Union Government issued guidelines for Selection of Dance Productions for Festival of India abroad

Union Ministry of Culture on 4 July 2014 issued guidelines for Selection of Dance Productions for Festival of India abroad.

Jul 24, 2014 16:27 IST
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Union Ministry of Culture on 4 July 2014 issued guidelines for Selection of Dance Productions for Festival of India abroad. The guidelines were issued with an aim to streamline the outsourced productions and transparent choices of artists and choreographers while maintaining international quality parameters.

New Guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Culture

Dance Schools under the Union Ministry of Culture:

  • The dance schools under the Ministry of Culture should present in-house productions by their repertory represented by students and faculty. These dance schools are Kalakshetra Foundation, Kathak Kendra, Sattariya Kendra (Guwahati) and Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academy (Imphal).
  • If outsourced choreographers are used, the copyright of the dance production shall vest with the institution and the dancers used shall be from the institution.

Other Dance Schools falling outside the Ministry:

  • Should place a two step-process for selection of dance productions
  1. The first step shall be to create a graded resources list of performing groups by a specialist committee;
  2. The second step is recommendation of performances for Festivals of India abroad
  • The nomination of graded resources list are restricted to ballet
  • The graded resources list shall be prepared on an bi-annual basis and updated on an bi-annual basis
  • Kalakshetra Foundation will prepare the graded resources list on a bi-annual basis for Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Gujarat.
  • The graded resources list for the remaining States will be prepared by Sangeet Natak Akademi.


The new guidelines have come in for criticism from eminent classical dancers from south India. It is critiqued that under the new guidelines artists will never appear for this nature of audition. As a result, the Government would lose out on some of the best artistic dance presentations of Southern, Western and Eastern India.

Besides, it is critiqued that responsibility of selecting artists cannot rest with one institution which may not be competent to evaluate art and artists from different States and traditions.

Also, the selection should be done by a board of eminent artists and not by the heads of established institutions

About Festivals of India abroad

Festivals of India abroad were revived by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2013. The participation to the Festival of India by Ministry of Culture was hitherto restricted to Kalakshetra Foundation and Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Since October 2013, the Ministry conducted Festivals of India abroad in Peru, Cuba, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

In 2014 Festivals of India abroad have been proposed in China, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, and SAARC countries.

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