New SGI Culture Centers Open in Chennai, Bengaluru, India
Two new Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) culture centers opened in the southern Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru on October 7.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this port city is a major political, economic, and cultural center in South India. BSG's Chennai center in Anna Nagar in northwest Chennai can accommodate nearly 170 people in its main hall and is equipped with a small meeting room and office. The center's opening ceremony was attended by national and local SGI representatives, including members from the neighboring state of Kerala.
Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka and India's third most populous city, ranked among the world’s top ten locations for entrepreneurs. BSG's Bengaluru center is located in Jayanagar, a commercial and residential area in the southern part of the city.
The center's opening was the culmination of three years of planning, as local SGI members explored various issues, including the commute time for members, the pace of the city's expansion, connectivity to the venue, and the safety of the area where the center would be located.
BSG has three other culture centers (two in Delhi and one in Gurgaon) in the country, with a sixth culture center likely to be opened in Mumbai shortly.
[Adapted from an article in the December 2012, issue of Value Creation, BSG; photos courtesy of BSG]