An Impressive Cultural Initiative in Vijayawada


This is perhaps the fourth time I went to Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV). A place for art, culture, language and heritage. A place that is set up in Vijayawada with great passion and maintained with dedication by Sri Y Harischandra Prasad. The Centre is running under the guidance of the renowned archeologist and Buddhist scholar Dr E Sivanagi Reddy.

Since it was inaugurated in January this year, the Centre hosted 83 programmes I am told. They are in the news every other day. They had exhibitions of paintings by a large number of artists: from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and many other states in the country.

They had recently brought out a poetry anthology – Poetic Prism 2015. About 140 poets from 14 languages contributed to the collection. What made the volume stand out was that poems were printed in the language’s own script. A brief synopsis of the drift of the poem was given for the reader to get an idea of the poem. Most of those poets arrived in Vijayawada and recited their poetry on the banks of river Krishna.

Today I went again to the Centre and participated in a programme. This was the signing of MOU between the Centre and Korean Fine Arts Association (FFAA). Seo Jiang Ju, an eminent painter, represented the Association. She is also doing a residency for two days at the Centre.

I saw her working in the studio in the Centre today. Her portfolio, titled Healing, is very impressive. It is very soothing to the eye. Her works looked like as though she was portraying a variety of windows in different colours – deep red, blue, yellow, green. But they may not be windows. I may be wrong. I could not find out from her. She could barely converse in English.

Initiatives like the CCV need support and encouragement. Government leaders and those who are in prominent positions in various walks of life in our society should lend a hand to such efforts.

Art and culture and heritage need careful nurturing. People, common people and especially young people, have to take ownership of our society’s past, our literature, and our rich art forms.  There is a lot in these to be proud of, and draw inspiration from. If exposed to their proper interpretation, young people surely will take pride in them. Art, artists, poets and writers never cease to inspire. I have seen a bunch of young people in the Centre. Hope to see many more in the months and years to come.

Endeavours like these are surely not profitable. But they are immensely valuable.

5 Responses to “An Impressive Cultural Initiative in Vijayawada”

  1. November 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Dear Sir,

    The views expressed by you about the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada are inspiring. The brevity was beautiful and the message was elaborate. Encouragement from Learned Scholars like you will enable such valuable social initiatives to continue their good work.

    • November 25, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Thank you, Sir.
      If you have not visited, please go there.

  2. November 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    “They had exhibitions of paintings by a large number of artists: from Andhra Pradesh, *Telangana* and many other states in the country”

    Not Nizam or Nizam Telangana, eh. Good to note you are finally reconciled!

  3. February 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    sir, regarding vizag metro i have one suggestion…… after visalakshinagar…. the metro line runs through zoo road which is non residing area and connects to endada…. so plz move it in to visakha vally school road and touch zoo, sagarnagar beach, rushikonda beach, gitam college, it park and come back to endada …. so that there will be no change in the previous route and it will improve our city tourism also… plz consider it… i dnt knw where to tell exactly… plz give me reply

    if we do this, we have the following advantages connectivity to sagar nagar beach and rushikonda beach( now we dnt hav proper connectivity)
    2. huge tourism potential
    3. we can place ins virat at rushikonda as a hotel
    4. in future we can connect metro to bhimili via sea route then it will become train tourism
    5. it devoleps faster it sector growth because now it connects rushikonda it zone…..
    6 it connects iskon temple
    7it connects bavikonda totlakonda buddhist monuments
    8 it connects ramanaidu studio means cine industry will come to vizag
    9 it will become another smart hub city
    10 it has huge tourism potential

    plz talk with metro md sridharan…… plzz give me reply also

    • September 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      Thanks for you suggestions, Sir. I will surely pass them on to the relevant persons.

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