Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme
- Government of India and Department of Culture launched a Scheme called ‘Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme’through Zonal Cultural Centre to preserve and promote rare and vanishing art forms whether classical or folk/tribal.
- Objective of the scheme was to nurture the young talents to acquire skills in their chosen field of art through some financial assistance by the ZCCs in the form of scholarship under the guidance of Experts and Masters in these fields.
- This scheme has provided security to a large number of old and retired artistes. Most of the artistes covered under this scheme are from rural areas and teaching shishyas from within reasonable catchment area of their residence.
- A Monitoring Workshop-cum-Presentations of Gurus and Shishyas is organised for reviewing and evaluating the progress made in this direction. An Expert Committee comprising eminent Art Experts is constituted for this purpose.
- To implement this scheme, Great Masters (Gurus) of different art forms of constituent states of NZCC, who are capable to train the interested shishyas are identified.
- The committee is constituted to process, evaluate and recommend the candidature of expert (Guru) and each Guru is expected to train five to eight shishyas.
- A small scholarship is provided to the learner and an honorarium to the Master (Guru) as per the norms fixed by Ministry of Culture to motivate them, which are as follows:
- Guru (Master): @ Rs.5000/- per month
- Accompanist: @ Rs.2500/- each per month
- Shishya: @ Rs.1000/- each per month
What are the positives in the guru shishya learning?
- The guru shishya parampara provides intimate learning and sharing that goes beyond the syllabus.
- There are students and teachers who share a bond that goes beyond what the university demanded of them.
- There are stories of great gurus and famous shishyas across disciplines and geographies.
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What are the issues associated with the guru shishya parampara?
- Like most relationships, the guru shishya relationship is grounded in a power imbalance, but here, crucially, the inequality is celebrated.
- A need to be subservient to and indeed submit to, the master is an unspoken necessity.
- Structurally flawed: students are forced to commit to hours of household chores just to receive those few moments of wisdom, it is celebrated as sacrifice and commitment and endurance.
- Lack of evidence: Proof is hard to come by because assault takes place in closed rooms without security cameras or witnesses.
- Marginalisation of the poor: It is also true that abuse increases exponentially when the student comes from an economically poor or socially marginalized community.