Triveni Kala Sangam
|Triveni Kala Sangam|
|Purpose/focus||Music, dance and arts education|
|Headquarters||205 Tansen Marg, near Bengali Market, New Delhi-110001|
Triveni Kala Sangam is an important cultural and arts complex and education centre in New Delhi. Founded in 1949, by Sundari K. Shridharani, who was also its Founding Director, Triveni, as it is commonly referred, contains four art galleries, a chamber theatre, outdoor theatre, open air sculpture gallery, besides this it runs its various arts, music and dance classes. It is situated on Tansen Marg, between Mandi House roundabout and Bengali Market.
The idea of starting a dance institution in Delhi was mooted by Sundari K. Shridharani, a former student of Uday Shankar, in 1949 when she had just moved to Delhi after marriage. The name 'Triveni Kala Sangam' was coined by flautist, Vijay Raghav Rao and literally meaning "confluence of arts". It started in one room above a Coffee House in Connaught Place, Delhi, with two students under noted artist K. S. Kulkarni. Soon her efforts got notice, and Pandit Nehru alloted her the land for the institution. Gradually she organized a small group of people, started organizing concerts, and collecting funds. Guru Rajkumar Singhajit Singh joined Triveni in 1954, as Head of the Manipur Dance Section, and later in 1962, founded the ‘Triveni Ballet’ of which he was Director and Principal Dancer.
American architect was roped to design to multi-purpose complex of art galleries, chamber theatre, library, photography darkroom, staff quarters, classrooms over just half an acre of land. Finally construction began around 1957 and eventually on March 3, 1963, the present building was inaugurated.
Triveni was one of the first buildings by noted American architect, Joseph Allen Stein (1957-1977) in India, who also designed several important building in New Delhi, like India International Centre and India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Designed in modern architecture style, the complex is noted for its " multiple spaces for multiple purposes" and use of jali work (stone lattices), which was to become Stein's hallmark.
Art Heritage Gallery was founded in 1977, by noted theatre personality, Roshen Alkazi, wife of theatre director Ebrahim Alkazi. It was a period before a host of commercial art galleries opened up across Delhi, and especially in South Delhi, even then Triveni managed to maintain its "non-commercial" approach to art. Roshan ran the gallery for over 40 years till her death in 2007. Today Ebrahim continues to be its Director, while still in his 80s
The Tea Terrace restaurant at Triveni Kala Sangam became a popular space for artists, student and intellectuals to meet and especially known for food specialities. It remained popular through the 70s and 80s, and even when other art centers started coming up across Delhi
Today the Triveni complex contains four art galleries, namely Shridharni Gallery, Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Gallery and a basement gallery run by Art Heritage. While Shridarini is the largest gallery
The complex also houses Triveni Chamber Theatre, Triveni Garden Theatre (outdoor theatre), Triveni Sculpture Court (an open air sculpture gallery), students' hostels, classes in various dance and music forms and painting, photography. Besides, a potted plant nursery, and a bookshop.
Arts and performing arts education
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