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Prakash Javadekar All Set To Revive Delhi's Once Popular Amphitheatre Rabindra Rangashala

New Delhi (The Hawk): Imbibing, innovative, impressive, inculcating. instigating, infusing new, +ve but nationally useful in all ways and path-shower for something new and mass-appealing without any bias of any kind (a rare trait indeed), Union Minister for I&B and Environment and Forests etc Prakash Javadekar is all set to revive, restart, resurrect, grandiose, grandiloquent Rabindra Rangashala matching the biggest ampitheatres (a circular building without a roof and with rows of seats that rise in steps around an open space) of venyires in what could easily be said as Prakash Javadekar All Set To Revive Delhi's Once Popular Amphitheatre Rabindra Rangashala at dense ridge in western part of Delhi going southward. Old timers like this correspondent vividly remember seeing giant Hollywood blockbuster movies in 120 mm screen with surround real life sounds in '60s, '70s amid open under vast blue sky resembling ampitheatres in Rome, The Colosseum. Easily the most famous and the largest amphitheatre of ancient Rome, the Colosseum saw gladiators, criminals and lions alike fight for their lives in spectacular events. Today it remains a world renowned, iconic symbol of the Roman Empire. Most of the world's Amphitheatres dates back to the Roman Empire, who built many of these to make rooms for gladiator games and other events and entertainment for the people.

{Today, there are some 230 Amphitheatres left in the world which are preserved in areas that were controlled by the Romans during that time. What characterizes an Amphitheatre is its large size and shape, which is either circular or elliptic.

There is no roof, and the arena will have a center point that is dedicated to performances. It also has seating around the arena in several stages with stairs.

What many don't know is that it doesn't have to be a Roman Amphitheatre to count as an Amphitheatre, and the fact is that there are some modern Amphitheatres around the world as well. One such example can be found in Sweden, namely in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm where you can see a large wooden Amphitheatre.}

Indeed Javadekar is all et to repeat 170 mm cinema screen that once showed Ben Hur, The Bridge On the River Kwai, McCena's Gold, Mughal-e-Azam, True Grit, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly etc @ Rs 1 and made all mighty happy. This Correspondent himself has seen so many films in wide open there and enjoyed to the hilt whose remembrances are still tulip-fresh in mind…Its indeed an experience! Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) under Javadekar now has suggested to the Supreme Court several "mitigating measures" to restore and restart th, amphitheatre, Rabindra Rangshala, currently in sort of ruins in the Central Ridge -- a protected forest area of the Capital.

Conceived and created by the Rabindranath Tagore Centenary Committee, headed by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the structure was Delhi's cultural hot spot for three decades. The open air theatre has been lying abandoned for the last two decades after the Centre declared the area a reserved forest in the mid-1990s.

But now the Javadekar in all earnestness wants to renovate it and turn it into a cultural hub of the capital. The ministry of culture has moved the SC for permission to start the restoration of Rabindra Rangashala, promising that no concrete structure will be set up.

The Rab­in­dra Rangshala, located in the Central Ridge Forest Area near Karol Bagh's big hanuman temple, is an open-air amphitheatre with seating capacity of 8000 spectators. Rab­indra Rangshala was built in 60s and used to host film scr­een­ings, plays and performances but now its ruined and is taken over by the forest. Its 100 x 68 ft stage had the capacity to be modified in three different dimensions proportionate to the needs of the performance. Even in its current state, its utter and majestic beauty is worth a visit. rabindra rangshala, New delhi is a perfect destination for a great time with your dear ones. Enjoy the attractions of this popular tourist spot. With so much to lure your senses and offer you recreation at its best, get drenched in the spirit of adventure that you get to explore at rabindra rangshala, New delhi. Enjoy together all the points of popular interests and bring back several memorable moments. rabindra rangshala, New delhi is not just the place for sightseeing, but it also enables you to steal a self-indulgent moment for yourself as well. So, check out the Rabindra Rangshala tourist spot for all the attractions that is on offer and visit this spot on weekends for a rejuvenating time. World standards, extraordinary architecture, innovative layouts, and well-thought execution make place a highly coveted point of tourist interest. Do not forget to carry your camera and capture special moments. rabindra rangshala, New delhi is the sure way to refresh and relax after a busy weekday. Explore interesting themes, fabulous designs, colorful landscapes, amusing characters, ambient music, props and merchandise available in nearby stores- all at one place. rabindra rangshala, New delhi is the best way to have a memorable time with kids and family. So, enjoy a fulfilling outing at rabindra rangshala in New delhi. Check it out!

In its environment impact assessment (EIA) report submitted to the court recently, the MoEF said: "The renovation will be done as per the green norms. Adequate measures must be taken to follow the criteria." "Five per cent of the total project renovation cost will be allocated to monitor the air, noise and dust pollution and habitat enrichment. A framework will be made in consultation with the relevant department for implementation. Regular monitoring will be done," the MoEF report said.

Since renovation would require the felling of trees in the ridge area, the EIA suggested that indigenous vegetation could be planted to improve wildlife habitat and restore the ecological function of the forest.

But a bench headed by Justice JS Kehar refused to take up Centre's application that wanted permission to restore and restart Rabindra Rangshala.

Justice Kehar told attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Friday he visited the place and was not inclined to give permission to the government, which moved court 16 years after a recommendation was made to restart it.

"We have been there. If we allow you, then it will give me pain for my entire life. Let another bench hear and decide it," he told the law officer in a candid admission.

"It's a forest. Around 8,000 people will visit the place, there will be cars. It (forest) will get destroyed," Justice Kehar said. His colleague Justice C Nagappan was of the same view.

Rohatgi said that once a forest couldn't always be a forest and contended the court could impose strict restrictions for the operation.

"We can bring down the audience strength from 8,000 to 2,000. The shows will not be held every day but once a week," Rohatgi said. He said the entire area was spread over 800 acres and the theatre occupied only 37 acres.

Vandemataram Marg (alternate spelling Vande Mataram Marg) is an arterial road in New Delhi, India. It runs through the central section of the Delhi Ridge and connects Karol Bagh to Dhaula Kuan. It was earlier called Upper Ridge Road, frequently shortened to Ridge Road, and is still often referred to by this name. For most areas of North Delhi, the shortest route to Delhi airport lies through the entire length of Vandemataram Marg. It stretches in a south-westerly direction from a roundabout at its northern (north-eastern) end, where it meets with Pusa Road (Sadhu Vaswani Marg), Arya Samaj Road, Faiz Road and Link Road, to Dhaula Kuan crossing at its southern (south-western) end. The Airport Express line of the Delhi Metro runs overhead along a 2km stretch of the road. Running through a forested area, Vandemataram Marg has been called "the greenest road of Delhi". Now all decks are clear.

Updated : 2020-12-22T22:24:38+05:30


Soumitra Bose is a Special Correspondent of The Hawk in New Delhi

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