Funds for Theatre



Funds for Theatre 
Ministry of Culture through its various schemes provides grant-in-aid to all types of artists viz. Drama, Dance, Music, Acting etc. and are not specific to theatre personalities only and accordingly the budgetary provisions are made. However, Sangeet Natak Academy, an autonomous organization of Ministry of Culture during the last 3 years has allocated Rs. 18.50 lakh for Rang Prithibha Punjab in Patiala during 2012, Rs. 160 lakh to Natya Samagama, Agartala and Rs. 5.52 lakh per year since 2011 for training programme in Prahlad Natak.


Sangeet Natak Academy has awarded a number of theatre personalities from different States of the country including West Bengal, since its inception. Shri Murari Ray Choudhury and Shri Anubha Fatehpuria, from West Bengal have been awarded for Theatre Music 2012 and Yuva Puraskar in Acting for 2013-14 respectively during last three years.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Academic Collaboration in Indology 
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organized an International Conference on Indology from November 21-23, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi which was attended by 22 foreign and 7 Indian Indologists as presenters and nearly 50 Indian Indologists as observers. The discussions in the conference covered (i) Indological Studies in Historical Perspective (ii) Sanskrit Literature- Past and Present (iii) Sanskrit Drama- Theory and Practice (iv) Indian Philosophical Thought, and (v) Indian Art and Architecture.

The conference reinforced the Indian civilizational values and promoted study of Indology abroad and at home besides bringing together varied perspectives of foreign Indologists on the understanding of India and Indian studies, together on one platform.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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No Encroachment of Indus Valley Sites at Alamgirpur in Baghpat 
Ancient Site at Alamgirpur in district Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh) has been declared as centrally protected under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Although the site belongs to late Harrapan phase, it is not 5000 year old. The Site is free from any encroachment.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Identification of Archaeological Site in Kaushambi 
In Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh, the following monuments have been declared protected and are preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

1. Fort attributed to Jay Chandra, Karra Tehsil- Sirathu, District Kaushambi
2. The ancient fortress, Kosam, Tehsil Manjhampur, District Kaushambi
3. Artificial cave in the fane of the hill of Pabhosa, Tehsil- Manjhampur, District Kaushambi
4. Traces of a large brick building on the summit of Pabhosa hill, Pabhosa, Tehsil-Manjhampur, District Kaushambi

The conservation work on these monuments is attended regularly depending upon the need of repairs as well as availability of resources and they are in a good state of preservation.

As per Ancient Monument Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958, an area of 100 mtrs. from protected boundary has been declared as prohibited area and an area of 200 mtrs. further beyond prohibited limit has been declared as regulated area, in which construction activities are regulated. New constructions are not allowed in prohibited area. However, there is no restriction on sale and purchase of land.

As far as Kaushambi is concerned it has not been proposed to connect it with the Buddhist circuit so far.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 
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National Mission on Libraries 
                                               

The Scheme “National Mission on Libraries – Upgradation of Libraries – providing services to the public” has been approved with a total outlay of Rs.400 Crores for the 12th Plan period.

The components of the National Mission on Libraries (NML) are (i) Creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) (ii) Setting up of NML model libraries (iii) Quantitative and Qualitative Survey of Libraries and (iv) Capacity Building. Under the Scheme, the Mission will upgrade infrastructure of selected libraries and upgrade technology in 35 State Central Libraries and 35 District Libraries (to be identified by State Governments) and 6 Libraries under the Ministry of Culture. So far, 11 State Central Libraries and 11 District Libraries have been identified. Six Libraries under the Ministry of Culture are : (i) Delhi Public Library, Delhi (ii) Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna (iii) National Library, Kolkata (iv) Central Secretariat Library(v) Rampur Raza Library, Uttar Pradesh (vi) Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Tamil Nadu. The proposals of 12 states have been approved and fund released to three states. The details of State Central Libraries and District Libraries in 12 States approved for upgradation of infrastructure and technology under NML are given below:-

There is no scope of establishment of new libraries under the scheme of National Mission on Libraries. Approved Project estimate for upgradation of the above libraries is given below:- 

Sr. No.
State/UT
Name of the Libraries
Approved Project Estimate
(in Rs. Lakhs)
1
Uttar Pradesh
State Central Library, Allahabad
206.00
Government District Library, Etawah
87.00
2
Orissa
HKM State Library, Bhubaneshwar
223.00
District Library, Ganjam
40.36
3
Goa
Krishnadas shama State Central Library
223.00
Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes District Library
87.00
4
Karnataka
State Central Library, Bangalore
223.00
District Central Library, Shivamogga
87.00
5
West Bengal
State Central Library, Kolkata
222.81
North Bengal State Library, Coochbehar
86.98
6
Telangana
State Central Library, Afzalganj, Hyderabad
112.25
District Library, Mehboob Nagar
52.00
7
Chattisgarh
District Library, Raigarh
87.00
District Library, Danteywada
87.00
8
Tripura
Birchandra State Central Library, Agartala
223.00
Unakoti District Library, Kailashahar
87.00
9
Arunachal Pradesh
State Central Library, Itanagar
223.00
District Library, Pasighat
87.00
10
Mizoram
State Central Library, Aizawal
100.00
District Library, Kolasib
50.00
11
Rajasthan
State Central Library, Jaipur
100.83
12
Gujarat
State Central Library, Gandhinagar
106.01

Libraries under the Ministry of Culture

Sr. No.
Name of Libraries
Approved Project Estimate (in Rs. Lakhs)
1
Delhi Public Library, Delhi
234.38
2
Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna
398.78
3
Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur
691.22
4
National Library, Kolkata
426.84
5
Central Secretariat Library, Delhi
452.38


This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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