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2 lakh folk artistes enlisted in WB: minister

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Minister of State for Information and Cultural affairs Indranil Sen today said the state was working towards supporting folk artistes in rural pockets by inviting them to state-run cultural programmes throughout the year.

"Our has enlisted 2 lakh folk artistes, many of them residing in far-flung areas of the state. The is organising cultural programmes involving them all over the year," Sen told reporters at a programme to launch an audio CD of 'Nazrul Geeti' (songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam).

"We are also promoting talent by setting up poetry and jatra academy," he said.

Minister of state for Women and Child Development Dr said the government was committed to promoting music by organising classical and other events and supporting such initiatives by different cultural organisations.

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly launched the CD of singer Manomay Bhattacharya.

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 22:02 IST