|Chowdiah Memorial Hall|
Name: Chowdiah Memorial Hall
The Chowdiah Memorial Hall, named after the violin maestro Tirumakudalu Chowdiah, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Malleswaram. Designed in the shape of a violin, the venue is a hub of arts and culture, playing host to a wide array of events - ranging from classical music concerts, to theatre and drama, to prestigious quiz competitions.
Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is located on Sankey Road, in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was built in memory of the Violin maestro Chowdaiah K K Murthy a great lover of music and culture. This 1,100 seated auditorium is an architectural marvel built in the shape of a gigantic Violin.
The CMH is built on a 275x220 ft. site at Gayathri Devi Park Extension below the Sankey Tank Bund Road. From the tank road, a bird's eye view of the violin shaped hall can be seen.
The work on the building was started in 1973 and completed on November 14, 1980. The total cost of the construction was Rs 36 lakhs. Grants in the form of loans were given by the State Government, Syndicate Bank, etc. Public donations and personal funds, have also gone into financing the construction of the memorial hall. Bangalore till then was served by only one such ultra modern auditorium - Ravindra Kalakshetra. Arts and artists in the State were further encouraged with the opening of the CMH.
The violin shape. Chowdiah and violin were synonymous. That is why it took a violin shape, the exact copy of a seven stringed violin, complete with strings, the keys, the bow, the whole works. It is unique for the reason that it is the first building in the shape of a musical instrument in the whole world. It is also the first ever memorial to a musician anywhere in India.
The CMH shape, the marble foyer lit with chandeliers, the false ceiling of the foyer inscribed with music notations and figures of the violin, the cymbal, the drum, the glass ceiling of the curved stem lit with concealed lights, the highlighting of the violin contour by halogen lamps, the strings coated with luminous paints and lighted by rays from black-wood lamps to give a special effect, the fountains, the garden surrounding the building, all add grandeur to the Hall. In front of the foyer and in the compound of the CMH, a beautiful and well-maintained garden adds glory to the building.
Two decades are over since it was opened and CMH is a high-profile functional cultural centre in Bangalore. Many prestigious educational institutions and other commercial organisations as well, hold their cultural and entertainment programmes here. It is well suited for even seminars and university convocation ceremonies. In fact, it has become a custom for Bangalore University to hold their convocations here.
CMH has a very big stage with fully equipped green rooms on either side. It is also suitable for dramas, dance, opera, ballet, music concerts, screening of newsreels, film festivals, children's films, etc.
Some more Special features of CMH: Automatic power change over system to DG set - 2 Nos. 125 KVA enabling continuous supply of power to lights, sound and air conditioning, non-stop supply of water and canteen. Special Officer at CMH, Sudaram told bangalorebest.com that the facilities were being added and frequently updated to keep the CMH contemporary and to continue to provide the audience with a memorable experience.