But the scenario appears to be changing in recent times with Bihar’s Art and Culture department taking initiative to recognise contributions of renowned artistes from the state.
The department recently honoured 24 artistes who have brought laurels to the state. Prominent among them was popular artist Subodh Gupta and theatre personality Satish Anand.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, announced that the artistes would also get preference in government jobs.
Noted painter Birendra Ghosh, litterateur Robin Shaw Pushp and musician Purushottam Das Rastogi were each provided with Rs 51,000 from the Artistes’ Welfare Fund.
The Chief Minister also said that the government would provide up to Rs 5 lakh for treatment of ailing artistes.
The Art and Culture Ministry, incidentally, is at present being headed by Vinay Bihari, an independent legislator, who has been a popular lyricist-composer of Bhojpuri cinema. He has also produced a Bhojpuri film, Pyaar Mohabbat Zindabad, which stars about a dozen fellow legislators who play different roles.
Courtesy: Mail Today