Livelihoods of artists in India affected by COVID


The living heritage of my place has been seriously affected as we are in the time of festivals. Folk performers, ritual dancers, theatre artists, dancers, people working in the handicraft sector etc. have all been seriously affected by the lockdown. This includes stage artists, dance school teachers, make up artists, costume rental people, pageantry artists, wedding dancers, musicians, both classical and folk, and tribal artists who have lost their income.

In my area (Kerala state), we have a long monsoon here. The festival season starts in the last week of October and the artists usually run programmes until the first week of June. Most of the artists survive with the program of seven months, but now, out of the seven months, three months of work have been hit by Covid-19 outbreak.

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