A hub of cultural, artisitic activity

TRIVENI KALA SANGAM

A hub of cultural, artisitic activity

An important cultural centre located in the Mandi House area, Triveni Kala Sangam is a hub of art galleries and an educational complex that lends support to the art and craft enthusiasts.

The institute has a very interesting history which dates back to the 1950s.
 It came into being in one room above a Coffee House in Connaught Place with two students under noted artist K S Kulkarni.

The idea of starting a dance institution in Delhi was the brain child of Sundari K Shridharani, a former student of Uday Shankar.

Her efforts soon got noticed, and Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru allotted her the land for the institution.

Gradually she put together a small group of like minded individuals and culture enthusiasts, started organising concerts and collecting funds.

Interestingly, the name ‘Triveni Kala Sangam’ was coined by flautist Vijay Raghav Rao and literally meaning ‘confluence of arts’. 

American architect, Joseph Allen Stein, was roped in to design the multi-purpose complex of art galleries in just half an acre of land.

Finally, the construction began around 1957 and eventually on March 3, 1963, the present building was inaugurated.

The complex, today, has four art galleries, namely Shridharani Gallery, Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Gallery and a basement gallery run by Art Heritage. 

It also has Triveni Chamber Theatre, Triveni Garden Theatre (outdoor theatre), Triveni Sculpture Court (an open air sculpture gallery), and students’ hostels, classes in various dance and music forms, painting and photography.

Besides, there is also a potted plant nursery and a bookshop.

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