The Ministry of Culture has implemented a Scheme to protect all genres of artists, including folk song artists, called the 'Scheme of Scholarship and Fellowship for Promotion of Art and Culture'.
This scheme has three components that aim to support young artists, outstanding persons in different cultural fields, and those conducting cultural research.
What are the Components of the Scheme?
Award of Scholarships to Young Artists in Different Cultural Fields (SYA):
Provides a scholarship for a period of 2 years to selected beneficiaries in the age group of 18-25 years.
Candidates should have undergone training under any Guru or Institution for a minimum of 5 years.
Award of Senior/Junior Fellowships:
Senior Fellowship is provided to selected Fellows in the age group of 40 years and above for 2 years for cultural research.
Junior Fellowship is provided to selected Fellows in the age group of 25 to 40 for 2 years.
Up to 400 Senior & Junior Fellowships are awarded in one batch year.
Award of Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research (TNFCR):
Candidates are selected under two categories, Tagore National Fellowship and Tagore Research Scholarship, to work on cultural research by affiliation under different participating institutions in 4 different groups.
Selection of Fellows and Scholars is made by the National Selection Committee (NSC).
Under the scheme of “Project Grants to Individuals for Research in the Performing Arts”, the Sangeet Natak Akademi provides financial assistance to individuals on recommendation of the Advisory Committee.