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Gyaan Adab: The Arts in Pune are alive and thriving

Founded in January 2014, Gyaan Adab has emerged as one of Pune’s premier cultural centres hosting a wide range of events that showcase literature and the arts.

pune Updated: Oct 29, 2017 16:42 IST
Anjali Shetty
A performance of Blank Page by Gyaan Adab’s Tamaasha Theatre group.
A performance of Blank Page by Gyaan Adab’s Tamaasha Theatre group.(HT PHOTO)

Gyaan Adab in Kalyaninagar has an inviting event space, workshop rooms, two galleries and reading spaces – all wrapped in an intimate and stimulating aura.

It has emerged as one of Pune’s premier cultural centres which hosts a wide range of events showcasing literature and the arts. These include book readings, talks, presentations, theatre and dance productions, art and photography exhibitions, music performances, workshops and lecture demonstrations – which feature new and emerging as well as established creative practitioners.

A workshop for children in progress at Gyaan Adab, Kalyaninagar. (HT PHOTO)

Randhir Khare, director, says, “Since we opened our doors almost four years ago, we have had the distinction of creating programmes and events that have established our presence in the city of Pune as a leading cultural centre for recreation and creative innovation where the established and the new find a space to showcase their talent. “

With a footfall of nearly 10,000 (the numbers are growing) interested visitors, our events attract people of all ages, social backgrounds, cultural interests and persuasions. The centre has a library of over 2,000 well-selected books and periodicals with outdoor as well as indoor spaces where one can relax, read and interact.

Gyaan Adab is a registered charitable. It was founded by philanthropists Farook Merchant and Nasima Merchant. The managing committee comprises of eminent individuals – Dr.Mumtaz Peerbhoy, Dr Mohini Khot, Satish Khot and Chetan Shetty.

Through the visual arts programme the centre has exhibited 60 new and established artists working in different mediums, conducted numerous workshops and encouraged art education as an extension of our exhibitions and community art events.

Khare adds, “Our performing arts programme has hosted numerous plays, dance and music performances and our literary programmes have showcased the best of English, Urdu, Hindi and Marathi poetry and fiction. In fact, Gyaan Adab has a strong Urdu programme which presents a monthly feature called Guldasta-e-Urdu.”

Nurturing new talent in the arts has been a significant part of their programming with an emphasis on literary and visual arts mentorship. “Through this we have nurtured new writers and guided a number of them towards finding their own literary voices, with manuscripts ready to be published,” Khare adds.

In December 2015, Gyaan Adab had the distinction of curating and hosting ‘Journeys, A Festival Of The Arts’, which brought together a unique blend of visual, performing and literary arts, meeting popular and discerning tastes.

In January this year they curated and hosted Freedom Way, a festival which celebrated self expression through the arts.

More recently, they established their own original theatre initiative known as Gyaan Adab Players which has already started producing original scripts and productions in English. Three productions have already been performed in the city with two new productions on the way. ‘Breaking Free’, ‘The Last Bus’ and ‘Strange Meetings’ have received both popular as well as critical reception. ‘The Tenant’ and ‘The Clown Who Knew Too Much’ will be on stage in the next few months. Gyaan Adab Players is now planning a mini theatre festival of its plays in the city in December 2017.

The centre’s creative education initiative has started working closely with schools to develop a new and vibrant arts education curriculum and involve children in a variety of integrated arts activities. “We believe that the arts play a vital role in helping children to learn more about their own potential in the context of the world around them.”

The centre is run by a team of professional writers, media persons and filmmakers guided and administered by the director – Randhir Khare, a national and international award winning writer, poet and educationist.

Visit www.gyaanadab.org to get to know more