Hyderabad is a city culture and traditions, bestowed with grandeur of past, rich traditions of arts and crafts. Ravindra Bharathi is the popular cultural center of the city, showcasing its love for culture and arts. Located on Lakdikapul Road, Saifabad, is quite close to another important building of the city the State Assembly.
Ravindra Bharathi Hyderabad was named after the highly regarded Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, who was also Asia’s first Nobel laureate, awarded in the year of 1913. Ravindra bharathi is also said to be first Tagore Theatre in India, which was built to be opened on the occasion Tagore Centenary Celebrations.
It was in 1960, when the foundation stone for this building was laid out by Dr. B. Gopal Reddy. Since then Ravindra Bharathi has been a popular venue for innumerable cultural shows and events. It was inaugurated by Dr S Radhakrishnan, the then Vice prudent of India in the year of 1961. In the year 1981, Ravindra Bharathi came under the administration of Department of Culture. This building has gone many stages of improvement and renovations. In the year of 2005, it was renovated with a cost of around 1.5 crores. There have been plans by the government to refurbish the centre with more update to facilities and modern amenities.
The base area of the building is about 2,295 Sq Yards. This cultural centre is comprised for a theatre and a mini theatre where programmes are being held along with a gallery and a conference hall. The main theatre has a total seating capacity of 1104 seats, with 768 seats in the main auditorium along while in balcony area it has about 336 seats. Mini theatre has a seating capacity for 100 people. It is constructed on the second floor of the building. Both the theatres are equipped with sound reinforcement system, green room, speakers and microphones. The stages here are well equipped with all the prerequisites for modern as well as conventional plays, it has a false proscenium, unit sets, painted curtains, Counter Weight Flys for scene changes, along with double sided wings with both translatory and rotatory movement.
It is almost on an everyday basis that a program or event is organised here at the centre. Hence, whenever you are planning to visit Hyderabad, you might get an opportunity to witness a program at this cultural centre.
Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad Opening & Closing Time, Holidays
For those who would like to book the theatre for a program, there are options available on the Ravindra Bharathi website. The working timings of Ravindra Bharathi are from 10.30 am to 5 pm. It official holiday is on every Second Saturday and Sundays of every month.