The Kala Vikas Kendra (KVK) of Cuttack, a premier organisation imparting professional training in various art forms, is all set for a facelift.
KVK is the State’s first college of music and dance to include a course in Odissi in its curriculum.
It was established by Babulal Doshi in 1952. With the institution celebrating its Diamond Jubilee, year-long programmes have been chalked out to mark the occasion commencing from first week of November.
As part of these celebrations, the KVK authorities have decided to renovate the entire structure at an estimated cost of Rs 61 lakh.
Managing Trustee of the KVK Kshirod Prasad Mohanty said while facade of the complex will get a new look, the auditorium will be renovated. This work will be executed in phases. Apart from these, imposing gates will come up at the entrances and funds will be sourced from Local Area Development Fund of MPs.
Besides, the State Government has also decided to chip in with contribution. On its part, the Department of Culture would do up the interiors of the KVK structure. Officials said the department will replace the old chairs of the auditorium with new ones at a cost of Rs 31 lakh. The work will be executed through the Idco on a turn-key basis.
“The old chairs will be placed in Shatabdi Bhawan and Ramachandra Bhawan in Cuttack,” said Mohanty.
He added that the cost of various other renovation works envisaged will be met from donations collected from corporate houses and industrial units As far as cultural events for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are concerned, the KVK will showcase an amalgamation of classical, tribal and folk dance forms. Besides, the celebrations would breathe fresh life into traditional performing art forms like ‘Moghul Tamsa’, ‘Ravan Chhaya’ and ‘Sabda Swora Paata’ which are in a dying stage.
Other segments include dance demonstrations by students of various dance schools from across Odisha, seminars, Odissi performances by dancers from the State, country and abroad. “There will also be Odissi vocal recitals by veterans from select pockets of the State where the traditional style is still being maintained,” Mohanty said.