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° Fund our Folk Artists ° The Ambassadors of Tamizh Arts.
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    Tamizh Folk Artists

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Namaste• Vanakkam• Svakatam• Welcome
Tamizhnadu and its Heritage
Hello people!. We all know Tamizhnadu as a place rich in art, culture and heritage. Seasonal festivals, temple festivals, cultural events etc., are an integral part of the life of Tamizhs. There are many such happenings throughout the year here.

Tamizh Festivals and their Belief
Festivals are important to Tamizh people, they believe such celebrations will bring them peace, harmony and luck. Temple administrators conduct festivals with the temple fund, fund from the local people and sometimes from the government.

Festivals and their Events
During temple festivals priests do rituals and prayer events. Folk dance and folk drama(Therukkoothu) are performed by artists, we hail from the rural parts of Tamizhnadu. Though worship and rituals are primary customs here, without art performances any festival is incomplete.

How pandemic affected our Lives
Folk artists are daily wagers who depend on their art form for survival. Now due to Covid-19 pandemic, there are no festivals for the past six months, making no chances for any income. This lockdown has affected us seriously, many of us are in debt.

Artists and their Sorrow stories 
Recently I spoke to young Therukkoothu artist, 27 year old Kuppuraj from a village near Kancheepuram. Since there is no income, he has borrowed two little goats(lambs) from a friend to grow them and later sell in the market, he said. He is the sole bread-winner for his family.

Another senior artist Mr. Durai from Kalavai village in Vellore district has started ploughing his 1.5 acre farm to start rice cultivation. His son is running a mobile recharging shop which has poor turn out of customers. They are struggling to complete their half-built house near Kalavai.

Artists Left behind with no Funds
In Therukkoothu, artists range from budding 17 year old to 70 year old seniors. Almost every artist is facing difficulty to run their family, and they seek help for some relief. The government has helped some of them only once with an amount of Rs.1000/- each, many others are left behind with nothing!. They consider artists above 60 years as ineligible to get funds!!. Requisition letters to get them the fund are yet to be answered. Measures to solve such issues by seeking some associations has only added fuel to fire.

We Can't Let Our Artists Down
You can lit lamps in their lives by donating them. If you can donate Rs.3000/-, it will be enough for an artist's family for a month. Please donate and help our artists.
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• Write-up by Bala.Tilak,
•Tamizh folk arts organiser, •Kancheepuram, TamizhNadu.
📱8675979141. 📨kalaikkann@gmail.com

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