STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: On the country wide protest call given by Sono Saaj Sono Sarkar (SSSS) to raise issues of artists sitting idle due to lockdown, All Artists Association (AAA), Jammu on Tuesday held massive protest in the premises of Cultural Academy, Jammu in support of burning demands of Artists of Jammu Division. While addressing the protest, various speakers from artists fraternity expressed grave concern on the miserable plight of artists who have been deprived of their work owning to shutting of all cultural events following constant lockdown. They said that due to this reason their livelihood has been snatched. They further added that there is no likelihood of resumption of Cultural activities in the field in the coming months together and lives of artists and their families are going to be from bad to worse in future. The artists appealed to the Lt Governor that financial help to the Artists of UT on monthly basis may be provided to make both ends meet. They demanded that as there is no hope of any work for the Artists given the challenging situation and precarious circumstance emerged out of COVID-19 crisis which primarily demands strict social distancing for pretty long period, artists above the age of 60 years age and below the age of 60 years may be provided Rs. ten thousands and Rs 6000 respectively per months to tide over the financial crisis Protest was attended by many artists including Surinder Manhas, Rakesh Anand, Tilak Raj Tagotra, Marwari Lal, Rampal, J. R. Sharma, Ravinder Sharma, Sohit Soofi, Kartik, Deepak, Salim, Abhisek and Rahul.
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