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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan plans ‘Shantiniketan’

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NEW INITIATIAVE: Indian Bank chairman and managing director M.S. Sundara Rajan inaugurates the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sangeeth – Naatya Utsav in Chennai on Saturday. (From left) Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra joint director K.N. Ramaswamy, chairman V.R. Lakshminarayanan, secretary EPG Nambiar and vice-chairman L. Sabaretnam are in the picture. — Photo: S. Thanthoni
NEW INITIATIAVE: Indian Bank chairman and managing director M.S. Sundara Rajan inaugurates the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sangeeth – Naatya Utsav in Chennai on Saturday. (From left) Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra joint director K.N. Ramaswamy, chairman V.R. Lakshminarayanan, secretary EPG Nambiar and vice-chairman L. Sabaretnam are in the picture. — Photo: S. Thanthoni

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To promote women’s education and traditional healing sciences

Chennai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) proposes to develop ‘Shantiniketan’ near Chennai to promote women’s education, schooling for underprivileged children and traditional healing sciences such as Ayurvedha and yoga.

At the inauguration of BVB’s Sangeeth – Naatya Utsav on Saturday, Chennai Kendra chairman V.R. Lakshminarayanan said the Bhavan would develop the project on the 58 acres it owned in Tiruporur. The project would be modelled on Tagore’s Shantiniketan in West Bengal.

“We may have to do this in phases… It is a dream project that would have gladdened the heart of Bhavan’s founder K.M. Munshi,” Mr. Lakshminarayanan said.

The more immediate project that BVB has planned is to have 10 per cent of seats in Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram allocated for students from economically and socially backward sections of society. The BVB would sponsor these children.

“We would like to start from the next academic year. A corpus fund would have to be created to sustain this project,” he said.

Patronising art

The Sangeeth – Naatya Utsav was launched by M. S. Sundara Rajan, chairman and managing director of Indian Bank. He said music predated the written word and was closely tied to the development of culture. “In olden days all forms of musical discourses flourished in India because of the patronage of Maharajahs, emperors and landed gentry… It now falls to ordinary citizens to play the same role,” he said.

Mr. Rajan said the Indian Bank’s motto was to serve the common man, offering financial services like the Bharat credit card, at an affordable cost. Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra vice-chairman L. Sabaretnam, secretary EPG Nambiar and director T.K. Parameswaran spoke.

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