Kerala govt to support Kochi biennale
Thiruvananthapuram: Despite ordering a probe into the use of state funds by organisers of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala government on Wednesday made it clear that it would extend all support to the international painting and cultural extravaganza scheduled to start next week.
"We will give all support other than monetary assistance to the event," Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said in reply to queries during his weekly Cabinet briefing here.
Chandy, however, discounted the possibility of his presence at the inaugural of the biennale at Kochi on December 12 as he would be preoccupied with the sitting of the state assembly on the day.
The government had last week ordered the probe based on the findings of the inspection wing of the Finance Department which had come across irregularities in handling of funds provided for the event by the previous LDF Government.
The Finance Department probe had found that the Culture Department, under the previous LDF government, had provided Rs five crore to the biennale without insisting that the organisers follow the government norms and conditions normally attached to similar grants.
The Kochi-Muziris biennale, touted as one of India`s biggest international painting and art exhibition, ran into trouble when a group of artists approached the government alleging that the event had been hijacked and monopolised by a handful of artists to secure their narrow interests.
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