Timings : 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Feb - Oct) 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Nov - Jan) (Mondays closed)
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : INR 10 per person (Fridays free)
Bharat Bhavan is an autonomous multi-arts complex and museum in the state of capital Bhopal, established and funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Inaugurated in 1982 by the then Prime Minister of India - Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It is a multi-arts centre that has been set up to create an interactive experience through verbal, visual and performing arts. Bharat Bhavan provides space for contemporary expression, thought, quest and innovation and is the favourite haunt of people looking for witnessing exquisite dance and singing performances. Artists from all around the country perform here at the various events related to the free expression of thought.
Reflecting the beauty of all that lies inside, the architecture of the Bharat Bhavan itself shines through like a beautiful diamond overlooking the Upper Lake. It houses an art gallery which is adorned with a number of splendid art pieces, and if the spectacle manages to grasp your attention you can yourself take a lesson or two at the fine art workshops. An open-air amphitheatre, a studio theatre and an auditorium here in the premises are the perfect places to witness a live performance or better still, perform yourself. History of Indian art forms make an appearance at the museum of tribal and folk art, libraries of Indian poetry, classical music as well as folk music.
The magnificent 1,20,000 square feet complex of Bharat Bhavan was designed by Charles Correa, who was the architect behind its meticulous design. Towards the outer facade of the complex, he found the possibilities of a series of terraced gardens, which would be seen cascading down to the lake. The inside of the Bharat Bhavan is a medley of courtyards, split-level exhibition spaces, galleries and performance rooms.
The visitors enter at the highest level and walk down a pedestrian spine, flanked by a pattern of courtyards, to reach the various parts of the complex. Each curve and space defines itself. Each of the parts of the building is distinct yet flows easily one another, linked by meandering paths. An outdoor museum, libraries of poetry and music and a museum find a place here as well and are designed in such a manner that they draw natural light from three conical skylights.
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