Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions 

Implementing agency

Sangeet Natak Akademi


The Ministry of Culture is giving financial support to Individuals, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Cultural Organizations for promotion of art and culture through various schemes.

The details of some prominent Schemes are as under

1.Cultural Function and Production Grant Scheme (CFPGS):- 

  • Under the Scheme Financial Assistance is given to ‘Not-for-Profit’ Organisations, NGOs including Societies, Trusts, Universities and Individuals for holding Conferences, Seminar, Workshops, Festivals, Exhibitions, Production of Dance, Drama-Theatre, Music and undertaking small research projects etc. on any art forms/important cultural matters relating to different aspects of Indian Culture. 
  • The quantum of assistance is restricted to 75% of the project cost subject to maximum of Rs. 5 Lakhs per project.

2.Fellowship Scheme:

a) Award of Fellowship to outstanding persons in the field of Culture:- 

  • 200 Junior Fellowships and 200 Senior Fellowships are given every year under this Scheme for cultural research in various fields of culture. 
  • Junior Fellows are given an amount of Rs. 10,000/- and Senior Fellows are given an amount of Rs. 20,000/- per month for a period of 2 years.

b) Award of Scholarship to Young Artistes in Different Cultural fields:-

  • Under this Scheme, 400 Scholarships are given to Young Artistes for advance training in the field of Indian Classical Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Folk Arts, etc. 
  • An amount of Rs. 5,000/- per month is given to the selected artists for a period of 2 years.

3.Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research:- 

  • The Scheme has been introduced in order to invigorate and revitalize the various institutions under the Ministry of Culture (MoC) and other identified cultural institutions in the country by encouraging scholars/ academicians to affiliate themselves with these institutions to work on projects of mutual interest.  
  • Not more than 15 Tagore Fellowships and 25 Tagore Scholarships are selected for award in a year.
  • Tagore fellows are paid honorarium of Rs. 80,000/- per month and Tagore Scholars are paid honorarium of Rs. 50,000/- per month for a period of 2 years. 

4.Scheme for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India:-    

  • The scheme aims to reinvigorate and revitalize various institutions, groups, individuals, non-government organizations, researchers and scholars so that they may engage in activities/projects for strengthening, protecting, preserving and promoting the rich intangible cultural heritage of India.  

About Sangeet Natak Academy

  • It India's national academy for music, dance and drama - is the first National Academy of the arts set-up by the Republic of India. 
  • It was created by a resolution of the (then) Ministry of Education, Government of India, dated 31 May 1952 notified in the Gazette of India of June 1952. 
  • It  is presently an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is fully funded by the Government for implementation of its schemes and programmes.
  • Since its inception the Akademi has been functioning as the apex body of the performing arts in the country.
  • Functions: preserving and promoting the vast intangible heritage of India's diverse culture expressed in the forms of music, dance and drama.