The Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu was established in the year 1975 for encouraging the artists in the field of Painting, Sculpture and Graphics. The Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu was merged with the Department of Art and Culture in the year 2008. The Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu is implementing the schemes from the grants sanctioned by the State Government.
Art Galleries at Districts
Two Art Galleries of Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu are available, one at Udhagamandalam and the other at the Regional Cultural Centre, Madurai with creative pieces of eminent artists of Tamil Nadu. They captivate the attention of tourists from the other parts of the country.
Scheme of Conferring ‘Kalaichemmal’ Awards
With a view to encourage the eminent artists in the field of Paintings and Sculptures in recognition of their meritorious service in the field of Traditional Art and Contemporary Art, “Kalaichemmal” awards are conferred on them by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Kalaichemmal Awardees are given a citation and a Cash Award of Rs.50,000/-. So far 16 eminent artists of Painting and Sculpture in traditional art and 47 eminent artists of Painting and Sculpture in Contemporary art have been conferred with this title.
Scheme of Conducting State Level Exhibition of Traditional Art / Contemporary Art and giving Awards
In order to encourage the creative artists and to develop the Painting and Sculpture arts, the Traditional Art / Contemporary Art exhibitions are conducted at state level . The Paintings / Sculpture works are collected from the artistes of Tamil Nadu .The Paintings and Sculptures works are selected by the Selection Committee constituted by the Government and the selected arts works are exhibited at Chennai. The best Traditional / Contemporary Art works in Painting and Sculpture are awarded. In the senior category (above 30 years of age), 30 senior artists are awarded prize money of Rs.15,000/- each with a certificate of appreciation. 30 Junior artists (below 30 years of age) are awarded the prize money of Rs.10,000/- each with a certificate of appreciation and totally a sum of Rs.7.50 lakhs is given to 60 artists.
Scheme of Financial Assistance to artists for Conducting One-man Shows and Group Shows
For encouraging the talented artists of Tamil Nadu in the field of Painting, Sculpture and to enable them to conduct exhibition, Rs.25,000/- each is given to 10 artists for conducting one-man shows and Rs.50,000/- is given to 5 groups of talented artists. This scheme encourages and create awareness in the Painters and Sculptors. Every year Rs.5,00,000/- is allotted by the Government for conducting one-man shows and group shows.
Scheme of Awarding Scholarships to Students Studying Fine Arts
In order to encourage the outstanding students of Government Colleges of Fine Arts, Chennai and Kumbakonam, a scholarship of Rs.5,000/- each is awarded to outstanding final year Post Graduate Students. Similarly Rs.3,000/- each is awarded to outstanding final year Graduate students.
Every year educational scholarship is given for outstanding 10 students studying in final year B.F.A., at Rs.3000/- each and 4 educational scholarships for outstanding students studying in final year M.F.A. at Rs.5000/- each in Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Similarly for the Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam 10 outstanding students studying in final year B.F.A., are given scholarship at Rs.3000/- each and 2 outstanding students studying in final year M.F.A., are given scholarship at Rs.5000/- each. Every year around 26 outstanding students are benefitted. Totally a sum of Rs.90,000/- is allotted and awarded as educational scholarship as recommended by the Principals of the respective Colleges