India habitat centre


College life is filled with fun and learning, but if you are hungry for more and wish to see, experience, and delve into untouched topics, we are suggesting the places to go. These institutions can be visited at any time (in the day, of course) and you’ll find something interesting to check out.

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It was officially inaugurated in the year 1962 and built upon the arrival of Japanese prince Akihito in 1960. It is generally referred to as Triveni, meaning ‘a structure of three’. It serves the ‘Intellectual Stream’ by organising seminars, meetings, discussions, debates as well as harbours a library of renowned published papers. For the ‘Cultural Stream’, it organises dance performances, plays, and film screenings. It also boasts of hostel and catering facilities to bring people together and give rise to brain-storming sessions.

Address –  40, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi


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It is a premier multi-auditorium complex of the Government of India. It is the headquarters of Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It hosts musical concerts, film screenings, documentary screenings, plays, debates, seminars, and more.

Address – A-25, Balbir Saxena Marg, Siri Institutional Area, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi


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Max Mueller Bhavan is best known for its German language course and the international examinations held at the institute. It fosters international cultural cooperation and boasts of a huge collection of books, DVDs, etc.

Address- No.3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Near Connaught Place, New Delhi


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The India Habitat Centre was built in 1993 as an office building shared by workers of HUDCO and some non-profit organisations. It is now spread across nine acres, designed by Joseph Stein and provides facilities like conference venues, auditoriums, hospitality areas, library, resource centre, and art galleries. Penguin Random House has collaborated with the Centre to host their Annual Penguin Lecture which witnesses a huge number of turnout.

Address – Lodhi Road, Near Air force Bal Bharati School, New Delhi


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It is an association of the Indian Law and the Alliance Francaise de Paris. It is known for its French language courses and providing various levels in it. It hosts premiers of French movies, plays and also international contest. The Cine Club of the organisation is about to host a movie screening of Des Fommes et Des Hommes (Women and Men) whose entry is free to all. The institute is also about to hold an International Photography Contest with three prizes worth more than 12.000€.

Address – 72, KK Birla Ln, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi


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On the 1st of March, 2014, Pt Birju Maharaj Parampara organized an evening of Kathak titled Nritydhara, with choicest of productions of Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj ji being performed.

The event took place at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre and saw an amalgamation of an august gathering, with the presence of acclaimed artists such as Padma Bhushan Rajan- Sajan Mishra ji, Deepak Maharaj ji.

The first performance was Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj Ji’s most recent production titled “Chidiya ki Udaan”, the words to which were lend by acclaimed poet Ashok Chakradhar. The piece describes the journey of a bird from infancy to adulthood, as she faces the difficulties of life. The music is light and melodious, but at the same time does not compromise on the technical aspect of dance. Replete with the sounds of fluttering of feathers and chirping of birds, it shows the complete dominance of doyen Pt Jai Kishen maharaj ji, as far as creative choreography in contemporary times is concerned.

The second item was called “Thumri Maalika” and it was a compilation of old thumris of the lucknow gharana, composed by Pt Bindadin maharaj ji, one of the founders of the ancient Kalka-Bindadin Lucknow Gharana of Kathak.

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Followed suit was a solo performance by Tribhuwan Maharaj, son of Pt Jai Kishen Maharaj and grandson of Pt Birju Maharaj ji. Accompanying him on padhant were his father himself and the what the audience witnessed was an electrifying combination of padhant and dancing. Tribhuwan was in his full form and performed a carefully selected series of pieces that left the audience wanting for more.

The final performance was titled “swarangtaal”, depicting the union of swar and taal to subsequently form music. The beginning showed 6 girls as swar, dancing to abstract music, followed by 4 boys dancing to the pure beats sans melody. An interaction between a girl and boy brings swar and taal together and in the finale everyone comes together to dance to the music, complete with swar and taal.