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1. CONFERMENT OF KALAIMAMANI AWARD

            With a view to felicitating the famous artistes who are serving in a commendable manner in the field of performing arts, the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram is conferring “Kalaimamani” the State Award on them.  So far 1450  artistes  have been honoured with the Kalaimamani Award.  In the function organised for conferring Kalaimamani award, portraits of 324 eminent deceased artistes in various art disciplines have been unveiled. 

 

2. PORKIZHI

           At the “Kalaimamani” award investiture ceremonies, Porkizhi (Cash Award) has been awarded to senior Kalaimamani artistes who are in indigent circumstances.  In this way, Porkizhi was given totally to 199 artistes,  at the rate of Rs.1000/- to 147 artistes, at the rate of Rs.5000/- to 17 artistes, at the rate of Rs.10,000/- to 13 artistes and 22 artistes at rate of 15,000/- have benefited. 

 

3. SHIELD

            With a view to encourage and felicitate the voluntary cultural organisations and splendid performing drama troupes, so far 27 cultural organisations and 18 drama troupes were awarded Shields and Rolling Shields.

 

4. INTER-STATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

            To create opportunities for the people in different parts of India, to know about the arts and cultural heritage and also to promote the sense of national integration, the scheme known as Inter-State Cultural Exchange Programme is being implemented by the Manram on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu, with the co-ordination of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi on behalf of the Government of India.  Under this scheme,  so  far,  81 cultural troupes from other

 

            States have visited to Tamil Nadu and 84 cultural troupes of Tamil Nadu  have visited  to other States to perform the cultural programmes.

 

            In this regard, the Tamil Nadu cultural troupe has been sponsored to visit Himachal Pradesh from 6th to 16th October 2008 and conducted programmes. Further, a cultural troupe from Himachal Pradesh has to visit Tamil Nadu soon to perform their cultural programmes.

 

5. ENCOURAGEMENT OF TALENTED YOUNG ARTISTES

            With a view to providing an introduction to the budding artistes who have been trained in the Art field of Bharathanatyam, Classical Vocal and Instrumental Music, etc., the Manram is extending grant to the successfully running Voluntary Cultural Organisations of Tamil Nadu for arranging the performances of the young artistes. So far 1792 young artistes have benefited under the scheme.

 

6. DOCUMENTATION ON DRAMATURGY

            Pursuant to the sanction of Rupees Ten lakhs by the Government to the Manram, action has been initiated to document and preserve the photos of the drama artistes, their voices and scene of the dramas and to collect the costumes, dresses, sceneries & stage materials, which were used by the deceased famous artistes to exhibit for the younger generation to know about the dramaturgy. 

 

7. DOCUMENTATION ON TRADITIONAL TAMIL ISAI

            A documentation about the traditional Tamil Isai, portraying life history from Seerkazhi Tripartite to Rajarathinam Pillai has to be made.

 

8. ORGANISING CAMP ON MUTHAMIZH

            As the Film Appreciation Course conducted by the Pune Film Institute in every summer holidays, a course on Literature, Music and Drama has to be organised by the emeritus and creators in the concerned fields.  

 

9. CONSTRUCTION OF A GUEST HOUSE FOR THE ARTISTES

            For staying the artistes who come from other Districts to Chennai, a Guest House measuring 363.90 Square Metre constructing in the premises of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram.

 

10. CULTURAL FESTIVALS OF THE MANRAM

             

            With a view to know about the importance of our extinguishing traditional art forms, by our younger generation and also to provide the sufficient programme opportunities to the folk arts, who are living ideally the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram is organising various cultural functions and conducting folk festivals. Besides organising commemmorative functions of the deceased famous artistes, Mupperum Vizha, Dance & drama functions and also conducting cultural programmes at Tourist spots, Temples and at Courtallam drizzling festivals, etc.

 

a)        Nine days Literary Art Festival such as Seminar, Therukoothu Vizha, Nadaswara Thiruvizha, Tamil Isai, Devara Thiruvarutpa Isai Vizha, Thavil Nadaswara Kalai Vizha, Bharathi Vizha, Jeeva Centinary and Symposium have been celebrated in a grand manner between 29.3.2008 and 6.4.2008 at Chennai.

 

b)         Staging of four dance-dramas produced under the scheme of grants for the production of fine dance dramas in Tamil, has been organised at Chennai from 20th to 23rd October, 2008 in a grand manner.

 

c)         Perarignar Anna Centenerary Celebration has been organised in a grand manner at Chennai from 4th to 6th December 2008, such as symposium, seminar, cultural performances and publication of the book.

   

11.  SPONSORING OF CULTURAL PROGRAMMES ON BEHALF OF THE MANRAM

 

(a)        Under the scheme of conducting cultural programmes at Tourist places, cultural programmes have been organised from 10th to 12th August 2008, on behalf of the Manram, at the Saaral Thiruvizha held at Coutrallam of Tirunelveli District.

 

(b)      Under the scheme of sponsoring cultural programmes at temples, two music programmes have been conducted at Soothavaneswarar temple, at Kothamangalam of Sivaganga District, on account of Kumbabishegam, on 26th  & 27th August 2008.

 

12.  ORGANISING TAMIL CULTURAL FESTIVALS  AT  OTHER STATES

 

(a)         In co-ordination with Avvai Tamil Sangam of Noida in Uttarpradesh, folk cultural programmes of Tamil Nadu have been conducted from 24th to 26th January  2009.

 

(b)       Folk cultural programmes of Tamil Nadu have been conducted at National Karavela Festival at Kandhagiri of Orissa State, from 6th to 8th February 2009.

 

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