Economic balance sheet of theatre artistes in crisis

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Jamshedpur, April 8: While the economic scenario all around the globe does not at all paint a rosy picture, human concern for the  most affected is pouring out in many humanitarian forms to prove that all is  not lost on the world fraternity front. The central and state governments, NGOs and socio cultural organizations are putting shoulder to shoulder to ward off the tirade of one of the worst international calamities of all times.

But most theatre workers who have held the banner of Jharkhand’s cultural heritage aloft across the country and continue to provide innumerable talents in various genres of the performing media in the tinsel towns of India, have been more or less an ignored lot during this lockdown period. They have no other source of livelihood and are being forced to stay home In conditions not conducive to the sprouting of creative ideas.

Ravikant  Mishra, an avowed and compulsive theater worker, script writer, director and actor has written to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, narrating the sordid and  miserable state of the artistes in Kolhan Region. Ravi, speaking to this correspondent stated, “As it is, not all theatre artistes are financially well off. Most teams share the income generated through play presentations. Street Cor ner plays ( Nukkad Natak) are performed by us and the grants we get from government  agencies help us to keep our body and soul together. Our themes are based on social taboos and we get to perform a lot in rural and semi urban areas. But after the imposition of lockdown, neither can we hold training classes or workshops nor can we put up shows. As a result, our sources of income have dwindled and there is not a trace of light at the end of this tunnel.”

This is the fate of many theatre units in this region. A layman only hopes that the Chief Minister known for his concern in the right areas, takes cognizance of Ravikant Mishra’s appeal and provides constructive solutions. Till then, the economic balance sheet of theatre artistes will continue to remain lopsided till the end of the lockdown period and beyond. These are performers bereft of any facility — not to speak of BPL Cards and other allied facilities.

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