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Potters & folk artists changed professions during corona crisis : BITA Research

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Chattogram Bureau :
Driver by the hunder during corona endemic, the folk artists and potters were compelled to  readopt  new professions . This scenario of  the remote potters and folk artists came out  in a research of BITA(Bangladesh Institute of Theatre and Arts) recently.The  research work experienced that  there is no records of these artists of  remote villages in govt's book  and they are not  getting any pronodana (subsidy) from any   govt's end. BITA conducted  online interview  with the   300 remote folk artists of 47 districts from June to August last .
The results of this research works on Corona Situation and  next perspective '  published  at  a online press conference  arranged on Monday last .Executive Director of BITA  Shishir Dutta depicted the different aspects of the research and the Coordinator Ashoke Barua clarifies  reasons of research  and  the  miseries of the  remote artists. Shishir Dutta said " Folk  artists, makers of musical instruments,  dance,songs including potters  are  passing miserable life in corona endemic period. They were  not provided any govt,non-govt  assistances .
A picture came out from this research  .He said govt  should take  initiatives to compensate losses of corona period to the remote artists irrespective of categories  so as to uphold the  original professions  of these creative artists.
The research carried out  in six phases. Among these phases  include theatre artists, recitation artists, paint artists, dance  artists, singers  and  folk artists. Out of these, musical instrument makers, potters and cultural workers.
Following the impact of corona  , about 21 percent  professionals  are  thinking  to   change  their profession.  46.77 pc  folk cultural artists  depend  on incomes  of their profession.Income of these  folk cultural workers  decreased by 91 percent. About 50pc remote folk cultural workers  did not   get any  govt  or non-govt help .
The research also depicted 22pc  folk cultural workers changed their profession. Out of pottery workers,  the incomes of  doll makers decreased by  97 pc , earthen ware makers by 83.56 pc . The musical instrument makers alsothinking  other profession and their income downed by 84pc . City based  artists approx 52 pc  runs family expenses from  their professional income  and their incomes also stopped  recently due to corona situation.
The workers so related with the  cultural activities like  illuminations, stage decorations or musical artists  also deprieved of any cooperations  from any kinds . The recommendations of the  research works  said  it is essential to prepare data base of  informal  artists, instrument makers, folkartists, and potters etc  and  to declare them as Artists by the govt.
It is also recommended to rehabilitate    the informal artists   through evaluation of the losses of these artists during corona period. The research work also recommended to  arrange cultural shows in every district of the country  under govt initiatives to compensate the  losses  of these informal artists .

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