Mega auditorium on anvil
As part of initiatives to encourage cultural activities in the newly-formed state, the state government is proposing a mega auditorium in capital Amaravati, which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore in three acre with all modern amenities.
Amaravati: As part of initiatives to encourage cultural activities in the newly-formed state, the state government is proposing a mega auditorium in capital Amaravati, which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore in three acre with all modern amenities.
Presently, there are only a couple of auditoriums in Vijayawada city, which are not catering the needs of arts lovers. The tourism and culture department submitted proposals to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to build a mega auditorium in Vijayawada, where presently Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Music and Dance College is located. The college and other offices are located in a building in an area of one acre. The department proposes to construct the auditorium in the remaining three acre.
Presently, there is an open-air auditorium on the premises of the college, located at Durgapuram in the heart of the city, where cultural programmes are being conducted every day by local cultural organisations where the entry is free and the auditorium is exclusively meant for music and dance programmes, which attract hundreds of audience. Considering the representations from the cultural organisations for a more spacious and modern auditorium in the capital, the tourism and culture department proposed the project.
According to Mukhesh Kumar Meena, secretary to tourism and culture department, a proposal for constructing a huge auditorium with all the amenities like conference halls, car parking slot, canteens, etc. had been submitted to the government with designs. “Our plan is to have a big auditorium with a seating capacity of thousand which will have a latest sound system.
Internal and external ambience will be beautiful. There will be two mini conference halls inside the main auditorium with a seating capacity of 100-200, where literary programmes and other meetings can be conducted. We are planning to provide a vast car parking where more than 300 cars can be accommodated. The entire plinth area will be 4,200 sq. metre where the audience will have a great experience after entering the auditorium. Green rooms for artists, office rooms, dining halls, back stage facility, waiting hall for the visitors and other amenities will be provided in the auditorium complex,” he said.
Assuring all help from the government to the artistes in encouraging cultural activities in the state, Meena asserted that there was no dearth of funds for promoting tourism and cultural activities. “We are awaiting approval from the Chief Minister for our proposals. Once approval is accorded, we will change the designs according to suggestions, if any, by the Chief Minister.
Our aim is to have a best auditorium in the capital, which should be very useful to the artistes as well as culture lovers and we are not considering it as a source of income. The auditorium will be constructed by the cultural department, for which we need the funds of two annual budgets,” the secretary added.