The Diamond Jubilee Fellowship for young artists is an innovative scheme conceived by the Culture Department with an objective to cultivate flair for art and culture in the minds of the younger generation. It also seeks to nurture the higher values of equality, secularism, brother hood, justice and democracy among the youth.
Young and qualified artists in classical art forms, fine arts, theatre and folklore were selected through a process of interview and performance tests by renowned artists in the respective fields. The services of Kerala Kalamadalam Deemed to be University, the Sangeetha Nataka Akademy, Fine arts and Folklore Akademies were also utilized for the selection of the artistes. The selected artists are deployed in various Block panchayaths, Municipalities, Municipal Corporations across the state to bring both younger and older people close to the art. The artists impart training in more than 45 art forms. More than one lakh people received art training free of cost under this scheme. Those interested in various art. The artists are selected for a period of two years. Department of Culture will give Rs. 10,000/- per month as fellowship and the hosting Local Self Government Institutions will give an additional amount of Rs. 5,000/- per month to the fellowship artists. The Fellowship artists also give demonstration lectures in schools and colleges.
Community centres, Samskarika Bhavans, Grandhashalas, Schools, Youth clubs which are found suitable are used as art-training centers. There will be a minimum of 4 training sessionins a week at a particular centre and it is expected that the scheme will transform the community centres in the state to active centres of art and culture. Artists proficient in classical art forms of Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Thullal, Dance, Music, Melom, Fineart forms like Painiting, Sculpture, Cartoon, Mural painting, Photography, Applied Art , New Media, Folk art forms like Theyyam, Thira, Poorakali, Marathukali, Kanyarkali, Folksongs, Margamkali, Mudiyettu, Padayani, Mappila arts, Kolkali, Vilpattu, Pakkanarthullal, Thiruvathirakkali. Vanchipattu , Gaddhika and the Theatrical Art form of Drama, Magic and Kadhaprasangam were selected and deployed in 173 various Local Self Government institutions. At present, they impart art training at about 1000 centres spread across the State.