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Rare honour for state artistes

The state art and culture department has decided to honour artistes, who have carved a place for themselves in their respective fields, and encourage budding talents to carry forward cultural and traditional legacy of Jharkhand.

The award, Sanskritik Samman, will be given to experienced and renowned artistes — both tribal and non-tribal — from the field of music, dance, drama, handicraft, painting and sculpture, filmmaking etc.

The department is inviting entries from probable candidates for the financial year of 2014-2015. While applications can be sent till August 25, the names of short-listed candidates will be announced by September 15.

Assistant director (art and culture) Vijay Paswan said a four-member committee, comprising department officials and acclaimed artistes, would examine the entries for the final selection on the basis of their experience, achievements and talents.

According to him, a total of 25 artistes would be selected under two broad categories — the lifetime achievement and the general award. While the persons selected in the first category will be given Rs 50,000 and a certificate each, general awardees will receive Rs 25,000 and a certificate each.

Paswan said the department would give priority to senior and acclaimed artistes, who had not got due recognition for their work.

“Only those can apply who are well recognised for their talent but have never been felicitated. However, we will also encourage new artistes who are known in social circles for their creativity and talent. Also, those who have performed at national and state level cultural functions and competitions will also be considered,” he told The Telegraph.

Painter Haren Thakur, however, urged the officials to ensure that the selection process should be fair and transparent.