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Bangaluru, August 29, 2016: On the occasion of the 90th birth anniversary of the late Chief Minister Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, the foundation stone for a cultural centre in his name was unveiled by State Minister Sri. R.V Deshpande and members of Parliament and long standing friends of Sri. Hegde, Sri. Ram Jethmalani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and M.P Dr. Rajeev Gowda.

The Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre is an initiative of Prasiddha Foundation, of which the late Sri. Hegde was a Founding Trustee. Padmasri awardee Smt. Prathibha Prahlad said that this would be fitting tribute to the late Chief Minister, who wanted Bengaluru to be the cultural capital of India. “The Cultural Centre will be a meeting place for ideas and creativity and will be open to the public to make use of the resources on offer,” said Prathibha Prahlad. She explained that a cultural city is a city with character and Bengaluru needs more such spaces for culture to restore to its old glory.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Sri. R.V Deshpande said he was very happy to be partaking in this momentous function. He spoke fondly of his days as a minister in Sri. Hegde’s cabinet and said that he was very happy that such a great personality like Sri. Hegde would have a Cultural Centre named after him. He pledged his Government’s support for this project and expressed confidence that Prathibha Prahlad would make this Centre vibrant and happening.

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi spoke of the importance of culture as an expression of India’s soft power. He said that Bengaluru was originally known as the science capital of India, later as the IT Capital and with this Centre and Prathibha Prahlad’s vision, it would soon become the cultural capital.

The veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani fondly recalled his times with Sri. Hegde.”Such politicians are a rare breed and I am very happy that Sri. Hegde will finally have a Cultural centre in his name”, he said.

The short and memorable ceremony that was attended by several politicians and important persons started with a dance performance by Prathibha Prahlad’s disciples after which a film on the 25 years of the Foundation’s work in the field of culture was showcased.

The Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre will come up on a site leased to Prasiddha Foundation in Vidyaranpura, North Bengaluru. The Centre will have one indoor auditorium that will have good facilities for performances. A Basement theatre will double as an experimental theatre space for productions in progress. This space can also have intense baithak performances for small audiences.

A small recording studio is proposed so that in house artistes and choreographers can record music for their performances / productions. The Centre will house an ‘open art gallery’ that can showcase works of young and upcoming artistes. Rehearsal spaces that can double up for classes and impromptu performances and lecture / demonstrations are also part of the Centre. The Centre will have a few rooms for guest artistes and choreographers and an informal Cafe that can cater to artistes and guests visiting the Centre.

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There is a dearth of such centres in Bengaluru. The Prasiddha Foundation is dedicated to use cultural as a powerful tool for interpersonal & cross cultural communication. We believe that it is through culture and activities in the arts that people become tolerant, accepting and refined. This promotes harmonious societies and in turn harmony in cities and countries.

We are inviting like -minded people to join hands with us towards facilitating this project that will benefit the larger population of Bengaluru and add to Bengaluru’s cultural profile. We request donations, grants and financial aid in any form or kind to help build and activate this centre.

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