The performing arts centre at Tripunithura in Kochi, developed along the lines of the Art centres in Western Countries, will be launched today (Thursday). The inaugural function will be conducted in the evening by lighting of the lampby prominent artistes like Kalamandalam Gopi, Mattannur Sankaran Kutty Marar, Kalamandalam Leelamma, P.K. Narayanan Nambiar, Kavalam Narayana Panicker, Janardhanan Nedungadi and Pokkam Panicker. Rhythm' an aesthetic work by Surya Krishna Murthy will also be performed.
Superstar Mohanlal and Choice group chairman have joined hands to establish this world class Art performance centre at Kochi, named JT PAC (Jose Thomas Performing Art Centre). Mohanlal is the chairman of the centre. Various art forms would be performed in the weekends at 6.30 p.m. There will also be also facility to do study and do research work on art forms. The centre will produce music, dance and drama for the purpose. Shakespeare's The Tempest will be performed with the help of magician Gopinath Muthukad's contributions.
The theatre complex is situated in the Choice School complex at Tripunithura. The theatre with modern sound and light facilities can accommodate 700 persons. Workshops and training sessions would also be conducted at the centre under the guidance of veteran artistes in the week days.
The entry to the theatre would be restricted using ticket. The programmes for six months have been scheduled. Though priority is given to the art forms of Kerala, Indian and Foreign art forms would also be performed. The artistic Director of the centre is the noted Malayalam film director T.K.Rajeev Kumar. Centre would also institute a scholarship for the poor students, who give outstanding performance in the school and college youth festivals.