Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal formally launched Surabhi Foundation’s Living Heritage Centre at Kharghar. The five-acre plot allocated for the centre is situated within the Central Park in Kharghar and will be an added attraction for the city in future. The who’s who were present to launch the Heritage Center at Kharghar – from Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, trustees of the Surabhi Foundation such as Santoor maestro Padma Vibhushan Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, bhajan exponent Anup Jalota, noted film producer Yash Chopra and his wife Pamela, well-known documentary filmmaker and producer of ‘Surabhi’ show Siddharth Kak and his wife actor Gita Siddharth, leading contemporary artist Prafulla Dahanukar, art consultant Mukti Verma along with actors Raza Murad and Kunika Lal also attended the function. The stalwart of Indian devotional genre Anup Jalota said that whatever viewers saw on DD on Surabhi for 11 years, they will now be able to see it in one day at one place. Yash Chopra said that the gen next is influenced by western culture in a big way and the center aims at connecting them with their forgotten heritage and culture. The Chief Minister Ashok Chavan congratulated the trustees of the foundation for their effort. He said that in a concrete jungle the Central Park will give breathing space for all and the centre will give everyone a glimpse of our past. The Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also requested the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to sanction more educational institutes in Maharashtra that will help children excel in this age of globalization and stiff competition. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said that besides physical assets, culture is more invaluable. Siddarth Kak’s Surabhi Foundation was the only organization to submit the Request for Proposal (RFP) to CIDCO for the much talked-about project. The foundation aims at bringing together 5,000 years of India’s rich cultural past. He said in the present day and age of conflicting interests, the younger generation is still searching for a new identity and the project will change the way young people perceive the Indian culture and will encourage them to work towards its preservation. It will be a catalyst for setting up similar centres across the country besides giving Gen-Next a sense of pride. The centre will comprise of interactive, immersive exhibits, a wax museum and will also boast of a community radio and much more. A cultural hub, it will be a major tourist attraction in the future. The project is expected to be completed in phases within next three years and the will raise Rs 100 crore for the project. The building itself would be a unique and a first-of-its-kind green structure, where visitors will be able to walk over green grass on the roof. Some of the highlights of the centre include tribal communities and arts display, a gallery of festivals and celebrations, a Maharashtra heritage wing, a mythology and parables section and more. The centre will also boast of latest technology to portray India’s rich cultural heritage. The finale of the ceremony saw a host of special Surabhi kites soaring the skies. CIDCO Chairman Nakul Patil and MD GS Gill were also present for the function. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
March 24, 2017