I&B min inaugurates All India Radio’s new broadcast auditorium
MUMBAI: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated All India Radio’s new Broadcast Auditorium and launched a digital version of ‘Gurbani’ of archival value as preserved in Prasar Bharati Archives at New Delhi today. To mark the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak DevJi, ‘BaniUtsav’ – a Shabad-Kirtan Concert by eminent Raagis was also organized by the External Services Division of All India Radio.
Expressing his contentment over the successfully completed new Auditorium, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Prakash Javadekar stated that this multi-purpose auditorium will now act as a one-stop-destination for artists which will help in promoting their creativity and talent while also catering to honing one’s own skills and thus simultaneously representing India in the global front.
“An auditorium of its own would not only help in organizing the existing regular events but also organise more events to popularise various genres of music, dance, theatre etc. and have the potential of turning the place into a new cultural hub and destination in the capital,” he said.
Lauding the joined efforts of both Prasar Bharati and MIB in completing the state-of-the-art modern auditorium, Javadekar stressed to make the adequate utilization of such a facility and promote work of art.
Accompanied by Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo, a Plaque of the New Auditorium was also unveiled by Javadekar.
Recalling upon the teachings of Guru Nanak DevJi Maharaj Harsimrat Kaur Badal spoke of the noble saint’s Prakash having spread far and wide not only today in the times of technology, but over 500 years ago when he walked on the surface of the earth and travelled from Asia to Middle-East, Caribbean shores to Central Asian meadows and was received as a prophet of succour and solace needed by humanity for worldly and eternal peace, with a message of universal brotherhood.
The need for a modern auditorium of its own was felt for long by the constituents of Prasar Bharati – All India Radio and Doordarshan for organizing cultural events like music and dance concerts, talent hunt shows, memorial lectures etc.
The 465-seat Auditorium encompasses Broadcast Museum, SanskarGeet Corner, Rehearsal Hall, Library, Conference facility and Cafeteria under one roof with a gallery overlooking the floor and inbuilt devices for recording, online editing, uplinking and live streaming of audio and visual content. This facility will cater to the requirements of PrasarBharati’s aural and visual wings, i.e. All India Radio and Doordarshan.
The auditorium complex which is situated inside the AIR premises in Parliament Street overlooks a newly created sprawling Rock Garden as part of its front façade and a huge green lawn at the posterior. The facade of the auditorium complex has been planned in conformity with Broadcasting house which is a heritage building Grade-II as per the NDMC list of the heritage buildings.
It is worth mentioning that the entire space where this modern auditorium has come up was in a dilapidated condition. Massive renovation and retrofitting was required to be done to suit as per the requirement of the auditorium complex. The project was completed within a record time of 15 months which included six months’ time for renovation and retrofitting.
Amongst those present at the event were Prasar Bharati chairman Dr. A. Surya Prakash; Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati; MIB secretary Amit Khare and AIR DG Fayyaz Sheheryar.