A state-of-the-art Rang mandir (auditorium), equipped with the latest sound and light technology equipment is all set to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on December 27th at the Rang Mandir at the Kannada Bhavan in Nehru Nagar Belaagvi that has taken19 years in the making, with a total cost of ₹10 crores.
Prabhakar Kore, the working president of the Bhavan administrative committee, has stated that the auditorium will be open to theatre and other cultural activities of all organisations, regardless of language. The project was funded by a combination of donations, ₹6.3 crore released by B.S. Yediyurappa, and money saved from the Vishwa Kannada Sammelan in 2003.
Kore also mentioned that the Bhavan administrative committee would be building a theatre team of local artists, as well as organizing State and national-level theatre festivals in Belagavi.
The three-story building also features shops, a lobby, office space, a basement parking facility, six rooms for the short stay of artists, green rooms, and a large gallery.
The auditorium is a 310-seater facility that can be expanded to 350 seats. It is entirely air-conditioned and features automatic folding chairs, green rooms, German technology-based screens, lighting and sound systems, and perforated walls to ensure optimal reflection.