Any refusal to introspect may only deepen the crisis. How is it that a society which prided itself on nurturing art forms such as Chakyar Koothu and Ottan Thullal, in which satire is the dominant idiom, which celebrated writers including Sanjayan, VKN and Vaikkom Muhammad Basheer, and prided in cartoonists like Abu, Kutty and O V Vijayan, became intolerant of criticism?
“My experience has been so unpleasant. A quotation is raised for Rs 8 lakh and bills are submitted for Rs 80 lakh. Matters are landing in court, we have held back payments and referred the matter to the ministry," Uttam Pacharne said.
With the term of Bengaluru-based artist CS Krishna Setty as administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi ending on Thursday, the Ministry of Culture has appointed Joint Secretary ML Srivastava as protem chairman.