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Rabindra Sadan/Nandan

Rabindra Sadan
Rabindra Sadan is situated at the junction of A.J.C. Bose Road and Cathedral Road and Nandan, a theatre behind Rabindra Sadan is Kolkata's place of cine culture.

About Rabindra Sadan
Rabindra Sadan is the seat of Bengali culture, where every evening drama, cultural programmes & exhibitions are held. Rabindra Sadan is Kolkata's place of culture.

Foundation stone was laid on 8.5.61 by the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. And started its functions from Oct., 1967. It has been erected a mark of homage to Gurudev Rabindranath through the relative branches of performing arts.

Nandan is one of the best movie theaters in India, situated near the Victoria Memorial which is a cultural centre for film enthusiasts and professionals. Nandan run by the West Bengal Government shows that when the government wants it can do things right. The Rabindra Sadan and Sisir Mancha (both auditoriums) are situated next to Nandan. The Academy of Fine Arts and Pashchim Banga Academy are also in this complex. The Calcutta Information Center is nearby making this the cultural zone of Calcutta.

Home to filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, Kolkata breathes films. Kolkata's cineastes are a breed apart. Hours spent debating the merits and demerits of Eisentein's montage or La Dolce Vita is considered time well spent. People camp overnight outside ticket counters during film festivals to get hold of tickets.

Keeping in mind this large number of quality audience, the state government has constructed Nandan, the West Bengal Film Centre. Flanked by Rabindra Sadan, Bangla Academy, Sisir Mancha and Kolkata Information Centre, Nandan is a unique cultural centre without a parallel in the country. It was inaugurated by Satyajit Ray in 1985. Nandan I is the main auditorium with a capacity of over 1100. There are two mini auditoria, Nandan II and III. There is a seminar and conference hall (Nandan IV). The film complex also houses the Satyajit ray Film Archive, Ritwik Memorial Library and a film vault. Recently, a permanent exhibition of antique film and audio equipment has been installed at Nandan.

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Nearby Attraction
Victoria Memorial, Zoological Garden and Maidan are very close to Rabindra Sadan.

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