Lokprasar Prakalpo

To revive and showcase the different folk music forms of Bengal, a unique project entitled Lok Prasar Prakalpa which is the brain child of Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt. Mamata Banerjee has spread its wings across the State. Under this project folk artistes between the age of 18 - 60 receive Rs.1000/- per month as Retainer fee. Senior artistes, who are above 60 receive Rs.1000/- per month as Pension. Apart from this, the active performances receive Rs.1000/- as Performance fee per programme. Till date nearly 195 thousand folk artistes are getting pension and retainer fee. All these are credited to the bank accounts of the folk artistes directly. Photo identity cards have also been issued to majority of the enlisted folk artistes.

The folk artistes propagate different unique schemes such as Kanyasree, Jubasree, Sikshasree etc through their performances. Health and sanitation messages and messages to build up awareness against evils of dowry, child marriage and trafficking etc. are also being effectively transmitted through these LPP messengers. This project has not only provided economic stability to the folk artistes of Bengal, it has also revived the traditional folk art forms.