Name: Ravindra Kalakshetra
Location: JC Road, Bangalore-560002 Near Puttanna Chetty Town Hall
Main attraction: Old impressive auditorium.
The renovated Ravindra Kalakshetra, which was inaugurated, has a truly welcoming atmosphere. Seating arrangements, audio and light system and other basic facilities have been addressed by the Kannada and Culture Department. Emphasis has been given to audio and lighting. A sophisticated audio system, imported from France, has been installed. Special front speakers have been installed for VIP members in the front row. It also includes monitor speakers for the performers on the stage. The entire theatre is equipped with adequate lighting system. A total of 120 lights have been installed. The entire lighting system is computerised. The department has taken all the necessary measures to install proper communication system between backstage and control system using Production Intercom Communication System. Department Secretary I M Vittalmurthy told the reporters that renovation costed Rs 2.8 crore.
Built to commemorate the birth centenary of the great poem and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore is a seat of art, culture and entertainment in Bangalore. While all the states in India has a Kalakshetra commemorating Tagore (except Tamil Nadu) the Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore perhaps has the best equipped theatre and is therefore one of the most popular centres for cultural activities in the garden city of Bangalore.
Recently the kalakshetra remained closed for as long as 6 months for the purpose of renovation that cost the Government a total of Rs 60 lakhs. But after the renovation, the theatre not only became qualitatively even better but also looks gorgeous with satin curtains and sidelights.
Construction and Inaugauration:
While the Government of Karnataka collected the major fund necessary for the construction of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore, famous personalities like Shivaji Ganeshan, a popular Tamil cine actor and others also came forward to contribute for the construction of the Kalakshetra. On March, 9, 1963, Dr Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Education of Karnataka inaugurated place and sine then the theatre is used for various cultural activities and seminars.
The 27 year old impressive auditorium has a new lighting system, renovated seats with sidelights and more space between rows. Acoustics in the auditorium have been renovated. Satin curtains have added colour to the stage. There are six panels at the entrance to display posters and banners. A monument of Ravindranath Tagore in a glass showcase welcomes the audience at the entrance.
The auditorium is rented out for two sessions-9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. For Kannada plays the rent is Rs 850 per session; Kannada competitions and conferences Rs 1,000; music, dance, sugam sangeeta and cultural activities of other languages Rs 1,500; annual functions, conferences, orchestras and western music Rs 4,000.