Gangtok, July 13
Organisation of Musicians and Artistes of Sikkim [OMAS] has conducted a signature campaign for introduction and passing of the Sikkim Artists Protection & Guarantee Act [SAPGA] in the State Assembly in a musical and artistic manner at MG Marg on Saturday. Musicians and artists of the State gave their presentation at the venue during the signature campaigning held from 10 AM to 6 PM. OMAS will submit this petition to the State Government to introduce and pass the Sikkim Artists Protection & Guarantee bill in the State Assembly supported by signatures collected during today’s campaign.
Speaking to media persons, an OMAS founding member, Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha stated that OMAS has conducted this signature campaign in the interest and welfare of artists of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of BhanuJayanti. He stated that OMAS has always been working for the welfare of artists of the State since 2013 but the passing of the Sikkim Artists Protection & Guarantee bill in the State Assembly was very important for the protection of artists and their rights. He informed that OMAS will submit this petition having 14 demands to the Chief Minister and other concerned Ministers of the State.
Fourteen demands of OMAS in the Sikkim Artists Protection & Guarantee bill are fixed income for Artists and Artisans of Sikkim, to provide employment based on passion towards a progressive creative society, to protect traditional art and culture of Sikkim, assure benefits and platform to entrepreneurs who are passionate about event management, artists of Sikkim will be given exposure trips on a national and international level, assure market economy for the artists of Sikkim where they can showcase their talent on national and global level, ensuring a basic system of payment to Sikkimese artists working in productions shot in Sikkim, allocation of a certain budget for artistes, providing space or galleries for display of art and handicrafts of Sikkimese artists, providing amphitheatres for artists particularly in the field of Music, Fashion and Dance, relaxation of taxes in the entertainment field, setting up of a semi autonomous body for artist of Sikkim, encouraging and equipping film makers with the required technology and special discount for Manan Kendra for Sikkimese artists.
Mr Lepcha mentioned that the passing of this bill would help to sort out unemployment in the State to much extend and would create other employment generations for other as well. He mentioned that artists of the State under the banner of OMAS raised funds in during calamities in and outside the State. “Now artists of Sikkim have been asking their rights and we are very hopeful with the new government would take steps to secure and protect local artists,” he said.
Likewise, another founding member, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia appealed everyone to support the imitative of OMAS to help local artists and artisans. He urged the government to set up photography display, art gallery, amphitheatres and other required infrastructure for artists of the State.