Progressive Artists of Ladakh, a voluntary society of fine arts lovers and artists, on Thursday called on Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Prof. Amitabh Mattoo at Leh and demanded opening of the Institute of Music and Fine Arts (IMFA) at Leh which was approved by the State Government over a decade ago but no head way has been made since to translate the same into a reality.
Representatives of Progressive Artists of Ladakh headed by its President Chemat Dorjay, who has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Banaras Hindu University, informed that in the year 2007, the Central Committee meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister of the State and it was approved that government will open an Institute of Music and Fine Arts at Leh and all together 35 posts for the Institute were sanctioned and Finance Department of the State granted concurrence to the posts stating that salary and other expenses to be met out from the grants allotted to the Hill Development Council ,Leh under plan/ non plan grants.
“The case reached for the consideration of the Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh, the Hill Council returned the case to the Academy with the observation that LAHDC Leh welcomes the decision of the Central Committee of the Academy to set up an Institute of Music and Fine Arts at Leh but the salaries for the employees and other expenses of the Institute should be provided by the Academy’s Central Office as is done in the case of the Cultural Academy, Sub Office at Leh. However, it was stated in the letter that the Sindhu Sanskrit Kendra Leh can be considered for housing the Institute,” reads a representation submitted to Prof. Mattoo by the artists.
It further informed that in the year 2010, the State government transferred the administrative control of the Institute of Music and Fine Arts to the University of Kashmir. With that the opening of the Institute came under the jurisdiction of University of Kashmir. Unfortunately since then no headway is made towards opening of the Institute in Leh and the case is now pending since a decade, artists informed in their representation requesting intervention of the government to make it possible to open the Institute of Music and Fine Arts at Leh without any further delay.