Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s beginning can be traced to a small but exclusive sponsoring body called ‘Jhankar’ which was set up in 1947. The Kendra formally came into existence in 1952 when it was registered as a society under the Societies’ Registration Act, 1860. Since then it has grown and blossomed over the years, as one of the premier cultural institutions of India.
Ever since its inception, the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage and the promotion of performing arts has been the active concern of the Kendra. It takes special care in whatever it does to see that its activities remain linked with and have a direct bearing on the problems and requirements of contemporary performing arts, and do not, under any circumstances, become obscurant or escapist.
The Kendra maintains a permanent dance-drama group. Through its various programs and stage performances, the group has tried to capture and enshrine as aesthetically as possible the best from our religion, mythology and folklore. And, the Ram Lila performed over 2000 nights both in India and abroad has been one of its major achievements.
The Kendra has also contributed to the resuscitation of the Mayurbhanj Chhau style. Considerable research has gone into this performing art.
Another notable achievement of the Kendra, of which it is justifiably proud, is the revival of the Kathak dance — one of the classical dance styles of North India. The Kendra has made serious efforts to revive and restore the Kathak to its original dignity and as a result of its efforts, Kathak now takes a rightful place among the great dance styles of India.