Lok Kala Manch (LKM) is a Non Profit Organization, registered under Societies Act of 1860. It is committed to the promotion of Cultural and Creative heritage of India; it provides an opportunity to and a suitable platform for artists to demonstrate the nuances of Dance, Drama and Music for the benefit of the common people. It endeavors to bring about a synthesis of the best of social and cultural life from the various regions of India and to work for the development of a composite Indian Culture.
The Society was formed and registered way back in 1959 but the events promoted by it were held in various locations in and around Delhi and NCR. It was only in 1999 Lok Kala Manch could have a premises of its own from where it could provide a performance space, to not only the renowned but also to the young and emerging artists. Lok Kala Manch, in its present form owes its existence to the Vision and perseverance of its Founder-President Late Shri S. Ramaswamy.
The complex, located in the Lodhi Institutional Area of New Delhi, has a fully air-conditioned auditorium with a comfortable seating capacity for 199 persons. The complex also has two other air-conditioned Multipurpose Halls. The venue boasts of the latest in Audio-Video equipment and systems with excellent technological paraphernalia and backed by experience.
To encourage and enable aspiring artists, the Society hires out the venues at considerably subsidized rates. Persons/organizations who are interested in teaching music/dance could also avail of these facilities for conducting their classes. The Society conducts its own classes, teaching Classical Hindustani and Carnatic Music and classical Bharatanatyam dance, to over 350 students. We also seek to conduct seminars and conferences connected with Folk arts & Culture on relevant subjects.
With the sole objective to play a pivotal role in showcasing and keeping alive the profusion of Indian arts, crafts and culture, Lok Kala Manch organizes functions and cultural festivals in the spheres of Carnatic and Hindustani - Vocal and instrumental – classical music as well as Indian Classical Dance forms. These performances are thrown open to the Public free of cost. It also supports and subsidizes events organized by other organizations with similar objectives. During the last financial year it held over 70 such cultural events.
Being a Non-profit organization, Lok Kala Manch depends on the donations from individuals and corporate apart from the revenue it derives by hiring out its venues to others for holding performances and conducting classes. Lok Kala Manch would very much appreciate a helping hand from all those who are interested in preserving and promoting Indian culture in all its glory.
I would like to express my gratitude to all the artists and other patrons and individuals who have contributed and continue to be associated with the Programs of Lok Kala Manch.
We look forward to new partnerships and collaborations in the coming years.
Smt. Hema Ramaswamy
Lok Kala Manch