The Vigyan Bhawan at Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi has a special place in history as this where Shri Nathji choose to celebrate the first World Prayer Day. Shri Nathji and HH Priya Nath booked the famed conference hall of India, Vigyan Bhavan, at New Delhi 1984, for the World Prayer Day Celebrations. The photograph above is of the same function.
Vigyan Bhavan is a premier convention centre of Government of India in New Delhi. Built in 1956, over the years it has been the venue of conferences of national and international stature, seminars and award ceremonies attended by distinguished world leaders and dignitaries, including Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1983, 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), March 7–12, 1983 and SAARC Summit. It is managed by the Directorate of Estates, under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.
It only holds National-level functions and conferences, and functions where either the President, Vice President or the Prime Minister of India are present. It also holds various award ceremonies, including the annual National Film Awards.
The main building was designed in 1955 by R.I. Gehlote of Central Public Works Department (CPWD), incorporating elements of British Raj architecture, evident in the nearby buildings of the Central Secretariat and of Lutyens' Delhi along with Hindu and Mughal architecture, as well as ancient Buddhist architecture, especially the chaitya arches of Ajanta Caves. The overall style of the building remains modernistic with revivalist elements.
The main feature of the complex is the Plenary hall, with a seating capacity of over 1200 delegates, besides it has six smaller halls with capacities ranging from over 65 delegates to over 375 delegates. The building also has a VIP Lounge, the Office block for on-site offices, secretariat and a documentation centre, a Studio, a Business centre and an Exhibition hall.
Presently the F&B services at 'The Atrium' at the centre are managed by the Ashok Group of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)