Bhubaneswar: The two- day state level review meeting of Artist Federation inaugurated, here on Friday.

The culture secretary, Manoranjan Panigrahy, culture director  Amarendra Kumar Patnaik, communication for development officer, UNICEF,  Lopamudra Tripathy,  and state project coordinator, culture department,  Basudev Malbishoyi were present in the meeting.

Manoranjan Panigrahy announced that Block Level Loka Kala Mohatsavs will organised in all 314 blocks of the state  for the promotion and conservation of traditional folk arts.

The Artist Federation scheme was launched in Odisha from April 2011 with an aim to provide livelihood support, promotion and conservation of the traditional folk art, and dissemination of information of government plans, programmes and schemes through traditional fold artists.

Under the scheme 471 type of folk art, 7482 folk artists group, and about 1 lakh folk artists were enrolled so far. Formation of thirty ZKSS,  314 BKSS-314, 9 NKSS-09 and one RKSS have been completed. The government provides Rs 5 lakh each to ZKSS, Rs 2 lakh to BKSS  and  Rs 3 LAKH TO NKSS.  So far 1.9 lakh programmes have been orgnaised for the folk forms and  folk artists. A corpus fund of Rs 4 crore has been created with provisions in the supplementary budget 2017-18.