Kalakar Association highlights issues of artists

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 8: Kalakar Association has highlighted various issues of the artists and has demanded pension for the senior artists of J&K.
In a press conference here today Urja Singh, president of the Association said that different organizations like Doordarshan, Regional Outreach Bureau, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and NZCC has demoralized the artists by changing their pattern of allotment of programmes to the artists.
She also said that blue eyed groups are favoured in allotting the programmes by these organizations and there is no accountability.
Singh also said that the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages has been giving pension of Rs. 2,500 to elder artists who have given precious time of their lives to promote the art and culture of J&K but the same pension has been stopped without any reason.
She said that the pension should be restored soon.
On this occasion the Association declared its team with Urja Sing being the president; Tsewanj Dorje, Veena Dogra—both general secretaries; Deepak Kumar, joint secretary; Tejinder Singh Premi, secretary; Usha Slathia, publicity secretary; Paramjeet Singh, PRO; Neelam Malvi, cashier; Vishal Sharma, Vijay Jittu, Neelam Gandotra and Vinay Sultan—executive members.
Narinder Bhardwaj has been elected as Choreographers president; Santosh Sangra, Theatre president; Mohinder Soni, Music president; Deepak Raghuvanshi, Private School Music/Arts president; Kamal Wadera, Jagran president.
Vijay Malla, Lalita Tapasvi and Ramesh Singh Chib were made Advisors.