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With every event of classical music and dance it undertook to organize, Pracheen Kala Kendra established a new record which add to its already acknowledged position of first rate institution wedded to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of art and culture not merely in India but in other countries also.
This is so true about the “Baithak” programme which is held on 11th of every month. Launched in June, 1996 primarily to provide a platform to the promising upcoming and talented artists from the field of the performing arts, the series of Baithaks has gained unprecedented success both from the art lovers as well as the media.
“Baithak”, as the word also suggests, is a kind of sitting or session where committed and keen listeners assemble to have a close rapport with the artist. Precisely in these very environs the “Baithak” of the Kendra began its present journey which has come to create new milestones of artist-audience rapport as endorsed by the growing popularity of the programme.
For the Kendra and those wedded to its philosophy of preserving the strong Indian heritage of music and dance, the Baithak Programme has come to stay as a major milestone in fulfilling commitments towards the new generation of music and dance lovers.
The cultural programmes – Baithak and Special- organized by the Kendra have not only helped in enriching the classical arts of music and dance among public but so also have put the City Beautiful (Chandigarh) on the art map of the world.
The Kendra also had the privilege of organizing poetic, symposia and Mushairas in which top poets like Sahir Ludhianvi, Kaifi Aazmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shiv Batalvi, Jaan Nisar Akhtar, Shakil Badayuni, Basheer Badr et al took part. Local luminaries like Surinder Pandit Soz and Satyanand Shakir were among the regular participants.