Recently, the University of Hyderabad(UoH) has decided to renovate The Golden Threshold campus and establish a cultural and heritage hub. The university is keen to create a cultural hub in the heart of the city that would provide alternative platforms for artists in the newly-formed Telangana state. The building at Abids was bequeathed by Sarojini Naidu’s family to the university and it was named after a book of collection of poems, written by Sarojini Naidu. Honouring her, the university named its Fine Arts and Communication School as Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication. Before it was the residence of Naidu’s father Aghorenath Chattopadhyay, the first principle of Hyderabad college.
The plan is to create a space for art exhibitions, a small museum of performing arts. It would also facilitate performances. This was announced at the NatarajaRamaKrishnan(NRK) memorial lecture held recently at UoH. According to pro vice-chancellor Prof BP Sanjay, the university will seek support from agencies, including government to develop Golden Threshold into a heritage and cultural hub. Golden Threshold currently houses the Centre for Distance Education, Jan Shikshan Sansthan, an auditorium and has spaces for other forms of academic activities.
“The general idea is that there could be a space for art and creative expression,” he said.
“As part of the social and cultural responsibility, the university plans to renovate Golden Threshold to facilitate several cultural activities on its city campus on a regular basis.”
Dr. Padma Subramanyam a well known eminent danseuse and cultural historian was the chief guest at NatrajaRamakrishna Memorial Lecture held recently in the university. She said, “The plan to encourage art by providing spaces for the art exhibition, classical programs, etc by opening a small museum.” She emphasized the need for one to revisit and understand Indian history from an indigenous perspective. Categorically stating that the Puranas were treasure houses of information that could hardly be understood by Westerners; she also stated that these sources ought to be used interpret Indian treatises and philosophy.
Ms. Padma believed that the idea of dance, as envisaged by Bharata, was to create beauty, educate, and elevate people. She concluded her talk with a glorious visual aid presentation where a significantly alien (western) music of Tchaikovsky was used by her to dance to the epic story of Ravana abducting Sita.
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