50 Glorious years of Sangit Kala Kendra: A stage like no other

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The Sangit Kala Kendra‘s 50th anniversary celebrations, conducted under the leadership of Mrs. Rajashree Birla, President of the Sangit Kala Kendra (SKK), were truly magnificent and spectacular in every way. Padmashri Anupam Kher, in his inimitable witty style, hosted the journey of Sangit Kala Kendra for a packed and highly enthusiastic audience at the Dome, NSCI Complex, Worli. Everyone was captivated by this opening segment, aptly titled “Kaleidoscope.”

Welcoming the guests, Mrs. Rajashree Birla, President of the Sangit Kala Kendra observed, “Adityaji had a heady zest about him.  From the start besides business, he gravitated towards the performing arts.  It became part of the mental make-up, of his richly textured life.  He essayed a variety of characters.  He had a fascination for the stage, as to him it was full of joie de vivre.  

In a concatenation of the roles, he played, nothing was more endearing than as the actor, the performer and the singer.  And because he could feel it running through his veins, he began dreaming of setting up an institution, that would showcase talent of various hues among different genres.  His vision saw its fruition, in the formation of the Sangit Kala Kendra.  We have come a long, long way from the early 1970s to date, on the robust foundation envisaged by Adityaji.  We owe him big time.”

Shabana Azmi, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Hema Malini and Rajashree Birla at Sangit Kala Kendra's 50th anniversary celebrations
Shabana Azmi, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Hema Malini and Rajashree Birla at Sangit Kala Kendra’s 50th anniversary celebrations

Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pankaj Udhas, and Nitin Mukesh were among those honoured on this momentous occasion. The event was also graced by the presence of Vishwas Nangare Patil, Additional Director General of Police, Maharashtra.  Neerja Birla‘s interaction with Ranbir Kapoor was engrossing and riveting. It gave ample insights into Ranbir’s personal and professional life and was extremely inspiring. 

A high-voltage musical performance by Padmashri Sonu Nigam and his troupe was also a highlight of the evening. Padmabhushan Kumar Mangalam Birla, Ananya Birla, Aryaman Birla and the entire extended Birla family were present in full strength on this auspicious occasion that also saw the presence of the crème de la crème from the art world.

Mrs. Rajashree Birla, President of the Sangit Kala Kendra (SKK), stated, “Today, at this august function, we poetize our memories of the Sangit Kala Kendra through these five decades. This institution has won the admiration and affection of all performing art lovers.  And this is largely because we have been privileged to have maestros and amazing emerging talent perform on it’s stage.  And many a performer has jumpstarted his or her life as an artist and an actor here. 

All of its work is impactful and at times cathartic for the audience through the poignant pieces put up, through the rejoicement of dance and song, and the multitude of festivals dotting our country.  Every decade, SKK added a newness to it.  We became bolder and stronger, and getting on SKK’s platform became aspirational.” 

She further opined, “We are beholden to our legendary maestros – artists and actors who have performed on our manch and have added to SKK’s aura.  Far too many to name.  As you know, 29 of these virtuosos have been honoured with the Aditya Birla Kalashikhar Awards.  Many of these stalwarts have mentored budding artists from a cohort of 57 youngsters upon whom the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Awards were conferred.  The institution of these awards in memory of Adityaji, have truly been a high point.  SKK is one big family, and you are all a part of it, reflecting your admiration and affection for your Founder President, Aditya Vikram Birla.”

It was indeed a memorable musical evening with a generous dose of rib tickling humour and great entertainment. Huge congratulations from TheGlitz.Media.

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