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Lockdown blues: Samba’s artists on verge of starvation due to no work
6/3/2020 11:09:23 PM
GURDAS KUMAR
Early Times Report

SAMBA, June 3: With no work in their hands due to the continuous lockdown, the artist community is almost on the verge of starvation; however, the district administration has so far failed to lend any helping hand to the artists. The artists from different parts of Samba district said that they are deeply hurt by the apathetic attitude of the administration as it never bothered to give a glance to pitiable condition of the community, whose sources of income have dried up due to the lockdown period.
The artists alleged that administration had ignored them in these difficult times despite the fact that they had no other source of income.
“We used to earn our livelihood by performing folk dance and songs in cultural programmes organized by the administration. We also used to perform in in private functions and were earning handsomely but we have lost our work ever since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread in the entire country and subsequently a nationwide lockdown was imposed,” said Ajit Sharma, Ravi Dutta and Chhajju Katal. “With the imposition of lockdown all booking of programmes were cancelled, which had rendered us jobless but the apathy on the part of the district administration for not taking note of our plights has made our lives difficult,” alleged Janak Bhardwaj and Jadvir Kumar, who both are artists. The aggrieved artists said chances are bleak that situation will improve in near future adding that it is urged to the government to announce some financial assistance for the artists as it is a question of their survival,” said Kewal Kumar, Jasvir Kumar, Renu Bala and Bodh Raj.
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