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Chowdaiah Memorial Hall , Vyalikaval , Bangalore

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Category: Cultural Centre , Auditorium , Drama & Theatre Center

Phone:  (080) 23445810

Mobile:  9962623937,

Address:   16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval, Bangalore- 560003, Karnataka

Landmark:  Near Tirumala Tirupati Temple

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Seats: 1011 Regional Language Performances: Yes
Art Dealer: No Credit Cards Accepted: No
Foreign Cultural Centers: No
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URL: www.cmh.co.in
Email: chowdiah.hall@gmail.com


Chowdaiah Memorial Hall: Host to plays, dance recitals, concerts and other events, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is Bangalores cultural hotspot. Established in 1980 as a tribute to famed violinist T. Chowdiah, this violin shaped auditorium is a favoured venue for the citys cultural events. Booked throughout the year, there is always something worth the culture vultures time happening here. This air-conditioned hall has a seating capacity of 1045, well-designed acoustics, powerful sound system and power back-up for an uninterrupted performance.

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Sadly, Chowdiah is the only option for any large-scale performance in Bangalore although it hardly rates as among the best. The approach road is narrow and parking is a mess. They could easily organize a better concession stand than the chaos at the current canteen. Even inside, the air-conditioning is usually turned on just before the performance and switched off 10min before the end, making it rather stuffy. I look forward to some competition coming up, so that these guys are forced to offer decent amenities to theatre lovers in Bangalore

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Mr. Srinath,

Chowdiah Hall does not have a balcony. It is located in the northern direction (you mentioned western bangalore).

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate it.

Praanna Kumar
Treasurer
Academy Of Music

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I have read somewhere that Chowdiah Memorial Hall is the only structure in the world built in the form of a musical instrument. Even if it’s not, it’s definitely one of the great landmarks of Bangalore and a visual treat for connoisseurs of art, culture and music. It’s devoted to one of the most-gifted musicians of all time, Peteelu Chowdiah. Peteelu is the Kannada word for Violin. He was a very-much respected musician during the Wodeyar-dynasty rule. Chowdiah is also the grand-father of famous Kannada actor Ambarish. It’s located in one of the oldest residential localities of Bangalore – Vyalikaval (Gayatri Devi Park Extension to be specific), which is very much attached to Malleswaram.
One thing which stands out even after 30 years of it’s existence is the excellent acoustics. It has played host to musical concerts, plays, felicitation events, quiz shows, dance shows and many, many others. It is very much the face of our culture in western Bangalore. It has a balcony as well. The seats are pretty comfortable and the lighting facilities available are one of the best in Bangalore. It has a canteen alongside and Sankey Tank is located on the other side of the tank bed. It’s a must-visit for any art, culture and music lover.

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