December 16, 2005

30 min Dance Show - 35 Lakhs Payment

It happens only in India.

Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party MP Jayaprada was paid 35 Lakhs (there are some reports that give the number as 40 lakhs) for putting up a dance recital at Lucknow Mahotsav, organized by the state government. The dance program was for 30 minutes.

Hindustani classical music veterans Bismillah Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj had also given performances. The shehnai player was packed off with only Rs 2.5 lakh, and the vocalists for Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, respectively.

Express had an apt headline to cover this story -
UP dances in fury as Yadav pays Jaya lakhs

Telegraph also reports this.

UP Tourism Minister Kokab Hamid, however, justified the payment to Jayaprada saying she had led a big troupe of artists of 67 people.

AmarSingh has a different song - "not a single paise was paid from state government exchequer but Zee Group, which paid Rs 30 lakh, and Sahara Group had sponsored the Lucknow Mahotsav." Sounds really fishy.

Who said India is a poor country?
People nearby die for want of food ..n ...u have obscene amts of money being thrown away like this. It sucks big time!

1 comment:

Mukund said...

The additional section (Metro or something else I don't remember correctly) in Hindu recently carried an interview with her and this question was asked about the huge money. Jayapradha comfortably replied that if the organizers are ready to pay her why should others be bothered about that.

Although it is big sum when compared to what others got, I feel she also has a point.