Triveni Kala Sangam

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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.