New Delhi: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B), Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated All India Radio’s new Broadcast Auditorium and launched a digital version of ‘Gurbani’ of archival value as preserved in Prasar Bharati Archives at New Delhi today. To mark the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev, ‘Bani Utsav’ a Shabad-Kirtan Concert by eminent Raagis was also organized by the External Services Division of All India Radio.
Expressing his contentment over the successfully completed new auditorium, the I&B Minister stated that this multi-purpose auditorium will act as a one stop-destination for artists which will help in promoting their creativity and talent while also catering to honing their skills and representing India in the global front.
“An auditorium of its own would not only help in organizing the existing regular events but also organise more events to popularise various genres of music, dance, theatre and more, and have the potential to turn the place into a new cultural hub and destination in the capital,” said Javadekar.
Lauding the joined efforts of both Prasar Bharati and Ministry of I&B in completing the state-of-the-art Auditorium, Javadekar stressed on adequate utilization of such a facility and promoting works of art.
Accompanied by Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo, a plaque of the new auditorium was also unveiled by Javadekar.
The need for a modern auditorium of its own was felt for long by the constituents of Prasar Bharati – All India Radio and Doordarshan for organizing cultural events like music and dance concerts, talent hunt shows, memorial lectures. and more.
The 465-seat auditorium encompasses a Broadcast Museum, Sanskar Geet corner, rehearsal hall, library, conference facility and cafeteria with a gallery overlooking the floor, and inbuilt devices for recording, editing, and live streaming of audio and visual content. This facility will cater to the requirements of Prasar Bharati’s aural and visual wings i.e. All India Radio and Doordarshan.
The auditorium complex which is situated inside the AIR premises in the Parliament Street overlooks a newly created sprawling Rock Garden as part of its front facade and a large green lawn at the rear. The facade has been planned in conformity with the Broadcasting house which is a heritage building Grade-II as per the NDMC list of heritage buildings.
The space where this modern auditorium has come up was in a dilapidated condition. Intensive renovation and retrofitting for the auditorium complex. The project was completed within 15 months.
Amongst those present at the event were A. Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharati; Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO of PrasarBharati; Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; and Fayyaz Sheheryar, Director General, All India Radio.
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