Kolkata: On the occasion of International Dance Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised her government’s initiative to promote folk dance forms of her state.
On Sunday, Banerjee said her government promotes 2 lakh folk artistes through the Lok Prasar Prakalpa programme.
“Today is International Dance Day. The #Bengal Govt promotes two lakh talented folk artistes, including Chhau performers, through the very successful Lok Prasar Prakalpa programme,” wrote the CM on Twitter.
Today is International Dance Day. The #Bengal Govt promotes two lakh talented folk artistes, including Chhau performers, through the very successful Lok Prasar Prakalpa programme
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 29, 2018
‘Lokprasar Prakalpo’ has been introduced by the Department of Information & Cultural Affairs with the inspiration of Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The main objectives of the project are – (I) to bestow dignity on folk artistes by issuing them identity cards, (2) to uphold the traditional folk forms of Bengal, (3) to revive nearly-extinct folk-forms of art and culture and (4) to uplift the socio economic conditions of artists associated with folk culture.
The programme also aims to issue identity cards to folk artistes. According to the government, 1,94,300 artistes have been provided with identity cards across the state and about 8,596 artistes above the age of 60 are receiving Rs. 1000 per month as pension.
The Chhau form of West Bengal is called Purulia Chhau due to its origin in the Purulia district of the state. Chhau is a semi-classical Indian folk dance form with roots in Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The dance form is martial in nature through which dancers recreate stories from Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata.