Bharat Bhavan is a multi art complex and was established in 1982. It is funded by the government and is a well-known place in Bhopal. It is located at J. Swaminathan Marg, Shamla Hills, overlooking the Upper Lake. It has an art gallery with Indian paintings and sculptures, a fine arts workshop, a studio theatre, open air amphitheatre called Bahirang, an auditorium, museum and library. A number of concerts, plays, exhibitions and film shows are conducted here. We visited the place during our stay at Bhopal and spent valuable time in the place.
It is a large complex and is one of the major attractions in Bhopal. There are many museums in the complex and long meandering pathways lead to each part of the complex. Rupankar is the fine arts gallery where you see folk and tribal art and also the modern art. There are also workshops for metal casting, Graphic art workshop, ceramic art workshop etc. Vagartha is the place of Indian Poetry, and is of great benefit for the upcoming and the already established writers. It provides a platform for them to interact with the people and make their work known to the interested people.
Rangmandal is where a number of stage shows and popular plays are organized. There is also a library here with a vast collection of books as well as a play museum. I went through some of the books there and also watched one of the stage shows being held. Chhavi is the place where classical cinema is shown. Anhad is a hall which is beautifully decorated and well maintained. Here a number of classical music as well as folk music are performed. Many noted musicians have performed in this hall in front of a large audience.
Bharat Bhavan is open from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm on all days of the week, except for Sundays. It is one of the important centers in India that is known for the conservation of traditional and folk art. We spent a couple of hours at Bharat Bhavan, visiting different museums and workshops and learnt quite a lot about the art and literature of Madhya Pradesh.