‘I will work to raise status of cultural activities, take SCZCC to new level’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2018 10:58:00



By Nandu Andhare,

“I have got a job where the work involved is exciting and to my liking. I will work whole-heartedly to raise the status of cultural activities in the city and South Central Zone Cultral Centre (SCZCC)to take it to a new level. There is a lot to be done, in a very short span of time,” reiterated Dr Deepak Khirwadkar, newly-appointed Director of South Central Zone Cultral Centre, while speaking informally to The Hitavada on Friday. Dr Khirwadkar has taken over charge of the post of Director, SCZCC on April 18.

Speaking about his plans, Dr Khirwadkar spoke about his style of working. “I will work overtime to do my best in planning programmes for promoting folk art, culture and music with priority. It could be from any region under my jurisdiction. In Vidarbha, we have many folk traditions that are on way to dissipation. I intend to revive these and give the artists a platform to showcase their culture. A Mahotsav can be planned just for the presentation of this art. Our tradition of ‘Gondhal’ is well-known and can be planned at Mahur or Tuljapur,” he opined.

Appearing restless in unfolding his ideas, Dr Khirwadkar mentioned about his close to heart project of developing a good website. “I have requested VNIT to assist me in planning and developing this website that will help artists in uploading their biodata, video clips and reviews. They can also register in English, Hindi and Marathi. Artists located in remote areas can avail this facility to come online. They will have to get e-trained to start using this system. I have named the website as ‘Web Museum’, as it will maintain a directory of artists. These performers can also update their previous information on this site. Selection of artists, fixing their remuneration, making online payment to item will become automatic. It will be a mobile-friendly website. I also intend giving a unique ID number to artists to avoid repetition,” he averred.

Speaking about publicising the Centre’s activity on a larger scale, Dr Khirwadkar announced his plan to bring out a newsletter or News Bulletin online, making the process a paperless one. Speaking about spreading the Centre’s activity and involving the youth, he said, “I want to involve schools and colleges, specially Girls Institution, hold competitions , award them prizes and certificates. There are many good opportunities coming our way in the coming months and we intend to encash on this to enliven the Centre’s well-wishers, the learned and literary crowd, music connoisseurs through our incoming programmes. My taking over as Director of SCZCC is God’s Gift to a person like me, who is an accomplished artist and a die hard fan of art and music. What else can I dream off , than to spend my post retirement time in the soothing environs of Music and Art”.