Auditoriums in Cultural Capital, Kala Nagari Vadodara in poor shape; Audience faint, fight

Vadodara: Kala Nagari (city of arts) and the cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara’s main theater hall, Sayajinagar Gruh, is in poor shape. According to Vrajesh Pasari, an organizer of various cultural shows, the Akota-based Sir Sayajinagar Gruh hall is suffering from the failure of one of its three air conditioning plants.

The organizers had met with the city municipal commissioner with a letter from the city BJP chief Dr. Vijay Shah three months ago. The Municipal Commissioner then replied that there’s no budget at present. In February this year, the hall was shut for ten days, and it was reopened in March. After that, the tender process was initiated, but no work could be started due to the model code of conduct. Later, the hall was reopened again in April this year.

The AC plant is now in such bad shape that it is difficult to use. On 12th May, during Siddharth Randeriya’s show, four persons fainted due to the non-functioning AC. On 25th May, refunds had to be issued to some people after they created a ruckus over the non-functional AC and heat during the show of the famous play “Prit Piyu Anne Panetar.” On 26th, during Mukhtar Shah’s musical program, a similar uproar was witnessed, and ten fans were ordered to cool down the anger of the audience.

Pasari further informed that in the Qawwali program on 30th May, the organizers have decided to install their own air conditioning system. Pasari also informed that the other hall, Gandhinagar Gruh, is non-functional. Complaints regarding the AC were also heard at Upadhyay hall recently. DeshGujarat