NEW DELHI || The All-India Radio has released the digital version of ‘Gurbani’ and ‘Shabd Kirtan from the rich archives of the Prasar Bharati, an official said on Saturday. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar inaugurated All India Radio’s new Broadcast Auditorium and launched a digital version in the union capital yesterday.
It was done to mark the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, ‘BaniUtsav’ and a Shabad-Kirtan Concert by eminent Raagis was also organized by the External Services Division of All India Radio.
Expressing his contentment over the successfully completed new Auditorium, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting stated that this multi-purpose auditorium will now act as a one-stop-destination for artists which will help in promoting their creativity and talent while also catering to honing one’s own skills and thus simultaneously representing India in the global front.
“An auditorium of its own would not only help in organizing the existing regular events but also organise more events to popularise various genres of music, dance, theatre etc. and have the potential of turning the place into a new cultural hub and destination in the capital”, said Javadekar.
All-India Radio’s new Broadcast Auditorium is equipped with all the facilities like Multipurpose hall, Studios, Editing studios, Multimedia facility that would cater to the most of the requirements of an artist.
The 465-seat Auditorium encompasses Broadcast Museum, SanskarGeet Corner, Rehearsal Hall, Library, Conference facility and Cafeteria under one roof with a gallery overlooking the floor and inbuilt devices for recording, online editing, uplinking and live streaming of audio and visual content. This facility will cater to the requirements of Prasar Bharati’s aural and visual wings – All India Radio and Doordarshan.
The auditorium complex which is situated inside the AIR premises in the Parliament Street overlooks a newly created sprawling Rock Garden as part of its front façade and a huge green lawn at the posterior. The facade of the auditorium complex has been planned in conformity with Broadcasting house which is a heritage building Grade-II as per the NDMC list of the heritage building.
It is worth mentioning that the entire space where this modern auditorium has come up was in a dilapidated condition. Massive renovation and retrofitting were required to be done to suit as per the requirement of the auditorium complex. The project was completed within a record time of 15 months which included 6 months time for renovation and retrofitting.