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.
Victoria Memorial, Zoological Garden and Maidan are very close to