Brief History

Immediately after the formation of States on linguistic basis, a large number of officers and employees were transferred from Madras Presidency (as it was called then) to Andhra State’s the then capital Kurnool and they subsequently came over to the city of Hyderabad. Until then, patronage for Carnatic music concerts and classical dance performances in the city was very limited. Only one institution – Krishna Gana Sabha, was functioning with limited resources and was organizing music concerts off and on at King Koti area of Hyderabad. Officials from the then Madras Presidency, were keen to witness music concerts, as many of them were connoisseurs of music and were enjoying them at Madras. Thus the need for a Music Sabha was keenly felt by them. It was then that a few art lovers joined together and mooted the idea of an Association for the purpose. Thus was born the SOUTH INDIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION in Hyderabad on 26 May 1959. For some time it was functioning from the residence of one of the office bearers in Hyderbasti, Jeera, Secunderabad.  With the Association taking strong roots and with the help of Sri N Seetharaman, IA & AS , a senior Officer from Accounant General’s office, a room was allotted for the Association at Lal Bahadur Stadium where it is functioning even now. Between 1959 and 1961, due to lack of proper venue for holding the concerts, the Association was conducting its programs in Lady Hyderi  Club, Bashirbagh, SD Hall, Ramkote, Balaji Bhavan open ground, Jamshedji Tata Hall,Secunderabad etc. When the prestigious National Theatre christened as Ravindra Bharathi was constructed in 1961 at Hyderabad, SICA started holding concerts thereat on a regular basis. In fact, it is heartening that SICA’s program was the first program to be held at Ravindra Bharathi after its inauguration.