KARACHI: Singers and artistes of Sindh, from rural areas especially folk singers are facing serious financial problems and are depressed over, what they called , apathetic attitude of Sindh Cultural department for last two years.
Experiencing certain alleged negative developments and injustice to them, and fearing more exploitation in future, the artistes raised their voice.
“We wrote many letters, held meetings with the concerned officials as well as elected public representatives for rectification in the procedures and necessary plans to save future of the genuine artistes, said Singhar Solangi.
Abdul Hameed alias Singhar Solangi, President, Sindh Fankar Welfare Association (SFWA) told APP here that genuine artistes of Sindh are being neglected and are denied their monthly stipend and other facilities they had been receiving since long.
The endowment fund of millions of rupees, created for the artistes by Pakistan Peoples Party’s previous government, is also being mis-used and dispensed with in the names of bogus artistes. Besides, the genuine artists are being deprived of their participation in cultural shows within and outside the country, Solangi alleged.
” Such a blatant discrimination would force genuine artistes- many of them having their forefathers associated with this profession- to switch their profession which will prove very damaging to the centuries old culture of Sindh,” Singhar Solangi remarked.
He was also critical over the decision of the Culture department to cut to half the stipend of the artistes who are already leading very tough life.
SFWA’s President said that on their failure to get any relief, the frustrated artistes staged protests and sit-ins in various towns and cities of Sindh including outside Karachi Press Club
under the umbrella of SFWA. This moved some government authorities who made assurances for corrective steps but the situation remained unchanged.
Singhar Solangi warned that Sindh artistes will launch a protest movement until their genuine demands are accepted and the grievance redressed.
In this regard, he informed, Sindh Fankar Welfare Association has called a meeting in Thatta on next Monday.