer, script writer, make-up artists and others; performing art options in dance include classical, contemporary, western, folk, tribal and others, and performing art options in other art forms include drama/theatre/nukkad natak/tamasha, trapeze artist or nats.

Similarly, visual art option in paint arts include water colour, oil/acrylic, sketch art, mandala art, print making, woodcut, embroidery art, digital art, graphic art and others; Visual art options in other art forms include sculpture, ceramics, pottery including blue pottery, textile block makers, rangoli/mandana/floor or wall art, jewellery thewa or minakari or kundan, tattoo/godna and others.

Literary art options include writer, translator, editor, publisher, poet and genealogist, while wandering minstrel of ghoomantu includes Kesh sajja artists, circus, puppetry, behroopias and others. The other heuristic (handcraft genres) includes knitting, embroidery, crochet, shuttle, photography, carpentry and others.

Sinha informed that how to fill the Google Form will be demonstrated as part of the launch. The form can be e-mailed to artistdatabasejkk@gmail.com for which the last date is November 10.



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