Visakhapatnam

Multi-activity centre mooted at Rajiv Smruthi Bhavan

The damaged Rajiv Smruthi Bhavan in Visakhapatnam. Photo: CV. Subrahmanyam  

Rajiv Smruthi Bhavan, the venue of permanent photo exhibition on the life and times of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the Beach Road, is likely to become the cultural hub of the city and home to the community radio of the GVMC.

Tarakeswara Foundation, which operates the venue under contract from the GVMC, has submitted a proposal to the corporation, which owns the property, and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to revamp and rebuild the centre into a multi-activity cultural hub.

The Tarakeswara Foundation is working on a proposal to set up a community radio centre there.

“We are proposing to the GVMC to establish a community radio station at the bhavan. The project, if implemented, would make the corporation the first civic body in the country with its own CRS, which could be successfully used to disseminate information on civic campaigns, activities, and a variety of other issues of public interest,” managing trustee of the Tarakeswara Foundation Sehdev Singh told The Hindu.

Cyclone Hudhud damaged the glass panes and exhibits inside the venue necessitating a total revamp of the building. “We are requesting the GVMC to rope in experts and take up total revamp of the design to help maintain a salubrious temperature inside all through the year,” he added.

The GVMC has to take up the repairs.

All the photographs have been damaged and they need to be replaced.

“We have handed over a proposal for replacement and repairs to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to the city last month,” Mr. Singh said.

The foundation also proposes to make it a venue for art exhibitions and musical concerts, apart from conducting classical music and yoga classes.

“We want to ensure that this becomes the cultural hub of the city,” he said.


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