Kalidas Rangalaya, Patna

 

Kalidas Rangalaya in Patna has been the hub of theater activism of the State for years. It is an important theater of Patna, where not only the theatrical activities takes place but also the cultural functions of various organisations, including schools and colleges takes place at regular interval.

Kalidas Rangalaya was established on 9th October, 1974. The land is given by the State government to Bihar Art Theater to promote and pursue theatrical and cultural activities. Anil Kumar Mukherjee has been pioneer in establishing the theater in the city. The complex consists of a stage, auditorium, Bihar Institute of Dramatics, office and Annapurna Cafeteria. Beside, there are several unfinished buildings like Shakuntala Janta Theater, Priyambada Children's Theater, Anasuya Art Gallery and Abhyathna Guest House for guest artists. The Rangalaya is the home of Bihar Art Theater which is affiliated to International Theater Institute, UNESCO as it its regional center through its Indian National Center, Bhartiya Natya Sangh, New Delhi and Asian Theater, Delhi beside being registered with the State government. Bihar Art Theater was established on 25th June, 1961 by Anil Kumar Mukherjee to carry such artistic, cultural and educational activities including fostering classical dances and songs as would promote the all round progress or benefit of the members and people of Bihar in general.

It has been a pioneer in holding various cultural activities at the state level and national level.  Recently, in February 2013, 28th Pataliputra Natya Mahotsava or All India Multilingual Drama and Folk Dance Festival was organised. It witnessed staging of 24 plays in a span of  five days by over 60 theater activists from 14 states. A team from  Mahakalay Natya Sampraday, Dhaka, Bangladesh also participated in the festival.

How to reach :  It is situated in the South -East corner of Gandhi Maidan. One can easily reach by road. It is situated beside the Traffic Police Station.