Triveni Kala Sangam

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Basic Photography Course | Triveni Kala Sangam

O.P.Sharma Ji - Triveni Kala SAngam Photography Classes

The details for Basic Photography Course at Triveni Kala Sangam are given below :

: Basic Photography
Duration : 5 Months
Registration Date: 6:00pm till 7:30pm @ Triveni Kala Sangam - Mandi House

Classes on - Mon/Wed/Fri
Timings- Morning - 10:00am till 12:00pm,  Evening - 5:30pm till 7:30 pm.

Name of Teacher: Professor. O.P.Sharma Ji - Contact No:
092138 84286

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Admission Instruction : Please take the registration form for the course from the reception at Triveni Kala Sangam.One PP Size photograph will be required for the same.

Architect Joseph Allen Stein Triveni Kala Sangam

Joseph Allen Stein came to India in the early 50s - at a time when the full glow of the 'Nehruvian enlightenment' was influencing the emergence of an entire new, modern India. While other famous architects were coming and working in the country around the same time - Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Charles and Ray Eames, Edward Durrel Stone, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew -Stein differed from them in that he had made India his home and sought to be actively involved in the making of the new society. It was in his New Delhi buildings - notably the Triveni Kala Sangam arts complex (1957-77) and the ICC (1959-62) - that his full design personality emerged. In Delhi, surrounding the IIC he continued to build a series of buildings, which have become landmarks - the Ford Foundation, the United Nations, the World Wide Fund for Nature and most recently the huge India Habitat Centre. If anyone could match the Lodhis and their architecture, it is this series of buildings built by Joe through the 1960s and 1970s.

JOSEPH ALLEN STEIN, the architect, who died at the age of 89 in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 6, was a major icon, quiet and self-effacing. Stein arrived in India in1952, as head of the newly formed Architecture and Planning Department at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta, little realising that he would stay on.

Born in 1912 in Omaha, Stein studied under the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen at the Cranbrook Academy in Detroit, Michigan, in the early 1930s. This legendary campus, designed by Saarinen and filled with
sculptures by Carl Milles, the Swedish sculptor, influenced Stein's design philosophy. The American Midwest was the centre of a regional modern movement influenced by the work and teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The design approach developed was very different to the Bauhaus modernism then taking hold in Europe, which arrived on the American shores with the immigration of Walter Gropius, Mies Van der Rohe and others just before the Second World War. The Bauhaus tended to be insensitive to local culture and materials of building, and advocated a hard-edged design philosophy using industrial elements. The influence on Stein, on the other hand, was a view, which incorporated organic materials, brick, stone and wood, with a willingness to decorate through texture and volume, yet retaining a simplicity and human scale. Stein moved to California in 1938 to work with the Austrian Richard Neutra, who became another great influence. Neutra's spare, elegant houses were carefully sited in the California landscape with large glass vistas blurring the boundaries of interior and exterior. He also married Margaret the same year, and she became not just a companion, but a crucial design colleague. Moving north to San Francisco, Stein became a vital part of the design scene in the Bay Area working with architect John Funk and landscape
designer Garret Eckbo, eventually opening his own office. Living in Mill Valley, Joe Stein designed a number of houses, which became recognised as major examples of the 'California School'. As a team, they had planned and designed a large cooperative residential community at 'Ladera' near Palo Alto, which had idealistic social aims of simplicity surrounded by landscaped beauty in the post-War peace. Unsuccessful in raising financing, Joe and Margaret Stein moved to Europe in the early 1950s. Richard Neutra, who had been invited by the Government of West Bengal to be an adviser, proposed Stein's name as head of the newly formed Architecture and Planning Department at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta. Accepting the invitation, Stein arrived in 1952, little realising that he would stay on.

He has written of his initial reaction: "It was a very stimulating, extraordinarily interesting time, India was almost newly Independent. It was like coming to the United States when Thomas Jefferson was alive,
something like that. Nehru was Prime Minister, who was an outstanding man. He had his flaws - many great men are flawed, maybe all human beings are flawed. But he was an extraordinarily beautiful and intelligent man, and he cast an aura over India that was very attractive. At that time the memory of Gandhi and Tagore was fresh and bright in India, and had very much influence among the students. So students were very attractive people to work with... they were idealistic and dedicated."

Triveni Kala Sangam Delhi

In the heart of Delhi is situated an oasis of Art and Craft - Triveni Kala Sangam. It is an important cultural center and Educational complex located between Mandi House roundabout and Tree Lined road leading towards the famous Bengali Market. 

Today the Triveni complex contains four art galleries, namely Shridharni Gallery, Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Gallery and a basement gallery run by Art Heritage. While Shridarini is the largest gallery.The complex also houses Triveni Chamber Theatre, Triveni Garden Theatre (outdoor theatre), Triveni Sculpture Court (an open air sculpture gallery), students' hostels, classes in various dance and music forms and painting, photography. Besides, a potted plant nursery, and a bookshop

Background: The idea of starting a dance institution in Delhi was the brain child of Sundari K. Shridharani, a former student of Uday Shankar, when she had just moved to Delhi after marriage. The name 'Triveni Kala Sangam' was coined by flautist, Vijay Raghav Rao and literally meaning "confluence of arts". It started in one room above a Coffee House in Connaught Place, Delhi, with two students under noted artist K. S. Kulkarni. Soon her efforts got notice, and the Prime Minister - Pandit Nehru allotted her the land for the institution. Gradually she organized a small group of people, started organizing concerts, and collecting funds. Guru Rajkumar Singhajit Singh joined Triveni in 1954, as Head of the Manipur Dance Section, and later in 1962, founded the ‘Triveni Ballet’ of which he was Director and Principal Dancer.

American architect was roped to design to multi-purpose complex of art galleries, chamber theatre, library, photography darkroom, staff quarters, classrooms over just half an acre of land. Finally construction began around 1957 and eventually on March 3, 1963, the present building was inaugurated.

Triveni was one of the first buildings by noted American architect, Joseph Allen Stein (1957-1977) in India, who also designed several important building in New Delhi, like India International Centre and India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Designed in modern architecture style, the complex is noted for its " multiple spaces for multiple purposes" and use of jali work (stone lattices), which was to become Stein's hallmark.

Art Heritage Gallery was founded in 1977, by noted theater personality, Roshen Alkazi, wife of theater director Ebrahim Alkazi. It was a period before a host of commercial art galleries opened up across Delhi, and especially in South Delhi, even then Triveni managed to maintain its "non-commercial" approach to art
. Roshan ran the gallery for over 40 years till her death in 2007. Today Ebrahim continues to be its Director, while still in his 80s The Tea Terrace restaurant at Triveni Kala Sangam became a popular space for artists, student and intellectuals to meet and especially known for food specialities. It remains popular through the 70s and 80s, and even when other art centers started coming up across Delhi.Sundari K. Shridharani was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1992, she died in April 2012.

Triveni Kala Sangam remains an Artist's hub. You will find a certain happiness and joy in the atmosphere as you take a step inside. The sound of dhols and ghungrus vibrate and enchant the atmosphere. One can walk in to galleries and see artistic works on display or just relax with a cup of coffee and bask in the warm winter sunshine at the cafe. A few steps into the basement one can find Photography and Sculpting Classes in progress. The open air gallery has its share of attraction with artists displaying their sculptures and creating symphony of shapes and spaces. The notice board is always full of new events and announcements happening in and around the city.

The calm is infectious out here and you can't help not visiting this place if you are in Delhi. Besides a cultural hub, it is a place where art masters handover the skills to the eager and able hands of today's youth. Triveni Kala Sangam is all that you need to feed your intellectual soul.

Clay Modeling | Sculpting Classes | Saroj Jain

Get to learn the craft of Clay Modeling and making Sculptures by India's renowned sculptor and artist - Ms.Saroj Jain.

Ms.Saroj Jain, has been teaching clay modeling and sculpting at Triveni Kala Sangam for more than 20 years. Starting from the very basics of clay preparation, to creating features and concepts, she guides the students into an experience that is nothing but sheer transformation. She explains –
“It’s not just a form of art, it’s a creative urge, which I think every individual has. Clay modeling helps to freshen the mind. It’s a kind of meditation, a very therapeutic thing.”

Classes Venue: The Sculpting Department, Basement at the Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi-1.

The location is connected by all modes of public transport and the Metro station is just a minute's walk making it very convenient for students. The vibrant surroundings, galleries and cafe add much to the charm of this beautiful place.

Duration: Ms. Saroj Jain believes that Sculpting and Clay Modeling is an art form that explores your body and mind co-ordination. It is an evolution over time and hence there is no set duration for the course. You may continue till you feel confident. Many of her students have continued the
classes for over a decade and have evolved as amazing artists.

Class Timings: 

  • Classes are held on Alternate Days – Monday, Wednesday & Saturday – 11 am till 1 pm.
  • Saturday Only Classes for working professionals – 2 pm till 4 pm.
Course Fee: Registration Amount Rs.2500/- & Monthly Fee – Rs. 2500/- Only.

Admission Process: For admission you may call and fix and appointment with Ms. Saroj Jain, before visiting her at Triveni Kala Sangam. You will be interviewed and accessed before being allowed to join the classes. If accepted, you can pay the registration and monthly fee in advance.

Contact Ms. Saroj Jain
Studio: Sculpture Department , Triveni Kala Sangam, 205,
Tansen Marg, New Delhi, 110001, India
Phone : 09811688591
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