The Kasthuri Sreenivasan Culture Centre
The Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery
Kasthuri Sreenivasan Textile Museum

About Us

The Kasthuri Sreenivasan Culture Centre (established by the Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust) was conceptualised and built by Mr. Kasthuri Sreenivasan, one of India’s renowned textile technologists and among the few well-established bilingual writers of his time. The centre is home to an aesthetically designed art gallery that showcases work by both established and upcoming artists and a textile museum that elucidates the evolution of the textile industry in India. An amphitheatre for recitals and performances lends the centre a unique space in Coimbatore’s cultural landscape.

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Our Founder

Kasthuri Sreenivasan (1917-1991) was among India’s most well-known textile technologists and industrial sociologists in the decades that followed the country’s independence. He was born on 12th May, 1917 and spent his formative childhood years in Karadibavi, a hamlet on the outskirts of Coimbatore.

Following an undergraduate degree in Physics from Presidency College, Chennai, he pursued a Masters Programme in Textile Technology at the College of Technology, Manchester, England. He spent eight years in England and came back to India in 1944. He briefly worked with the family-owned textile mill, Kasthuri Mills before he took up the position as Founder Director of South India Textile Research Association (SITRA).

As an institution builder he fostered an environment of scientific enquiry, applied research and successfully implemented several processes to document quality control in the spinning industry. In time, SITRA also became a comprehensive solutions provider to the Spinning, knitting and powerloom sectors. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1969.

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Promotion of Literature

A biannual cash prize has been instituted, to be known as “Thirumathi Rangammal Prize” named after the mother of the Founder Trustee. It is being awarded for the best Tamil novel published in India. An unusual feature of this Award is that the prize is shared between the author and the publisher. We had the pleasure of witnessing Thirumathi Rangammal present the prize for the first year in 1983, on her hundredth birthday. This award is conferred on Tamil writers, every alternate year.

Auditorium

Fully air conditioned auditorium which can hold 220 seats and equipped with modern P.A System. Best auditorium for organising meeting, workshop and cultural activities etc...

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New Events

  • 17th Jun - 2017

    Shri Kasthuri Sreenivasan Birth Centenary Celebration – Inaugural Function

    Shri Kasthuri Sreenivasan Birth Centenary Celebration – Inaugural Function on June 17th 2017 at 10.00am at SITRA Auditorium.