Bangalore Kendra
Year-Long Celebration of Twin Anniversaries
It is celebration time for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. The worldwide organisation is all set to celebrate its platinum jubilee which ideally coincides with the 125th birth anniversary of its great founder, Dr. K. M. Munshi.
In keeping with its kendras elsewhere, including its head-quarters in Mumbai, the Bangalore Kendra has wide ranging programmes to mark this double event. The programmes were chalked out in July this year. Already, the following events, have been conducted.
A. Unveiling of Kulapati Munshiji’s bronze bust.
B. Installation of an Adhara Sthambha, portraying 24 eminent personalities who supported the Bhavan ideology.
C. Painting on a 75ft long canvas by 25 eminent artists of Karnataka depicting the cultural heritage of India.
D. Publication in Kannada translation of Munshiji’s Works.
The projects to follow are listed below:
a) Setting up of Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi Centre for Art & Culture and Research in the appreciation of various art and literary forms and Sanskrit, which were close to Munshiji’s heart.
b) Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi Forum for Good Governance.
c) Establishment of Gandhi Centre for Computer Learning (Initiative of Microsoft Corporation) at Bhavan-BBMP Public School, Srirampuram.
d) Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi Institute for Television Production. Classes in the Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi Centre for Art & Culture and Research opened in July 2012. The centre will be headed by Dr. Shatavadhani Ganesh, well known scholar of Indian Philosophy.
f) The year long celebration formally began with a special function on November 6, 2012 at Raj Bhavan jointly with Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, Munshiji’s 125th birth anniversary will also be held at Raj Bhavan, on December 30, 2012. The year-long programmes will consist of over 100 activities covering.
* Music and Dance
* Painting, Sculpture and Photographic Exhibitions
* Kathas and Discourses
* Ramayana,
* Mahabharata and Geeta Saptaha
* Literary meets and Seminars
* Book Exhibitions
The broad-based programmes will be held at multiple locations in Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka. Bhavan is grateful to the Government of Karnataka and Doordarshan, Bangalore Kendra for their unstinted support over the years and during its Platinum Jubilee and 125th Birth Anniversary of Kulapati. Dr. K. M. Munshiji. The following month wise programmes during July – September 2012, were part of the event.
It started on July 7 at 6 PM with Padmabhushan Dr. B. Saroja Devi participating in the release of 27 books of Kulapati Munshiji in Kannada translation, published by Mysore Kendra by Shri M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Jnanapeetha awardee, Dr. U. R. Anantha Murthy was the Chief Guest. Bhavan Chairman Shri N. Ramanuja presided.
Bhavan's Executive Secretary and Director General, Shri H. N. Dastur on July 14 delivered the Sri Yadalam Nanajaiah Setty Memorial Lecture on “Munshi – a Versatile Genius”. His Excellency Dr. H. R. Bhardwaj was the Chief Guest. Shri N. Ramanuja presided. Scholarships were awarded to meritorious students as part of the event.
On Aug 8 a seminar along with Music and Dance Recitals on the theme of Jaya Deva's Geeta Govinda was commemoration of the birth anniversary of late Dr. Mathoor Krishnamurti was well-attended and applauded.
A three-day seminar on Indian classical dances, lecture, demonstration and performance in association with Nupura was held from Auguest 18 to 20,2012.

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