Tagore Cultural Complexes


Under the new Tagore Cultural Complexes Scheme, the existing Rabindra ‘Bhawans’, ‘Manchas’, ‘Sadans’, ‘Rangshalas’ and other cultural centres will be upgraded and modernised into state-of-the-art cultural complexes. These structures were created as part of a nation-wide programme launched on the occasion of Centenary Celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore in 1961. Besides restoring these structures, new cultural complexes will be created in the State Capitals and other cities where no such complexes exist.


  • State Governments/ Union Territory (UT) Administrations.
  • State Government/UT administration sponsored bodies.
  • Bodies set up or sponsored by the Central Government or organisations under it.
  • Universities, Municipal Corporations and other Government-approved agencies.
  • Reputed not-for-profit organisations that are capable of setting up and operating the project, arranging 40% of the project cost as their matching share and meeting the recurring costs.


New Tagore Cultural Complexes (TCCs) Upgradation of existing auditoria/cultural complex Completion of approved/ ongoing MPCC Projects


Application Procedure

Documents to be attached with application

Project Proposal along with a Feasibility Report of the proposed project, including: Supporting Documents for applications by Government departments/bodies/agencies: Supporting Documents for applications by reputed not-for-profit organisations:

*** Applications received without any of these mandatory documents will not be taken up for consideration.


Mrs. Anita Sinha

Director, Ministry of Culture,
322 - C Wing Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi
Phone No. 011-23381431
Email: anita.sinha@nic.in

Mr. B.P. Bhuker

Under Secretary, Ministry of Culture,
Second Floor,
NAI (Annexe) Building,
Janpath, New Delhi - 110001
Phone No. 011 - 23074359
Email: bp.bhukar@nic.in


The National Implementation Committee (NIC) for Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore have decided that proposals received from State Governments for renovation/ upgradation of existing Cultural Complexes with estimated cost of Rs. 15 crore and below will be considered under the Scheme for Tagore Cultural Complexes introduced by the Ministry of Culture.

The proposals costing more than Rs. 15 crore but not beyond Rs. 50 crore will be decided on case to case basis. Under this category following three proposals are under consideration.

Construction of Rabindra Bhawan in Tripura

Government of Tripura has proposed to construct Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan in Agartala at an estimated cost of Rs. 27.55 crores. The Bhawan was originally constructed as part of the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore. Since the building was in a dilapidated condition, it has been dismantled and construction of a new building with modern facilities has been taken up by the State Government.

Upgradation and modernisation of Rabindra Bhawan in Bhopal

A proposal for renovation of existing Auditorium at Rabindra Bhawan in Bhopal and Construction of a new Auditorium/Open Air Theatre at an estimated cost of Rs. 49.93 crores has been received from Government of Madhya Pradesh. The proposal is under examination and will be placed before the National Appraisal Committee.

Upgradation and modernisation of Rabindra Natya Mandir in Mumbai

The Government of Maharashtra has submitted a proposal for up gradation of Rabindra Natya Mandir at an estimated cost of Rs. 18.08 crore. The proposal is under examination.

List of proposals recieved

  • 2. Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Chairman welcomed the participants. At the outset, he flagged the point that Rabindra Bhawans/ Centres/Parisars (Complexes) were constructed during the Centenary Celebration of Rabindranath Tagore in 1961 as the first important cultural spaces in the country. Thereafter, there has been no such exerciser taken up with Governmental support. Unfortunately, many of these were in a dilapidated condition and in need of modernization and upgradation. The National Committee on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, had decided, during this Commemoration period, to move away from conventional stand-alone Auditoria to Cultural Complexes/Parisars, which should be aesthetically designed after a national competition and be fitted with state-of-the technology, modern amenities and facilities to meet the expectations/needs both of performing artists and the public.
  • 3. Chairman, further, pointed out that this being the first meeting of the Expert Committee, it was important to discuss important issues related to the Parisars and lay down guidelines/parameters which could be shared with the State Governments so that they may frame/ amend their proposals suitably. These may include, inter alia, accurate site and location maps, layout and design, ‘must-have’ modern facilities, their features, specifications, scale, size, cost, conformity with ‘green’ guidelines, building rules and regulations, appropriate management structures, revenue generation-potential etc, to facilitate their thorough assessment.
  • 4. On being asked by the Experts, Chairman clarified that although the extent of financing had not been decided but it could be in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and the State Governments on the lines of the earlier MPCC (Multipurpose Cultural Complex) Scheme. The Committee may take a view in this regard, too. He further stated that there may be two a more categories of Cultural Complexes, for State Capitals ad important cities/towns and for smaller Towns/Districts HQrs etc. Expert Committees may have to be constituted at the Regional levels as it may not be appropriate to assess all proposals at the National level. Some Members of this Committee could volunteer to participate in the Regional Committee Meetings, too.
  • 5. Members, Ms. Sanjana Kapoor, Director, Prithvi Theaters, Mumbai, Shri Nissar Allana, Dramatie Art & Design Academy, New Delhi, Prof. Anuradha Chaturvedi, SPA, Delhi and Shri S.K. Chaudhary, HUDCO thereafter, placed their specific suggestions on a range of issues related to the proposed Complexes including their location, aesthetics, facilities, management usage, environmental impact, etc. These were duly noted. The written suggestions are at Annexure B. Members were requested, by the Chairman, to give more inputs within a week or ten days, to the Ministry. This was agreed to.
  • 6. Secretary, Culture, had by his letter of 10th May, 2010, addressed to Chief Secretaries of all the States/UTs requested them to provide details of existing Rabindra Bhawans / Sadans /Rangshalas /Tagore Auditoria, that were set up with Central assistance, as part of the Centenary Celebrations of the Rabindranath Tagore in 1960s and thereafter. In response to this, the State Governments of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tripura and West Bengal had submitted proposals for re-construction, repair, renovation and up-gradation of some of their Rabindra Centres/Auditoria. Ms. Sanjana Kapoor sought to know whether consolidated information on these Rabindra Centres/Auditoria was not available with the Ministry of Culture. It was confirmed that this was not available as in the 1960s, the Culture Department was part of the Education Ministry and had thereafter been merged with other Ministries.
  • It was only in 2006 that it acquired a separate status. However, appreciating the need to have consolidated data, the Chairman advised the Ministry’s officers to make an effort to collect the data from the States, by issuing reminders to his earlier communications to them.
  • 6.1 The representatives of the State Governments present were requested to make brief electronic presentations on their proposals and interact with the Committee. Highlights of State-wise presentations of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam are at Annexure C.
  • 6.2 It emerged that all the States had varying plans and designs. The scales and levels, too, did not match in any manner, as they were based on local needs and divergent concepts. This caused some concern to the Members as they felt it was very important that Tagore’s genius and contemporary trends in infrastructural aesthetics should be perfectly blended. Each presentation was discussed in detail with the Members and inputs provided, The design of Madhya Pradesh was, in particular, found comprehensive and innovatively conceived. Tripura was the only State where work had already been started, through NBCC. It was complimented for this initiative, which flowed from the Government’s interest in completing the Project during the Commemoration period. While other States felt they could take another look at their original proposals, in the light of the Committee’s feedback, Tripura conveyed its difficulties in doing so though it assured that attempts would be made to take the specific points made by Members on board, in connection with artist/visitor facilities, conformity to green regulations, integration with other existing cultural spaces, etc. States, like West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, which had submitted more than one proposal to the Ministry were requested to prioritise them and focus on most important Rabindra Complex in the State to begin with. They were also asked to think through the funding pattern as the Central Government would not be in a position to bear the entire Project cost, given fund constraints for the Tagore Commemorations of which these Parisars/Complexes were visualized to be an integral part. Film studios should not be brought in as Rajasthan had done. West Bengal had four proposals for upgradation of District level Rabindra Bhavans. For these and other similar proposals, Chairman opined that a revised version of the reintroduced MPCC, more suited for Local Bodies, with an outlay of Rs.2-6 crores per Project, could be considered. Further, instead of only renovation and repair, an overall change in the existing Rabindra Bhawans should be worked on and the proposals had to be recast accordingly. He wondered why more important Rabindra Bhawans in West Bengal had not been taken up for up-gradation during the Commemorations.
  • 7. Wrapping up the discussions, Chairman thanked the Members for their valuable inputs as well as the State Governments for their excellent and detailed presentations and clarifications. More consultations would be held, after follow-up on the suggestions to be received from the Members so that concrete proposals, on accepted guidelines, could be recommended to the National Implementation Committee for final decisions.
  • 8. Heritage buildings associated with Tagore would be considered separately. The conservation and restoration of Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata had been assigned to the Archaeological Survey of India, Members were informed.
  • 9. The Meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.