Himachal Pradesh is planning to set up a film city on the lines of film cities in other states of the country. The state’s language, art and culture minister, Govind Singh Thakur, made this announcement while presiding over the first meeting of the cultural committee working towards framing a cultural policy for the state.
Directing the officials to prepare a draft policy in a time-bound manner, Thakur said that the main objective of the cultural policy is to conserve and revive the rich heritage of the state.
Thakur said that while the policy would help to promote the multi-dimensional culture of the state, it would also make provisions to document the rich history of the state. He said that a provision has also been made in this policy to avail services of experts of every district for training youth in various cultural genres, dialects, folk theatre, folk dance and folk music.
And while the policy would accommodate measures to conserve some of the oldest manuscripts in the state, efforts would also be made to establish research centres in every district along with manuscript research centres.
Thakur said that special efforts should also be made to conserve and promote the art of tribal areas. All the temples of the state would be listed and work would be done to renovate the temples without damaging their antiquity. The art and cultural activities of the state would be associated with tourism, so that the possibilities of investment could be promoted in this sector.