Sangeet Natak Akademi to set up Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra in Hyderabad
First, of its kind Regional Centre of Sangeet Nataka Akademi to be set-up in Hyderabad
Former Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and Shri G Kishan Reddy to inaugurate the Centre on 12th February
Along with the South India Cultural Centre, the foundation stone of the Bharat Kala Mandapam Auditorium is also to be laid
Matter of Pride that South India’s rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage is renowned globally will be further strengthened through this dedicated South India Cultural Centre of the Sangeet Natak Akademi – Union Minister Of Tourism, Culture and DoNER Sri G Kishan Reddy
By PIB Delhi
Over the last 10 years, the Government of India has endeavoured to ensure that our cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, is preserved, protected and further propagated for future generations. One of the mandates of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture and an apex body in the field of performing arts in the country is the preservation and promotion of this vast Intangible Cultural Heritage of India’s diverse culture expressed in forms of music, dance and drama. To further promote the rich cultural heritage of South India, the Ministry of Culture now intends to set up a Regional Centre of Sangeet Natak Akademi in Hyderabad that will be known as Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra.
Union Minister Of Tourism, Culture and DoNER Sri G Kishan Reddy stated that “Matter of Pride that South India’s rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage that is renowned globally will be further strengthened through this dedicated South India Cultural Centre of the Sangeet Natak Akademi”
The Akademi has no presence in South India so far. The centre is envisaged for the promotion of research and documentation of Music, folk and tribal arts, theatre and puppetry and will be developed as a state-of-the-art Regional centre and a leading cultural space that would foster the cultural growth and performative milieu of the state.
Further, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India recently commemorated the 100th birth anniversary of the legendary musician par excellence, freedom fighter and Padma Awardee Sri Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao through yearlong celebrations starting in December 2022 and culminating in December 2023.
Ghantasala’s legacy – his music and his emotive voice still continues to thrive in the homes of music lovers across India and around the globe. He was not just a singer but a freedom fighter who spent more than a year in jail for his participation in the Quit India movement. His gift to his followers and enthusiasts included a rendition of the Bhagavad Gita – a true masterpiece that was delivered with true devotion and bhakti.
Keeping the contributions of Ghantasala in mind, the Sangeet Natak Akademi under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has proposed the construction of an auditorium that shall be known as “Bharat Kala Mandapam” within the “Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra” at the CCRT Campus in Madhapur, Hyderabad.
The foundation stone for the “Bharat Kala Mandapam” auditorium and the inauguration of the South India Cultural Centre of the Sangeet Nataka Akademi Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra will be performed on Monday, 12th February at 5:00 PM at Shilpa Kala Vedika, Hitech City, Hyderabad and will include a cultural programme that will celebrate the contributions of Shri Ghantasala. Former Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and Shri G Kishan Reddy to inaugurate the Centre on 12th February
During this event, the Ministry of Culture will felicitate the recent Padma awardees from the Telugu states including the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awardees.