Bangalore centre of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan enjoys as enviable reputation in the service of arts, education and culture as its present organisation in Mumbai. As is well-known, the Bhavan is brain child of visionary like Dr. K.M. Munshi. Founded in 1938 it had its objective of promoting and propagating tested Indian Ideals.
Karnataka as the distinction of nurturing one of the earliest such Kendras. Thanks to the motivation of personalities like Shri. Jaya Chamaraja Wodayar, the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Shri. S. Nijalingappa, the Chief Minister, Dr. R.R. Diwakar, Editor of the popular Kannada daily Samyuktha Karnataka, and Joint Editor of the Bhavan's Book University series, and the good offices of Shri. G. Narayana, the Mayor, a Plot on Race Course road was acquired. Shri. Sundarama Shetty of Vijaya Bank volunteered to help raise a building for the centre on lease. The foundation stone for the building was laid by Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri, then Prime Minister of India in the year 1965 and the building was inaugurated by Dr. V.V. Giri, President of India on 16 November 1969. With dignitaries like Shri. Jaya Chamaraja Wodayar (patron), Shri. Nijalingappa (Chairman) and Dr. R.R. Diwakar (Vice Chairman) at the helm, it did not take long for the Kendra to start functioning.
The administration initially in the hands of influential persons like Prof. M.P.L Shastry, Justice Gopi Vallabha Iyengar, Shri. K.P. Krishnamurthy, Advertising Manager of Deccan Herald and later Shri. S.R. Venkatachalam, started courses in Journalism and Public Relations and organising lectures and demonstrations on topics of varied interest, interspersed with music and dance recitals. All these activities started attracting the literati and connoisseurs of music and dance. This increased the secretarial responsibilities of the Kendra.
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Thanks to collaboration between Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru and the Consulate General of Israel to South India, cinephiles of the city can look forward to an Israeli film fiesta.
On January 21, 2021 the Kendra received his Excellency, Consul General Jonathan Zadka, Consulate General of Israel to South India who graced Bhavan's Film Society with his august presence. Mr. Zadka was accompanied by Ms Aditi Joshi, Head of Press, Consulate General of Israel to South India. They were welcomed by Shri K. G. Raghavan, Chairman and Shri H. N. Suresh, Director, Bhavan, Bengaluru.
Mr. Zadka expressed his delight at the naissance of Bhavan's Film Society, and elucidated on the importance of films as not only a source of entertainment but also as a platform to educate ourselves in the art and science of film-making. Erasing borders to indulge in cine experience from across the globe will introduce film lovers to new cultures, ideas and outlooks. He has promised to share riveting Israeli films for the benefit of Bhavan's Film Society members.
Bhavan Bangalore Press School has been awarded the prestigious International Dimension School Award. The award was given by British Council for a period of
three years from 2020-2023. The prize distribution function was held on an online platform. The British Council provides a globalised platform for the students to learn. It adds an international dimension to their learning. The whole project provided an opportunity for students and teachers to explore and innovate. It was a learning experience for both the students and teachers. Seven projects were taken up: Women empowerment, Monuments, Indigenous sports, Festivals, Music-makes-you-go round-the-world; Language learning-is-fun, and Jungle book. Almost all the students of the school were involved in one or the other of the projects. Some of the projects were collaborative. The students got an opportunity to collaborate with students of Nepal, US, China etc.
With the Covid-19 virus present around us, none are sure when the schools will reopen. To prevent any learning gaps for students, teachers have become tech savvy. They have learnt to make power point presentations, videos, and to take online classes, incorporating the special features of AR (Augmented Reality app).
Competitions were conducted on Environment Day and Yoga Day. On Environment Day, the students were asked to make posters, paintings or plant plants. On Yoga Day, the students were asked to send videos of them doing yoga asanas with their families. There were prizes for the best entries.
Dr. V. Parameshvara passed away on May 1, 2020. He was 90 years old. Dr. V. Parameshvara's association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan dates back to sixty years.
He was the Vice Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru Kendra and the Founding Member of the Board of Trustees, Sanskrit Promotion Foundation, New Delhi. It is relevant to recall that he sponsored many programmes at Bhavan in connection with Bhagavad Gita.
Dr. V. Parameshvara was a gifted and renowned physician. Despite excelling in studies in the UK, he returned and began his own practice in Bengaluru. It was no
surprise that he became popular with the people at large, both as an erudite clinician as well as a humane individual caring for his patients.
Recognition came in the form of several Fellowships, including Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, Association of Physicians of India, Cardiological Society of India, etc. One of Dr. V. Parameshvara's major achievements was the publication of the Encyclopedia of Indian Medicine in six volumes, a pioneering endeavour to revive the ancient system of Indian Medicine for the current generation and for posterity.
Dr. V. Parameshvara won numerous awards and recognitions and was involved in a lot of philanthropic and charitable activities.
N. Ramanuja, Chairman, BVB -Bengaluru, while expressing his sorrow on the demise of Dr. Parameshvara, said, "His cherished memories of advice and kind words will continue to guide me. I cannot forget his love for humanity and dedication to service. He continued to see patients in his clinic every morning despite his failing health. His passing away is a personal loss for me. What makes me feel sad is that his demise has come at a time when we were not able to bid him a proper farewell."
The Kendra will definitely miss his guidance. May his soul rest in peace.
Shri H. N. Suresh, Director, Bengaluru Kendra has been conferred with the prestigious Chitra Kala Samman in recognition of his contribution to Visual Arts by Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath - a quasi govt. organisation - in memory of Late Shri H. K. Kejriwal, a renowned art promoter and philanthropist.
The Award Function held on January 4, 2020 was presided over by Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Dy. Chief Minister, Govt. of Karnataka who presented the Chitra Kala Samman to Shri H. N. Suresh which included a memento with citation and a purse of Rs. 50,000/-.
Dr. B. L. Shankar, President, Chitra Kala Parishath, was the Chief Guest and the function was well attended by art critics, art lovers, and general public.