A unique building in a special shape is coming up at Kikkeri in Mandya district in memory of great poet laureate Dr KS Narasimhaswamy. The building is being constructed to commemorate his 100th birth anniversary, thereby to show a gratitude to the personified artiste.
The interesting feature of this Sugamma Sangeetha Academy is that it will be constructed in the shape of the percussion instrument ‘Tabala’ and is estimated to cost around Rs 3 crore. Another interesting feature is that displays of famous poet laureates of Kannada such as Bendre, Putina, Kuvempu, Bhavageethe singers C Ashwath and Mysuru Anathaswamy, Sugama Sangeetha singer P Kaling Rao in the front entrance. Whenever a visitor stands near a particular photo gallery an audio clipping will be played describing the details great personalities. The works will commence from January.
The building comprises two storeys, of which the ground floor will be an auditorium having a seating capacity of 500, while the hall in the first floor will be provided to train students learning music. Four guest rooms will also be constructed to accommodate artistes who visit the Bhavan to conduct programmes. Plans are there to to invite renowned artistes to impart training for students under the title ‘KSN Sugama Sangeetha school’. Already an arch reading ‘Welcome to Mysuru Mallige KSN Kikkeri Village’ has been created to erect at the entrance of the village.
On line of popular unique buildings in art field that is the Sydney Opera House, a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia and violin shaped architecture of Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore, the building in ‘Tabala’ shape will be constructed dedicated for Sugama Sangeetha, says Karnataka Sugama Sangeetha Parishat Chairman Dr Krishnamurthy has taken the initiative of constructing the building.
“There are many rural talents who are deprived of opportunity. The bhavan will be used to impart training. Over the past one year, programmes are held every weekend to generate interest in the public about music. It’s a dream of C Ashwath to construct the Bhavan, and I am making all efforts to make it a reality while taking the help of known persons and local politicians. The Bhavan will be completed by next year,” he adds.
‘KSN is a gigantic personality and we are happy the Bhavan is coming in Kikkeri, the birth place of KSN (January 26, 1915). We are eagerly waiting for the completion day. A great poet will be introduced to future generation with the construction of Bhavan’, says village head Puttappa Naik.
The land for the building has been donated by family member of Krishnamurthy to fulfill his desire of building a memorial, while his parents BS Narayan Bhat and Rukmini have supported lot in this venture.