Inauguration of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Regional Centre in Hyderabad Marks Milestone in Cultural Preservation


GG News Bureau
Hyderabad, 13th Feb. 
Former Vice President and Padma Vibhushan Awardee M. Venkaiah Naidu, alongside Union Minister of Culture, Tourism, and DoNER G Kishan Reddy, inaugurated the Regional Centre of the Sangeet Natak Akademi in Hyderabad on Monday.

Named Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra, the center signifies a significant step towards fostering cultural enrichment in the region.

As part of the ceremony, the foundation stone for the Bharata Kala Mandapam auditorium was laid, commemorating the centenary celebrations of Ghantasala. The event witnessed the presence of eminent personalities such as Padma Bhushan awardee Smt P Susheela and various officials from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Highlighting the importance of the newly established center, G Kishan Reddy remarked, “The Government of India has tirelessly worked for preserving, propagating, and protecting our heritage over the last decade. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support, the cultural heritage of the Telugu states has received a major fillip.”

Former Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts towards a cultural renaissance in India. He emphasized the significance of mother tongue in safeguarding cultural heritage, citing the National Education Policy as a step towards its preservation.

During the event, Padma Shri Awardees of 2024 from Telugu states were honored for their remarkable contributions. Among them were Shri Dasari Kondappa for his dedication to the tradition of Burra Veena, Shri Kethavath Somlal for translating the Bhagavad Geeta into Banjara language, Shri Gaddam Samiah for his excellence in Chindu Yakshaganam, Smt Uma Maheshwari for her profound impact on Harikatha, and Shri Velu Anandacharya for his outstanding work in sculpting and art across various temples in Telangana.

The Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra is poised to emerge as a premier cultural space, promoting research and documentation of music, folk and tribal arts, theater, and puppetry. With its inauguration, South India welcomes a pivotal hub dedicated to the preservation and promotion of its rich cultural heritage.

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