Election Commission’s assurance to Nadigar SangamPublished: February 24, 2016
The South Indian Artistes Association has urged the Election Commission to allow drama troupes to perform during Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.
A Nadigar Sangam delegation, comprising vice-president Ponvannan and senior members Manobala, Ajay Rathnam and Lalithakumari called on Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni at the Secretariat on Tuesday and assured that no political issues would be staged in plays during Assembly polls.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Ponvannan said that Lakhoni assured them that he will look into the matter. “It is our duty to ensure that our members don’t stage plays about political or party related issues,” he said.
“Since there was a ban on dramas during the last general elections, the artistes suffered from unemployment. They had difficulty in even paying the educational fees for their children. We would abide by the law stipulated and request for grant of permission to pursue plays during this period,” said the memorandum submitted to the Election Commission by Nadigar Sangam.
“Already, the art of drama is suffering a lot due to the invasion of cinema and other technologies,” it pointed out.