Art lover and the pioneer of the multiplex revolution in Gujarat, Ashok Purohit, passed away this morning (21st September, 2021) after a prolonged illness at his Gandhinagar residence. He was 78.
An architect by qualification, Ashok Purohit set up the City Pulse multiplex in Ahmedabad in the early 2000s to usher in the concept of multiplexes in Gujarat.
In line with this tilt towards performing arts, he later set up City Pulse in Gandhinagar, which went beyond a traditional multiplex to emerge as a center where filmmakers and artists interacted with the audience.
Ashok Purohit’s house adjacent to the Gandhinagar campus used to be abuzz with a steady flow of noted dancers, singers, and performers, many of who became close friends.
He also founded the City Pulse Institute of Film and Television in Gandhinagar which became the first institute in India to offer a bachelor’s degree course in acting and master’s degree courses in film direction, scriptwriting, cinematography, etc.
Ashok Purohit is survived by two daughters.
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