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:
Other Dance Schools falling outside the Ministry:
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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When: 4 July 2014