New Delhi: The cultural of unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will start distributing India's own 'Nobel Prize' awards from next month in the field of Arts, Culture and Literature.
After receiving a nod from the Ministry of Culture, RSS will carry out an event which has been appropriately called Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsava from next month. The jury who will decide on the nominees and the winner consist of prominent national and international artists.
The extravagant function will cost RSS around Rs 220 crore, out of which, Rs 70 crore will be used mainly for the awards.
"The Sanskriti Mahotsava will be held each year now. It is a confluence or arts and culture, where in, we try to bring together artists from remote places to showcase their talent," an officer from the Ministry of Culture said.
The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsava is currently being held in the national capital which will be followed by other editions of the events throughout different Indian states i.e. Bangalore, Jammu and Kashmir and Varanasi.
"The idea was proposed to the Ministry of Culture by us. We thought that Indians working in the field of arts, culture and literature should also get their due. Why should the great Indian writers wait to win a Nobel Prize, we should honor them with our own award that is equally respectable," Sanskar Bharti, the proponent of the idea, said.
The RSS award function will take place annually.