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Maharashtra Govt to allocate Rs 45.66 lakh for promotion of classical music

Posted on Jan 02, 10:47PM | UNI

In a bid to encourage the classical music, the Maharashtra government today gave its nod for the launch of five schemes for music lovers, in memory of Bharat Ratna Bhimshen Joshi, with the allocation of fund of Rs 45.66 lakh.

A decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting here.

The government has also decided to launch 'Yuva Scholarship'.

Under this scheme, government will pay Rs 5,000 each to 12 students for two years, comprising six each, from singer and instrument learner, an official release here said.

The government will also hold 'Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimshen Joshi Mahovtsav' on the occasion his anniversary, which falls on January 24. In the Mahovstav four classical musicians would be invited. It also gave sanction to 'Gurukul Yojana' in the name of late Joshi in the state.

The Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'Jeevan Gaurav' award will be presented every year with a cash prize of Rs five lakh.

The cabinet also decided to pay Rs two lakh each to six classical music institutes with at least 10 years experience in teaching classical music, it added.