National School of Drama to get a new lease of life
Prestigious National School of Drama is all set to open its regional centre in the city soon. So far, the centre was operational on an ad-hoc basis here.
Here's a good news for the drama connoisseurs of Bangalore. The prestigious National School of Drama (NSD) centre, which was running on an ad-hoc basis in Bangalore, will soon become official regional centre of NSD. Union minister of culture Kumari Selja on Tuesday said her ministry was working on a proposal to set up five new regional centres of the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD) including Bangalore. The minister said the proposal to create the regional centres was based on the recommendations of the broad based committee of the NSD.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Selja said the Bangalore centre had already been made operational on an ad hoc basis. The remaining centres can come up only after suitable accommodation is made available by the state governments concerned, she said. She said a proposal by a group of classical artistes under the umbrella of the All India Musicians' Group (AIMG) to start a separate television channel for culture ‘was under consideration in consultation with the ministry of information and broadcasting’.
She also said the ministry of culture operates two plan schemes for financial assistance to museums that were in need for support. The ‘financial assistance for setting up, promotion and strengthening of regional and local museums’ envisages financial assistance of up to Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 2.50 crore for development of infrastructure of existing museums. Under the government scheme, assistance is also provided to government and non-government organisations which propose to establish new museums at the regional and local levels, she added.
The culture minister said that under the ‘Modernisation of museums in metro cities’ scheme, four museums – National Museum in New Delhi, Indian Museum in Kolkata, Egmore Museum in Chennai and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai – have been identified for modernisation. An amount of Rs. 1.83 crore had been spent under the scheme in 2010-2011 (as on Feb 15), the minister said. The other cities to have the NSD regional centres include Kolkata, Maharashtra/Goa, Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.