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The Golden Jubilee Year : 2004-05

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary on a grand scale by holding Special concerts and releasing a commemorative souvenir. 

Here are few excerpts from the souvenir:

"The Mandir is associated with great musicians of the era and is standing on a firm footing." - Swami Harshananda, Ramakrishna Math

"The Kala Mandir has carved out a niche for itself in imparting education in various facets of the divine art" - T N Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka

"Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira has fulfilled the need for a good music teaching institution in the southern parts of Bangalore" - H Kamalanath, President, Bangalore Gayana Samaj.

"...has rendered yeomen service to the propogation of music" - A H Rama Rao, Ramasudha Trust


About Us

Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira was founded in the year 1955 by Late Sri G. Vedanta Iyengar, an educationist of high repute and a recipient of Public Service Medal from the then Maharajah of Mysore, His Holiness Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. After Sri Vedanta Iyengar's demise in 1962, his musician daughters Smt. G.V.Ranganayakamma and Smt. G.V. Neela pursued the ideal of their father towards propagating the fine arts of Carnatic Music.

The then CITB allotted a site to the institute at Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore. The sisters struggled hard, devoting their time, energy and resources to construct a building. The First Phase of the Building was inaugurated by Late Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam on 2nd August, 1981, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee of Institution.

The second phase of the bulding was completed in 1986 and on 19th January, 1986 the mini concert hall called as "Sri Devagiri Sangeetha Sabhangana" was inaugurated by His Holiness Sri Chindanandaji Maharaj, the then President of Ramakrishna Ashrama, Bangalore in the presence of K.J.Yesudas and Senior IAS Officer Sri Chiranjeevi Singh. An open air theatre came into existence in 1989 and the same was declared inaugurated by veteran musician Late Sri Shemmangudi Srinivasa Iyer on 8th January, 1989.

The Institute has now completed a challenging half-century of its useful role in the world of music. Concerts by reputed musicians from several parts of India were organised at regular intervals all through 2004 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Institution. An attractive souvenir containing several valuable articles from eminent musicians and musicologists was brought out at the inaugural function of the Golden Jubilee Year, which has also proved to be a useful source of reference to a number to music enthusiasts.

The regular programs are held at the institute premises in Banashankari II Stage. All special programs and music festivals such as our annual Spring festival are held at larger auditoriums such as the Bangalore Gayana Samaja, in order to accomodate large number of audience.

The institution invites one and all to join hands in making these programmes a cultural success and provide an incentive for arranging such concerts in the future as well.

Management

Sri D.R. Srikantaiah - President

Sri H.R. Yathiraj - Vice President

Sri G.V.Krishna Prasad - Hon. Secretary

Smt G.V.Neela - Founder Principal, Bangalore

Dr M.R.Yogananda - Treasurer

Smt. Rajashree Yogananda - Programme Co-ordinator