Tourism contributes to livelihood of Indian folk artists

09 April 2003, India

Tourism makes an important contribution to the livelihood of folk artists and artisans from heritage sites in the States of Kerala and Rajasthan, a study sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Tourism and Culture has found. Fifteen heritage sites from Kerala and 20 sites from Rajasthan were surveyed for the study, which found that 96% of the total income of artisan households in Kerala and 90% in Rajasthan comes from tourism only. The study also provided an insight into the general profile of artisan households in the two regions, finding that income levels for artisan households were higher in Kerala than in Rajasthan. The study also found child labour in artisan work in Rajasthan. For further information on the survey results, visit the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.