Inaugurated by the then Prime Minister
of India, Shrimati Indira Gandhi on 13th February 1982,
Bharat Bhavan is multi art centre set up to create an
interactive proximity between the verbal, visual and
performing arts. It provides space for contemporary
expression, thought, quest and innovation. Bharat Bhavan
seek to provide a creative and thought provoking milieu
to those who wish to contribute something new and meaningful,
in contemporary scene in the fine arts, literature,
theatre, cinema, dance and music. It houses some of
the best and most lasting that is being created in our
towns, villages and forests.
Charles Correa the architect found here
the possibilities of a series of terraced gardens, which
would be seen cascading down to the lake. The visitors
enter at the highest level and walk down a pedestrian
spine, flanked by a pattern of courtyards, to reach
the various parts of the complex. Each curve and space
defines itself. Each of the part of the building is
distinct yet flows easily one another, linked by meandering
paths. The total effect is one of the surprise and pleasure.
There is always a moment when the eye can rest and the
The activities of Bhart Bhavan are organized
through its wings.
ROOPANKAR, RANGMANDAL, VAGARTH, ANAND, ASHRAM and
ROOPANKAR is the only museum of its kind
in India which houses contemporary folk and tribal art
together with urban art. Roopankar has two fully equipped
workshop for printmaking and ceramics. There are about
6000 tribal and folk art objects and nearly 2,500 urban
art work in the collection of Roopankar museum.
RANGMANDAL is a professional repertory
which has at its disposal a fully equipped indoor auditorium,
an open air threatre Bahirang, with a spectacular
location on the lake, and a studio theater Abhirang.
It owns an impressive theater library and data bank.
VAGARTH is the centre of Indian Poetry. It aims to collect
and preserve the ancient and contemporary poetry in
Indian languages, whether in the spoken, written or
in the printed form.
Vagarth's library consists of more then 13,000 books.
These include book of poetry in Indian languages, English
translations of poetry in foreign languages, works on
poetics, literary criticism and culture. Rare manuscripts
of some renowned, Indian poets, hundreds of audio and
video recordings of reading in Bhart Bhavan by significant
Indian poets are also collected in Vagarth's archives.
Solo and combined poetry reading, dialogues
centered on eminent artists and writers, talks, translation
workshops and fellowship, writer's camps and financial
assistance to under- resourced literary journals are
among Vagarth major activities.
ANAHAD is the center for classical, folk
and tribal music. Anahad, aspires to preserve the tradition
and promote its immense contemporary creativity in all
its glory and diversity.
The chief activity of Anhad is organizing
performances of classical and folk music and dance.
It organizes several series of music concerts. Anhad
possess an archival collection of about 2000 hours of
audio and video recordings, books on music and dance
and over a 100 long playing records of foreign music
to aid reference and research..
NIRALA SRIJANPEETH is the chair for creative
writing instituted in Bharat Bhavan by the government
of Madhya Pradesh, the incumbents have been writers
of repute including Nirmal Verma, Dilip Chitre, Krishan
Sobati, Kedarnath singh, Krishna Baldev Vaid, Kamalesh,
Ramanath Tripathi, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Ramesh Chandra
Shaha and Manzoor Ehtesham.
ASHRAM has hosted artists and writers
of national eminence, Mallikarjun Mansur, Bhavesh Sanyal,
Namver Singh, Nirmal verma, Zia Mohiuddin Dager and
Ambadas have lived in residence at Bharat Bhavan's Ashram.
CHHAVI is recently opened center for classical
Bharat Bhavan publishes a quarterly Hindi
journal of literary criticism, Poorvagrah.. 113 issues
of the journal have been published so far.
Bharat Bhavan has a well equipped auditorium
"Antarange", an open air stage, "Bahirange"
and a theatre studio, "Abhirang". All three
are available on payment.
Well equipped audio video studios are
also available on payment. The design unit and publication
Department of Bharat Bhavan take selective assignments
of designing and publishing cards, brochures, posters,
catalogues, and books etc.
Bharat Bhavan within a span of last 23
years, has organized hundreds of programmers of national
and international eminence that includes six international
Biennial of Print Art, and equal numbers of biennials
based on the contemporary art of India, World Poetry
Festival, Asian Poetry Festival, and the theatre workshop
of the commonwealth countries.
Apart from these there have been numerous
art exhibitions art symposium and show centered on the
highly recognized luminaries of art field. More than
fifty world-famed plays have been produced here with
more than a thousand stage performances. Many of prolific
writers and poets have presented their solo reading.
Programmers have been organized centered on the great
literatures of India, most accomplished Indian classical
music maestros, Indian classical dancers. Besides, all
time great artists, musicians, dancers, literary, geniuses
and theater personalities have been invited here to
conduct workshop and camps.
FRIENDS OF BHARAT BHAVAN
Yearly- for One Person- Rs. 200/-
Yearly- For Two Person- Rs. 300/-
Lifelong Membership (for one person) - Rs.-2000/-
Entry Fee Rs. 10/- per Head,
(No entry fee the members of the friends of Bharat
FRIDAY ENTRY FREE
Entry in the Drama performances free for the members.
1st. Nov. to 31st Jan. from 1 pm. To 7 pm.
1st . Feb. to 31st Oct. from 2 pm. To 8 pm.
HOLIDAY : Monday and Central Govt. declared holiday.
J. Swamination Marg
Shamla Hils Bhopal - 462002
PH. 2660239,2661398 Fax : (0755) 2660353.