Pune: Alleging that the State government and Education and Culture Minister Vinod Tawde has completely ignored their issues, the Akhil Bhartiya Tamasha Parishad, a body of tamasha artistes all over the country, has declared that it will protest during the Monsoon Session of the Vidhan Sabha at Nagpur and press for their demands.
Mangala Bansode, a recipient of the President’s Award and Tamasha artiste, represented the Parishad at a conference organised in the city on Wednesday. “We have been asking for some basic amenities and protection from the government. The current government and Minister Vinod Tawde promised to look into our demands but it has been 4 years and they still have not met us once,” she said.
The tamasha artistes have long been asking for demands like protection from local hooligans, cheaper transportation and grants. “Political organisations and other outfits and their members harass tamasha artistes so we have been asking for protection from the police. But we have not got any response from the government,” Bansode said.
“We don’t even get a place to change our costumes and are always at a risk of harassment,” she added. The Parishad said that the note ban and inflation have harmed their business. “Our business is in a bad state and we want the government to give us a seasonal discount on toll and fuel. We will wait up to July 15 and if the government still does not listen to us, we will protest during the monsoon session. Tamasha has been around for centuries and instead of conserving the popular art form, the government is giving it a side eye.”