One of the city’s most iconic auditoriums – the Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrase-karendra Saraswathi Auditorium – will host its 15,000th event on Saturday as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The auditorium will host three cultural sessions to mark the event. While the morning show will comprise entertainment programmes for schoolchildren, the afternoon slot will have a similar programme for orphans and street children. Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan will inaugurate a portrait gallery showcasing music maestros of the 20th century at the third event. This event is open to non-members as well.
The Dhananjayans, dancers from Chennai, will perform a dance ballet depicting folk dances of India after these sessions.
The Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeet Sabha is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. “The 15,000th event is a milestone in the history of the Sabha. Since its inception, our Sabha has witnessed several rare and unforgettable events in this auditorium,” said V Shankar, chairman of the Sabha.
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam had inaugurated the 60th year celebrations of the Sabha in July last year. Several events were organised through the year, most noteworthy being the celebration of the 60th birthdays of 600 Sabha members.
The auditorium was inaugurated in 1963 as a 3,000 plus-seat auditorium. Several renovations later, with 2,763 seats and a sound system from French manufacturer L'Acoustics, the hall became the venue of choice for artistes such as MS Subbula-kshmi, Lata Mangeshkar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.