CAVA building to be inaugurated soon

Four more buildings for different departments planned

 If all goes according to plan, the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts will start operating from a new facility from the next academic year. Works on the new building, taken up at a cost of Rs 5 crore, located at Siddhartha Nagar in the city, is almost complete.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, CAVA Dean V A Deshpande said, even though the building is ready for inauguration, it would take some time to develop infrastructure there. Starting classes at the facility from next academic year will give us enough time for it, he said.

CAVA, which has been operating from the Chamarajendra Technical Institute (CTI) Building since 1982, was allotted the land for construction of a new building three years ago. It will be larger than the existing facility, with enough facilities for students to study and explore various art forms. The carpet space is also more, he said. The date for the inauguration of the building, within the next two to three months, will be scheduled based on the engagements of the Chief Minister.

Second phase
While a common building for all departments has come up under the first phase, specialised buildings, based on the requirement for individual departments will come up in the second phase. “For instance, Painting department requires more sunlight, as natural light is a key for painting. Photography department will have mechanisms for a dark room and features to adjust light for shooting purpose, etc. Therefore four buildings, based on the requirements will come up around the main building,” he said.

While the main building cost Rs 5 crore, the project estimate for various works at the facility is Rs 15 crore. About Rs 1.7 crore will be required to erect a compound around the five acre land, he said.

The main building has facilities for library, e-library and other needs of the institution. “Creating space for an e-library is necessary as a large amount of material, regarding various art forms are easily available online,” he said.

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