This is an annual feature, taking place around October/November every year. Held as a tribute to celebrated dramatist Shri Adi Marzban, this competition is open to any group of Mumbai and even Other Parts of the country, mainly Gujarat.
In memory of yesteryear’s eminent actor – director of Gujarati Theatre and Former Director of Programme – Kala Kendra, Shri Giresh Desai, lovingly known as ‘Bhausaheb’, this Open Hindi Ekanki Natya Spardha is organized by Ex - Students of Bharatiya Natya Shikshapeeth in association with Kala Kendra since 2003 in Hindi Language in the month of March every year. This competition gives platform to all amateur artistes. Any College, Theatre group or individual can participate in this competition.
Bhavan's Kala Kendra in collaboration with Sahitya Kala Sampada plans and presents innovative programmes involving Gujarati arts, culture and literature. The Programmes are held once a month, in the morning of 3rd Sunday.
“Ateet Ka Sangeet” – A monthly programme for the lovers of music of old films and classical compositions.
Kala Kendra has introduced a monthly programme for the lovers of music of old films and classical compositions in association with “The Society of Indian Record Collectors” & “Sargam”. “Ateet Ka Sangeet” – A rare opportunity to listen to Vintage Recordings of Classical, Folk, Light, Films, Theatre Music of different Genre and different Themes. This programme scheduled on every 4th Saturday of the month, takes the listeners down memory lane.
“Vintage Films”- A monthly programme for film lovers. Screening of Hindi / Gujarati / Marathi / Foreign Films. (In association with CINE SOCIETY)
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. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has been a temple of cultural activities.
Kala Kendra develops and promotes amateur talents in various fields such as Drama, Dance, Music, Children’s Theatre and Experimental Theatre.
Kala Kendra organises cultural programmes of various kinds, as well as arranges lectures cum demonstrations on the various art forms. As a Production House, Kala Kendra also reinforces the importance of the ‘Indian Literature’.
Air-conditioned, Bhavan – Kanji Khetsey Sabhagriha, located in the heart of the city at Girgaon Chowpatty, provides Kala Kendra with ideal facilities for its activities. Also available on rent.
The Bhavan's Kala Kendra is able to carry out its work in the cultural field through the generosity of its supporters, many of whom attend our performances, lectures and workshops.
Even a small donation of money will make a difference to the Bhavan's Kala Kendra’s ability to serve its growing public and support the development of the arts and propagating Indian culture. Many regular donations of relatively small amounts of money can be just as effective a way of supporting us as offering a single lump sum.
You don’t have to be wealthy or famous to give. For many cultural ventures around the world, it is the modest giving of passionate supporters that ensures the day to day sustainability of an organisation.
Small gifts will be acknowledged with a receipt and a letter of thanks, and in future, you will be included in invitations to various special events held at the Bhavan for our regular donors.
Bhavan upholds our ancient concepts:
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - " The World is one family ".
Aa no Bhadraah kratavo yantu vishwatah - “Let Noble thoughts come to us from every side".
The above connotations vindicate unequivocally the catholicity of mind, the democratic fibre and the secularist character enshrined in our culture from time immemorial.
The Bhavan seeks the active participation and support of all in the movement of carrying the universal message of the great Indian Culture to the four corners of the world and of building up a Commonwealth of Faith, Hope and Basic Human Values, bringing nations and people together to strive for a world free from hatred and strife and full of love, peace and happiness.
We therefore invite you to join us in continuing this pious and holy campaign and thus strengthen Bhavan's hands in its relentless efforts.
Donating to the Bhavan's Kala Kendra is easy. Simply post a cheque drawn in the favour of “Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan” along with a covering letter to:
Director of ProgrammeThe Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is registered as an educational institute of national eminence under Section 80(G) (2)(a) (iii-F) of the Income Tax Act. Under this provision all donation made to the Bhavan are eligible for full rebate. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan looks forward to your enthusiastic support to this great institution which will endure and flourish.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Dr. K.M. Munshi Marg,
Mumbai 400 007
Chairman: Shri Surendralal G. Mehta
Executive Secretary: Shri H. N. Dastur
Bhavan's Kala Kendra
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Chowpatty, Mumbai 400007
Phone: (022) 2363 1261(Ext.231),2369 8085
Office Timings: Monday to Friday
Morning: 11.00 a.m. 1.00 p.m.
Afternoon: 2.00 p.m. to 5.00.p.m.