THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS | GST a penalty on arts, Jagriti floats petition
BENGALURU: Protesting against the government’s move to levy 18 per cent GST or Goods and Services Tax on theatre, and other Indian performance arts, Jagriti Theatre has floated a petition online against it.
The petition requests Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and GST council for exemption of GST on performing arts.
Jagdish Raja, director of development at Jagriti says, “We are going to be charged 18 per cent by the government for our attempt to keep dance and cultural programmes alive.”
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.