Literature & Cultural Centres
An auditorium with most modern facilities has been constructed in the JSS Educational Institutions Campus at Jayanagar, Bengaluru. This is one of the prestigious cultural centers in the capital city. This auditorium has been built most artistically and ornamentally. The tall silver oak trees in front of the building present a magnificent and greenery look. The interiors of the projection room, portico, green-room and the exterior design show that every minute details have been considered. Ideally located, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city. It was built with an objective to provide opportunities to the youth to exhibit their talents. Many cultural programmes are held at the centre through out the year.
Sri Shivarathreeshwara Kalamantapa was started with the blessings of Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji in 1948. Its purpose was to stage dramas based on the life stories of spiritual personalities and to propagate their messages and change the attitude of people. The Kalamantapa has helped several dramatists and playwrights achieve fame. Of the several plays staged by the Kalamantapa, some of the popular ones are Adarsha Vivaha, Shri PaadakkeNamoNamaha, Sri Shivarathreeshwara Viajaya, Jagajyothi Basaveshwara and Nijaguna Shivayogi. The Kala Mantapa has a tradition of honouring senior artistes every year. The plays of Kalamantapa have been selected for national (Delhi) and international (Nepal) festivals. The Kala Mantapa organises JSS Rangothsava every year in Mysuru and other places. Plays relevant to contemporary social and cultural context are staged during this theatre festival.
The Kala Mantapa had organised JSS Rangotsava at Kalamandira, Mysuru. During the occasion, four plays, Kindarajogi, Mricchakatika, Chitrapata and Rekke Kattuvira were staged.
This forum was started in 2005, at the JSS Educational Institutions campus, in Jayanagar, Bengaluru. This is an auditorium constructed in the same compound, adjacent to the Shivarathreeshwara Centre, which can host programmes. It has all the required facilities to conduct programmes. It is located on the second floor and has lift facility too. Apart from conducting traditional cultural programmes this auditorium is also available for birthday parties and betrothal ceremonies.
It is located in Banashankari 2nd stage, in the JSS Public School premises, near Devagiri Temple. This auditorium is well-equipped and suitable to conduct programmes, functions and pre-school annual days. It has a modern lighting system, audio equipment, comfortable seats, security and parking facilities. Situated in a prime locality, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city.
Apart from conducting traditional cultural programmes this auditorium is also available for birthday parties and betrothal ceremonies.
The 22nd Jagadguru, Mantra Maharshi, His Holiness Sri Shivarathri Mahaswamiji believed in social change through literature. To fulfill this objective, he started the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Granthamale/ publications. So far, over 100 valuable titles have been published. Apart from books, calendars (pocket, wall and table), panchangas (Hindu Almanac) are also being published. Under the “Sharana Samskrithi” series, books written by several stalwarts in Kannada literature are being published.
- Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Granthamale was established in 1939 for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge and social reform through educational tools. The objective of the Granthamale is to propagate vachana literature, philosophy, religion and art. So far, over 200 valuable titles have been published.
- Prasada (Bi-monthly)– “Prasada” is a bi-monthly magazine in Kannada, devoted to religion, philosophy, culture, art and Indian history. Founded in 1968 (as bi-monthly since 1985), it has a wide readership base and acts as an exclusive forum for dissemination of knowledge relating to religion and philosophy with special emphasis on Veerashaiva literature and culture. There are 5,000 subscribers to this magazine.
- Sharana Patha (half yearly)– “Sharana Patha”, a half-yearly journal started in 1988, is devoted to Sharana philisophy, literature, Indian art and culture. Several articles of religious interest written by scholars are published in the journal. It is published in January and July every year. Presently, there are about 3,500 subscribers to the magazine.
- JSS Vartha Patra (Monthly)– JSS News Bulletin is an in-house magazine, which provides information on education projects, innovations and achievements of institutions run by the JSSMVP. It also covers the social issues.
- JSS Book House: In order to reach the publications of Sri Shivarathreeshwara Granthamale and other good titles published by other publishers to the readers, a retail outlet named ‘JSS Book House’ has been started. The book house also supplies notebooks to JSS schools at concessional rates.