new cultural complexes of varying scales as also for modernization, renovation and upgradation
of existing Tagore auditoria etc., that were built in 1960s and 1970s in various parts of the
country to mark Tagore’s Birth Centenary. The Scheme is open to state governments, state
sponsored bodies, universities, local bodies and other government approved agencies including
reputed not-for-profit organizations, etc. The complete details regarding the scheme are available
on the website of the Ministry www.indiaculture.nic.in/scheme-tagore-cultural-complexes.
Scheme of Pension to Artistes
Under this Scheme, financial assistance is granted to indigent artistes and traditional
scholars who have made significant contribution to art and letters and in their fields, etc., and
their income (including income of the spouse) must not exceed ₹ 4,000/- per month and also
their age should not be less than 60 years (This does not apply in the case of dependents).
Artistes covered under it are considered for financial assistance in the form of monthly allowance
under the centre-state quota on sharing basis between centre and state government/UT
administration concerned, with the latter paying a monthly allowance of at least ₹ 500/- per
month per beneficiary. The monthly allowance contributed by the central government in such
cases shall not exceed ₹ 3,500/- per month per beneficiary. The complete details regarding the
scheme are available on www.indiaculture.nic.in/artists-pension-scheme-and-welfare-fund.
Fellowship and Scholarship Scheme
(i) Scheme For The Award of Fellowship to Outstanding Persons in the Field of Culture
Junior/senior fellowships are awarded to outstanding persons in the age group of 25 to 40
years (Jr.) and above 40 years (Sr.) in different cultural fields, for undertaking cultural research.;
Junior Fellows and Senior Fellows are granted fellowship @ ₹ 10,000/- p.m. and 20,000/-p.m.
respectively for the period of 2 years; online applications are invited and selection is made by an
expert committee constituted for this purpose; upto 400 fellowships (200 Junior and 200 Senior)
are awarded in a batch year.
(ii) Scheme for Scholarships to Young Artistes in Different Cultural Fields
Under this scheme financial assistance is given to young artistes of outstanding promise in
the age group of 18-25 years for advanced training within India in the field of Indian classical
music, Indian classical dance, theatre, mime, visual art, folk, traditional and indigenous Arts and
Light Classical Music etc. Scholars who are selected are given scholarship @ ₹ 5,000/- p.m. for
2 years. Online applications are invited and selection is made by an expert committee constituted
for this purpose. Upto 400 Scholarships are awarded in a batch year.
Production Grant Scheme
The Scheme covers all ‘not-for-profit’ organizations, NGOs, societies, trusts, universities
and individual for supporting the seminars, conference, research, workshops, festivals,
exhibitions, symposia, production of dance, drama-theatre, music etc., and small research
projects on different aspects of Indian culture. The Organization should have been functioning
and registered under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860), Trusts Act, Companies Act or
any central or state Act for at least three years for individual applying for financial assistance
under the scheme there is no such requirement. Grant is given upto ₹ 5.00 lakh under the