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Artist angry over ‘false’ advertisement for FoA
ITANAGAR, Feb 17: After the anger arising out of the exuberant budget and awarding of the tender for the 31st Statehood Day to an event firm from outside the state reaching fever pitch, another issue has cropped up with an artist voicing his anger for false use of his image to promote the Festival of Arunachal (FoA).
Theatre artist Riken Ngomle, an alumnus of the National School of Drama in Delhi, today accused the organisers of falsely using his likeness although he or his production house will not be part of the festival on day four of the event.
Billboards with his image and a promotional picture naming his theatre group, Riken’s Theatre Group, appeared a few days ago which has angered the actor.
“I was willing to give my team a platform for Rs two lakh for two plays but they offered Rs 1.5 lakh to which I agreed,” he said. However, Ngomle claimed that around three weeks back he was asked to lower the price further, which he was unwilling to do.
“There are around 20 people in my team and such a low amount will not even cover the rehearsal expenses,” he said.
“I’ve earned a name in my chosen field through hard work but people will be disappointed if they come to see my plays when I am not part of it,” he said and categorically added that his production team will not be part of the festival.
A source in the state information and public relations department, which is responsible for the publicity of the event, said that the department published the advertisements based on the list it had received from the organising body.
Speaking with several sources, it has come to light that the entire mess is a result of confusion arising out of organisers jumping the gun and a lack of co-ordination.
Reportedly, a section of the organising committee had reached out to Ngomle’s sister to re-enact a play that was performed on Republic Day earlier this year. That call had been made following a suggestion from a top bureaucrat who was impressed with the Republic Day show who had allegedly performed under Riken’s Theatre Group’s name. However, Ngomle himself said that his sister does not have a theatre group and that those scheduled to perform on February 24 this year are not part of his production team. The bureaucrats, it would appear, assumed it was Ngomle’s team and ran with it.
Ngomle, like any artist, is upset with the whole affair.
“I have no issues with them spending Rs 50 lakh to bring singers to perform. My question is why is it that they want to exploit us,” he asks.