Largest Auditorium in India
Sri Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai is the largest
auditorium in India. The hall has an interesting history. In 1943, a few
music oriented minds of Mumbai such as Dr. Iyengar, Rao Saheb, Anantha
Iyer, P R Sundaraja Iyengar, Srinivasa Iyer, S Seshadri and others
joined hands to form a cultural organization called Krishna Gana Sabha.
The Sabha used to organize regular music and dance festivals in Mumbai.
In 1951, the late prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru while
addressing one such gathering at Metro theatre, lamented at the lack of
a large hall in Mumbai. In response to Panditji's call, a number of
prominent music lovers came together and their efforts culminated in the
birth of Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha in September
1952 at the Podar College Hall. In 1964 when the gigantic Shanmukhananda
hall came up in Kings' Circle (Matunga), Pandit Nehru acclaimed the hall
as the biggest in the east of Suez.