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Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru is dedicated to the handsome Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. His imposing life-size portrait and bust at the entrance is a welcoming sight for spellbound visitors. A recent renovation in infrastructure means that this place is now technologically advanced and well-equipped for hosting a diverse range of artistic performances. The stage is surrounded by latest sound and light systems which are coupled with the necessary technical assistance. The musical performances are more alluring with the movable pit, which accommodates musicians and their consoles. There are separate green rooms for male and female performers. This venue has witnessed many interesting regional plays, dance and vocal performances. Theater troupes from different parts of the country have staged their plays here. Just behind the main building is an amphitheater for conducting small open-air local events. Catch up with any of the two shows that are held here, one in the morning and the other in the evening. This venue is located near Sir Puttannachetty Town Hall on J. C. Road.
Located opposite the Ravindra Kalakshetra, the A.D.A Rangamandira is a hub for many cultural programs that happen in the city. Founded in 1909 by a handful of people who were keen on encouraging good theater, the venue has since then played host to numerous plays, classical music and dance programs, and also spiritual performances. So the next time you're in the city and wish to catch a good play or a beautiful classical show do swing by the A.D.A Rangamandira.
If you're a billiards enthusiast in Bengaluru, chances are that you've already heard of the Karnataka State Billiards Association. Established in 1949, it has a superlative billiards facility and is one of the oldest such clubs in the country. Located in Vasanthanagar, the facility has a billiards hall with no less than 11 tables for billiards and four for pool. The hall has been designed with international standards and is capable of hosting professional tournaments. Apart from this, the club has facilities like a card room, a swimming pool, a hall for private events as well as a restaurant and bar. The facility counts some of the country's top professional players as its members and is one of the best billiards clubs in the city.
Adding more to the local events scene in the city of Bengaluru, Ambedkar Bhavan is an entertainment venue with an interesting repertoire to boast of. The building's beige and pink facade adds a few more hues to its luscious green surroundings. The bhavan has theater-styled seating with crystal clear sound systems, while modern technology and installations are assisted efficiently by the ready onsite technicians. Small functions and big celebrations can be held here amid much pomp, as it has an ample seating capacity of more than a thousand people.
The first thing that you notice about this hall is the unique shape of the building's exterior. Chowdiah Memorial Hall (CMH) is shaped in the form of a violin, as it was built after the renowned violinist Mr. T. Chowdiah. The surrounding areas are spic and span with well-pruned gardens and mowed lawns. With plush interiors and modern installations in the sound system, the hall accommodates a little more than one thousand people in the audience. Famous not only for its architecture but also, for the diverse cultural events that it hosts, this stage has seen numerous musical concerts, recitals, plays, spiritual sessions and classical performances. The venue is often rented for weddings, local events, and other celebrations. Situated behind it, is the serene Sankey Tank, which is a lot more than just a water reservoir.
KH (Kengal Hanumantiah) Kala Soudha is the place to be if you want to witness real cultural entertainment. An extremely popular event venue in Bengaluru, the place offers state-of-the-art technical facilities and sound equipment. There is a huge auditorium with an equally proportionate stage, which hosts events of various genres like dance, music, and art. The lights as well as the acoustics are incredible and give just the desired effect for any type of event. Primarily a theater, live plays, and dramas are a frequent happening at this cultural hub.
Located inside the Bangalore International Centre, the Bangalore International Centre Auditorium is a venue that plays host to everything from lectures to book launches to musical performances. It has also hosted several international conferences. The Auditorium has a capacity to seat 80 and is easily accessible by means of public transport.
Suchitra Film society was the brainchild of a theater activist whose sole inspiration in life was films! A few of the amateur enthusiasts joined him and the society came to form in the year 1970. Their first festival was the Bergman film festival in 1973. The Suchitra Cinema and Cultural academy was inaugurated by the acclaimed Indian director Satyajit Ray who commented that we needed art theaters in order to find outlets for good films. The society organizes various activities for children throughout the year and a festival Chitrabharthi for all audiences. In addition, they also have various workshops, screenings, competitions too. It is a prime location for alternative film viewing for the movie buffs, thus definitely living their motto "Great films will be made when we have greater audience."