Hyderabad: After issuing identification cards to the folk artists in the State, the Department of Language and Culture is making efforts to release bus passes and health cards to artists and their families in coming months.
On the concluding day of ‘Janapada Jatara-2017’ celebrations on Thursday, Advisor to the State government, K V Ramanachari said the ten-day folk festival organised in all districts of State between August 22 and 31, had gone a long way in helping out folk artists earn their livelihood.
“Not just Janapada Jatara, even Godavari and Krishna Pushakaralu, Ugadi festivities, Bathukamma festival, OU Centenary celebrations, Bonalu and many more State-run festivals have provided ample opportunities to folk artists in the State,” Ramanachari said.
Director of Department of Language and Culture, Mamidi Harikrishna said that worldwide August 22 was celebrated as ‘World Folklore Day’ but the State government decided to celebrate folk artists and their contribution by holding a series of cultural programmes for ten-days.
Chairman of Telangana Sahitya Academy, Nandini Sidda Reddy; Chairman of Grandhalaya Parishath, Ayachitam Sreedhar; president of Folk Artists Association, Srinivas Goud; and hundreds of folk artists were present at the concluding day celebrations.