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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was established by late Dr. K.M. Munshi in 1938 at Bombay with the main objective of reviving, propagating and popularising Indian culture, civilization and philosophy amongst our people.
The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is not just an institution; it is a movement, a cause. Its objects have been, from its inception, to encourage the study of all aspects of Indian Culture, to help in the reintegration of the latter in the light of modern conditions; and to aid the fundamentals of Indian Culture. The Bhavan is thus a centre in which our ancient learning and modern intellectual aspirations combine to create a new spirit and literature, a new history and culture.
The Bhavan's activities touch "all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond" as Prime Minister Nehru (Founder Member of the Bhavan) averred on the first of his many visits to the Bhavan in 1950.
The Bhavan is an adventure in faith.
We seek to inculcate the value-based life through (1) Comprehensive educational institutions: from kindergarten to post-graduate training in Sanskrit and Vedic studies; Dance, Drama and Music; Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Management, Sociology, Life and Health Sciences; and (2) Publications named Book University which cover a wide range and variety of subjects of ancient and modern thought.
Bhavan's Kendras like Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kolkata, Amritsar, London and several others have increased the depth and the scope of their cultural activities.

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has set before the public an example of perseverance and self-help in the field of cultural activity. To fight illiteracy and ignorance and to give a bias to education, we need many more institutions like the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Rajendra Prasad

All the efforts of the Bhavan are anchored to the great cultural heritage which provides the emotional bonds linking each one of us to Punyabhoomi Bharat, where "even the Gods love to be born".

S. Ramakrishnan

The ceaseless, all-embracing, ever-widening activities of the Bhavan are meant to resuscitate the fundamental values of our culture: Satyam (Truth), Shivam (Love), Sundaram (Beauty), Shraddha (Faith), Samyama (Self- discipline) and Samarpana (Dedication). ".

S. Ramakrishnan.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has blossomed into a fine flower of Indian culture spreading its sweet perfume not only over this entire country but also overseas.

Sri Girdharilal Mehta

From the beginning, the Bhavan has not been an institution; it was conceived as a movement; it has remained as such. Its mission has been to reintegrate Indian Culture by re-capturing its fundamental values afresh to suit modern times. Its rapid growth has been the materialisation of vision.

K. M. Munshi

To provide the young people... a nourishing food for the soul....

Kulapati Munshi decided to prepare a series of graded Culture Course Readers for Standards I to X suited to the calibre and assimilative capacity of different age-groups among our children. It also serve the purpose of self-teaching text-books on Indian Culture.

The Bhavan's books devoted to Bharatiya Culture with no vulgar features to mar their main pattern have worthy of their character and have thereby proved that there are enough people in India who have survived evil influences and that the soul of India is still sound.

C. Rajagopalachari

Deeply impressed by the quality of the contents of The Eternal Values for a Changing Society and The Message of the Upanishads, Smt. Indira Gandhi ordered 12 sets and sent one set each as her personal present to some of the important Heads of State such as H.M. Queen Elizabeth of England, President Nixon of U.S.A., President Podgorny of the U.S.S.R., Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia, Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany, Prime Minister Smt. Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon.

With God's grace. we hope that this lamp of knowledge - 'Inanamaya Pradeepa' - will remain aflame spreading the light of knowledge for many decades to come.

S. Ramakrishnan.

The basic aim of the Bhavan is to build a modern bridge spanning the past, present and future, on the foundations of moral and spiritual values as also to nurture
Great hearts, strong minds,
True faith and willing hands:
Men whom the lust of office cannot kill:
Men who have an opinion and a will.

S. Ramakrishnan.

We believe that there are elements in all cultures which transcend all barriers - linguistic, national and religious - and can knit all people together. Indeed, the Bhavan’s ideal is: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam -The World is One Family. To us, secularism is not godlessness but the Gandhian concept of Sarva Dharma Samabhava - equal respect for all religions.

S. Ramakrishnan.

The Multi-Dimensional Cultural Activities of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan can be briefed as below:

  • 1. Cultural Centers at various Kendras that teach and demonstrate various art forms.
    KALA KENDRA, Chowpatty, Mumbai.
    Kala Kendra started in 1948 is the Cultural and Art wing of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan devoted to the development and presentation of Indian Dance, Music, Literature and other Performing Arts. Continue reading >>
    KALA BHARATI, Bengaluru
    courses offered:
    Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Carnatic and Hindustani Vocal, Veena, Tabla, Mridangam, Ghatam, Keyboard, Flute and Drawing.Continue reading >>
    KALABHARATI, Mysuru, Karnataka
    Kala Kendra organises cultural programmes of various kinds, as well as arranges lectures cum demonstrations on the various art forms. Continue reading >>
    KALABHARATI, Kochi, Kerala
    functions to Preserve and Promote the vast cultural heritage of India expressed in music, dance, yoga and Sanskrit. It conducts classes in a variety of disciplines like Carnatic Vocal Music, Bharatanatyam, Violin, Veena, Mridhangam, Yoga and Sanskrit. Continue reading >>
    CULTURAL CENTRE, Coimbatore
    The Cultural Centre is open to members who are interested in our ancient Culture and Heritage. Lectures and classes are held on important religious scriptures in Sanskrit and Tamil. Classes have been arranged on all the week days. The lectures are conducted in English and Tamil, depending on the text they are teaching and the availability of the resource person. Continue reading >>
    KALAKENDRA, Amritsar
    organising programs every month based on music, dance, drama and theatre for art loving people of Amritsar. Number of distinguished dignitaries attend this event every month to make it a huge success. Continue reading >>
  • 2. Cultural Institutes/Academies run by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
    Bhavan's Kalasrjan Academy of Indian Classical Music, Dance & Fine Arts, was established on 2nd August 2008, mainly to train & promote Indian art & Culture through a systematic syllabi prepared by the respective experts of the subjects and taught in the Guru-Shishya Parampara.
    Courses offered: Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Hindustani Classical Vocal, Carnatic Classical Vocal, Tabla and Sitar. visit website >>
    Bhavan's Faculty of Fine Arts, Coimbatore
    offers Diploma courses to students seeking to learn the rich classical art forms of Carnatic Music, Bharatanatyam, Veena and Mridangam and a Certificate Course for devotional music. Continue reading >>
  • 3. Centres of Indology: A step towards reintegration of Indian Culture
    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, has taken the initiative to start Centres of Indology at various kendras to conduct systematic study and teaching and research of Bhartiya Vidya- the History, the Languages, Literatures and Culture of India, Religion, Philosophy etc.
    Mungalal Goenka Institute of Post-Graduate Studies and Research, Mumbai
    Recognised by University of Mumbai for post-graduate studies and research in Sanskrit and Indian culture, and conducts various short-term courses on Sanskrit and Indian culture, on regular basis. Continue reading >>
  • 4. To Preserve, Promote and Disseminate Sanskrit and Sankriti
    Munshi established Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to preserve, promote and disseminate Sanskrit and Sankriti- the wisdom path shown by the visionary sages, the moral law which stands for social and national values, and the ideals like Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam for international harmony resulting in peace and sustainable progress
    Shri Shankaracharya Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya (SSSM), New Delhi
    Besides conducting regular courses for teaching Sanskrit as a Language, SSSM is also trying to impart basic tenets of Indian culture to its students.
  • 5. Auditoriums: To Promote and Propagate the Performing Arts and rich Indian Heritage
    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan through its various Kendras provide as an excellent platform for celebrated artiste and talent promotion for aspiring artiste. Most of the Kendras have Airconditioned Auditorium with modern amenities. Bhavan's Auditorium at Chowpatty, Mumbai, BCCA Auditorium at Andheri Campus, Mumbai, Bhavan’s Dr. Preetha Reddy Auditorium and Bhavans Vishwanath Trivedi Sabagraha at Mylapore, Chennai are few among them.
    Kanji Khetsey Sabhagriha (Bhavan's Auditorium), Chowpatty, Mumbai
    Auditorium is available for Dramas, Dance and Music Programmes, Annual functions of Schools and Other Institutions, Religious and Spiritual Discourses, Company Meetings, Prayer Meetings etc.Seating capacity: total 668.
    Maharana Pratap Auditorium, Jaipur
    equipped with all modern activities. Various cultural programmes of the school and outside agencies are held in the auditorium. It has seating capacity of 830 persons.
    Sardar Patel Sabha Griha, Kochi, Kerala
    The modest A/c Auditorium at TD.Road is the perfect for cultural programmes. With a capacity of 550 pax, the hall is venue for many cultural activities and discourses.
  • 6. Bhavan's Libraries - It's more than just BOOKS!
    Bhavan's Libraries at various Kendras, preserving India's ancient learning and also reaching out to the members of the community offering a vast repertoire of ancient knowledge and wisdom to modern day interpretation to meet the needs for one's own learning and growth. Unique collection of Manuscripts, ancient coins, paintings, antiques and artefacts are also preserved at these libraries.
    Libraries are available at:
    • Bhavan Head office, Chowpatty, Mumbai
    • Kochi Kendra, Kerala
  • 7. School/College level Cultural Events
    Bhavan's Schools and colleges organize wonderful and imaginative programmes covering a varied aspects of Indian Culture and performing Arts regularly.

Cultural Outreach Program

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in association with Infosys Foundation has started a cultural outreach program through an MOU entered in May 2016 to resurrect and showcase our traditional culture and to revive dying arts.
Eleven Kendras, all over India, have been selected to organize this program.
An essential requisite is the incorporation of the aesthetic dimension into culture not as training in skills but as an agency for developing a synchronous, holistic life-style and perspective portraying our cultural diversity.
The role of dances, bhajans, sugam sangeet, folk music, puppetry, visual & performing arts etc. bring out rural ethnicity.
Across 11 Kendras, 183 programmes have been conducted so far and 1801 artistes performed in the Outreach programmes.
Several TV channels & Print media has covered most of these programmes. Around 54991 people have enjoyed these outreach programmes.

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BCCA, Andheri Campus

Bhavan’s Cultural Centre - multi-lingual and multi-dimensional cultural centre within the Bhavan's Andheri Campus - offering quality programs of music, dance, drama and other allied arts and cultural events. Bhavan’s Cultural Centre has been organizing nearly 180 programs every year

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Chennai Kendra

The Chennai Kendra serves as an excellent platform for celebrated artiste and talent promotion for aspiring artiste. The Kendra has air conditioned library and conduct courses for a variety of cultural discipline like Vocal Music, Bharatanatyam, Yoga and Sanskrit Classes.

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Kolkata Kendra

The Kolkata Kendra conducts various cultural activities on regular basis. It has introduced three annual festivals. 'NAAD' in March every year for instrumental music and dance. Dance Drama festival in the month of September/October. Folk Music and Dance in the month of November/December.

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SURUCHI KENDRA, Jaipur

Bhavan's Centre for Cultural & Social Responsibility (Suruchi Kendra) has developed a Mini hall with a capacity of nearly 90 people well equipped with a stage for organizing short programs of performing arts besides seminars and lectures.

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