Amaravati: In the wake of the State government’s decision to allot 10 acres for a multipurpose Cultural Complex in the upcoming Amaravati city, the Andhra Pradesh Creativity and Culture Commission has initiated steps to bring up the infrastructure.
On Monday, the Commission headed by N. Srikant, Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, conducted a day-long roundtable meeting with delegates from across the country.
The complex is planned in such a way that it would reflect the diversity of the State’s creativity, heritage, culture and civilisation apart from serving as a common space for cultural exchange between the State and the rest of the world involving youth, said Mr. Srikant on the sidelines of the meeting.
Amaravathi Heritage Town Curator and International Heritage Adviser to AP Government, Prof. Amareswar Galla, Somaya & Kalappa Cons. Pvt. Ltd Principal Architect Brinda Somaya, Sahitya Academy, Bengaluru, Regional Secretary S.P. Mahalingeswar, Kerala Kalamandalam University for Art and Culture, Academic Director (Architecture) C.M. Neelakandhan, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, Director, Syed Mohamood Akhter, Lalitha Kala Academy Chairman Krishna Setty, Sangeetha Nataka Academy, New Delhi, Parveen Kumar Dureja, Danish Agency for Culture Senior Advisor Ida Lundgaard, noted artist S.V. Rama Rao and School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, Director Meenakshi Jain presented their views and suggestions for a world-class cultural complex.
Towards the end of the meeting, it was consolidated that the cultural centre should house separate facilities for Art, Visual Art, History, Sahitya, Sangeetha and Nataka Academies. Experts suggested that the Art Akademi must have a library, studios for painting, sculpture, graphics and ceramics and galleries while the Sahitya Akademi Writers’ Home must reflect creative literary work.
Similarly, an audio and video documentation centre, a museum for classical, folk and tribal arts, performance stages for music and dance and auditoriums need to be created for the Sangeetha and Nataka Akademies. Apart from separate facilities, the complex would have larger auditoriums, cafeteria, guest houses and others for common use.
Mr. Srikant said the Commission had visited New Delhi and other capitals in the country to study various cultural centres and Sahitya Academies.
The Complex will have the best of the facilities available in the world to immortalise the State’s culture. Andhra Pradesh Creativity and Culture Commission, CEO, D. Vizai Bhaskar and others were present.