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Sri Shivarathreeshwara Centre and Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Chinthana Mantap, located in JSS Educational Campus, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, and Sri Ghanalinga Shivayogi Sabha Bhavan, located on the premises of JSS Public School, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bengaluru, are three state-of-the-art auditoriums situated in the heart of Bangalore. All are well-equipped with modern lighting, sound system and comfortable seats, and are dedicated to promoting cultural and literary activities.
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Kalamantapa
Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Kalamantapa was started with the blessings of Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji in 1948. Its purpose was to stage dramas based on the life stories of spiritual personalities and to propagate their messages and enlighten common people.
This Kalamantapa has helped several dramatists and playwrights achieve fame. Of the several plays staged by the Kalamantapa, some of the popular ones are Adarsha Vivaha, Shri Paadake Namo Namaha, Sri Shivarathreeshwara Vijaya, Jagajyothi Basaveshwara and Nijaguna Shivayogi. The Kala Mantapa has a tradition of honouring senior artists every year.
The plays of Kalamantapa have been selected for national (Delhi) and international (Nepal) festivals.
The plays of Kalamantapa have been selected for National (Delhi) and International (Nepal) Theatre festivals. JSS Kala Mantapa organises JSS Rangotsava every year in Mysuru. Plays relevant to today’s social and cultural context are staged during this theatre festival.
Rangotsava is a theatre festival organised by JSS Kala Mantapa every year at Mysuru. The plays relevant to today’s social and cultural context are staged during this festival. It is a three-day theatre festival where students from various institutions of JSS participate. His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji founded JSS Kalamantapa in the year 1948 to promote theatre arts. Each year, the selected plays created by certain JSS institutions are staged here.
Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Chinthana Mantapa
This forum was started in 2005, at the JSS Educational Institutions campus, in Jayanagar, Bengaluru. In this forum, 96 cultural programmes were held during the year including the programmes organized by the All India Sharana Sahitya Parishath and JSS schools and colleges.
JSS Sangeetha Sabha Trust
The JSS Sangeetha Sabha Trust has been founded to popularise and encourage classical music. Hitherto more than five hundred concerts have been organised in which artists of national and international fame have participated. Apart from helping local artists, budding and upcoming artists are also being encouraged. For this purpose, the Sabha has started a separate youth wing.
The Sabha organises music appreciation workshops and music competitions to help youngsters develop aptitude and love for classical Carnatic Music. Sangeetha Sammelana is organised every year in December in connection with the commemoration of Dr Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji’s Jayanthi.
During Shravan Masa, special poojas, discourses, and essay-writing competitions are organised in Mysuru and Suttur for one month.
Shivanubhava Dasoha lecture series is being conducted since 1996, on the last Saturday of every month. Discourses on religion, philosophy, and comparative study of world religions, sharana preaching, lifestyle and health issues are being held. This programme has earned much appreciation. So far, more than 200 discourses have been delivered.