A six-day extravaganza that includes music, dance, visual arts, theatre, folk art and a book exhibition awaits Bangaloreans as the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) gears up to celebrate its 42nd anniversary with Bhavanotsava 2011.
The celebrations have been dedicated to the late Mathoor Krishnamurti, the former Director of BVB, who passed away recently. The events will be held on November 12 and 13, November 19 and 20, and November 26 and 27.
BVB Director H.N. Suresh told presspersons here on Monday that the anniversary celebrations will kick off on November 12 with the release of three volumes of Kannada translations of Mahatma Gandhi's writings, Gandhi Kruthi Sanchaya, by Sumitra Gandhi Kulkarni, Gandhiji's granddaughter.
The writings have been translated by (late) Geetha Murali, P.B. Mahishi (Volume 20), V. Nagaraja Rao (Volume 21), N. Srinivas Udupa, H.S. Doreswamy, (late) D.R. Venkataramanan, A.R. Narayana Ghatta, B.G. Ramesh, Rajeshwari Krishna and Shamsa Aithal (Volume 22), and have been edited by well-known Gandhian scholar Meena Deshpande.
On November 13, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj will participate in Shraddhanjali, a tribute to Krishnamurti, organised jointly by the BVB, Doordarshan Kendra, and Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi. On the occasion, a digitised version of Gandhi Upanishad, authored by Krishnamurti, will be released and homage will be paid by renowned Kannada lexicographer G. Venkatasubbaiah, actor B. Saroja Devi and others.
Cultural programmes, including a veena recital, Bharatanatyam, Yakshagana, light music and sand art, have been organised on November 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Mr. Suresh said BVB's book exhibition will be held between November 12 and 27 on the BVB premises, where more than 4,500 titles will be on sale. Discounts up to 50 per cent will be offered.
An art exhibition, Landscapes of Gharwale, will be held from November 12 to 27. As many as 85 paintings in acrylic, oil and water colours by 25 artists will be on display at the E. Hanumantha Rao Art Gallery at BVB.
“Next year, we will have more events to mark BVB's 75th anniversary in Mumbai. The year also marks the 125th birth anniversary of K.M. Munshi, the founder of BVB. Events will be held in all 385 centres across the country, including seven in Karnataka,” he added.
Entry to all events is free. For details, contact BVB, Race Course Road, Bangalore 560 001, or call 22265746, 22267303, 22267421, or visit www.bhavankarnataka.com