Bhavan’s Sanskritik Kendra a wonderful gift to nation

 Media Coverage  |  18-08-2023

Dr Darda visits BVM’s cultural centre at Koradi

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ at Koradi near Nagpur is a wonderful gift to the nation, said chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda while describing his visit as enlightening and enriching. The ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ was inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu recently.

While appreciating the amazing artifacts at the Kendra, Dr Darda said, “Magnificently built and designed, this Kendra reflects the rich culture, literature, tradition and heritage of the nation.”

He said, “The Ramayana Darshan Hall, with its mesmerizing paintings on episodes of Ramayan, depict the great epic in a vibrant manner,” and appreciated that various episodes of the Ramayana had notings in Hindi, Marathi and English vividly describing what a viewer was seeing at a glance.

Bharat Mata Sadanam, the statue of Bharat Mata, over 150 paintings of freedom fighters, 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees and also 14 paintings depicting significant events of the freedom struggle create a feeling of patriotism and spirituality in people, he observed.

Commending T Bhaskaradoss, who brilliantly executed the vibrant interior paintings, and Dr K Dakshinamoorthy (Sthapati) from Chennai who skilfully crafted exterior sculptors, Dr. Darda said, “I am surprised why they have not been honoured with Padma awards.

He said the duo should at least be honoured with Padma Shri awards. He also demanded that the tourism ministry should include the Kendra in the list of prominent tourist spots.

Dr Darda also appreciated the efforts of Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit and chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sanskritik Kendra Rajendra Purohit, saying the grand structure had been built due to their untiring efforts. He said he was overwhelmed after seeing the artwork on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The image of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj seems to come alive even as one stands in front of it, he remarked.

Thousands of visitors daily

Around 10,000 to 12,000 people visit the ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ every day. This historic centre has details about Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Jhansi Ki Rani and many other freedom fighters in three languages – Hindi, Marathi and English. The schoolchildren of any age and class should visit this place to learn about Indian art, culture, tradition and values, Dr Darda said.

Wireless headphones could be provided

Dr Darda felt that the ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ could be equipped with wireless headphones to allow visitors to listen to narrations about paintings as they stand before them. Such facilities are available in art galleries and museums in European countries.

Chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda and chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ Rajendra Purohit during their visit to the ‘Sanskritik Kendra’ on Wednesday. (Inset) A wonderful artwork on display at the kendra.         Rajesh Tickley/LT

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