Bhopal was once a victim of the deadly tragedy. Many of the people were affected due to the negligence and after visiting the same place made me ponder about the trauma that the people of Bhopal faced. Leaving all these thoughts aside, I had decided to visit Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. In the year 1982, Mrs. Indira Gandhi had inaugurated the cultural platform. After visiting this place which was constructed by Charles Correa, I felt that it was truly an artistic gift for Madhya Pradesh. On my bucket list, I had always kept this location and was extremely eager to see it.
I had taken a bus ride for reaching my destination. All the buildings were uniquely carved but they were very well connected with each other. They were the different pillars of artistic life from music, dance and painting. I felt that all, the Goddess of creativity was residing in one place. It was just 8 kms from Bhopal Railway Station and 12 kms from Raj Bhoj Airport. I had paid only 10 rupees for the entry fee. The gallery timings were different depending on the season. It remained open from 1 pm to 7 pm during the winter season which changed to 2 pm to 8 pm during the summer. The gallery was stocked with innumerous paintings and tribal art works. The tribal art work gets an exposure from this and many people could easily buy a few of the handcrafted goods.
There were six buildings under Bharat Bhavan. However, Roopankar was the one and only building which highlighted tribal and urban art together. Vagarth was the museum, which preserved the poems of ancient India. It was stocked with 13,000 books. Rangmandal was an indoor auditorium while Anahad was the platform for classical, tribal and folk dance and music. I was amazed to hear that it had a collection of 2000 audio and video recordings. Last but not the least Nirala Sreejanpeeth was the center for creative writing. I loved to read and was delighted to see the collection of books that Bharat Bhavan’s bookstore held. I had purchased a few guide books which would further help me in discovering the hidden beauty of Bhopal. Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal was the ideal place for the art lovers