Organization - Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)
Basic Information
English Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA)
Local language
Country India
Category An autonomous body under Government of India
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1987
  • To serve as a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and visual source materials;
  • To undertake research and publication programmes of reference works, glossaries, dictionaries and encyclopedia concerning the arts and the humanities;
  • To establish a tribal and folk arts repository with a core collection for conducting systematic;
  • To provide a forum for a creative and critical dialogue through performances, exhibitions, multi-media projections, conferences, seminars and workshops between and amongst the diverse arts, traditional and contemporary;
  • To foster dialogue between arts and current ideas in philosophy, science and technology, with a view toward bridging the gap in intellectual understanding between modern sciences and arts and culture;
  • To evolve models of research programmes and arts administration more pertinent to the Indian ethos;
  • To elucidate the formative and dynamic factors in the complex web of interactions between diverse social strata, communities and regions;
  • To promote a network with national and international institutionsl;
  • To conduct related research in the arts, humanities and culture.

Indra Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is a premier National Resource Centre, set up by the Government of India in 1987. Over the last two decades, the Centre has emerged as one of the largest national repositories for knowledge in the field of arts and culture. National Cultural Audio-Visual Archives of the IGNCA is the first ISO: 16363:2012 certified trusted digital archives of the world.

The IGNCA has nine functional units:

Kalanidhi- multimedia cultural resource hub and reference library

KalakoshL- devote mainly to the study and publication of fundamental texts related to Indian arts

Janapada Sampada- engaged in the study of living traditions and community lifestyle

Kala Darsana- the Division, which transforms researches and studies emanating from the IGNACA into visible forms through exhibitions

Cultural Information Laboratory (CIL)- which applices technological tools for cultural preservation and propagation

Rock Art- deals with the prehistoric rock arts style, expressing man’s creativity across time and space and civilizations and cultures through the perception of the sight.

Conservation Unit specializes in the areas of preventive conservation, conservation training, conservation of books, manuscripts, painting, and objects (metal, wooden objects, ethnographic objects, etc)

Media centre- Media centre has evolved into a major repository of audio/visual documentation encompassing all the arts, creativity and culture enveloping a Pan-Indian theme.

Sutradhara- the administrative section that acts as a spine supporting and coordinating all the activities. IGNCA has several Regional Centres across the country in Varanasi, Bangalore, Guwahati, Ranchi, Srinagar, Goa, Vdodara, Pondicherry, and Thrissur.

Major Activities

The IGNCA’s academic activities revolved around textual studies, field studies is actively involved in research, documentation, preservation, revitalization and dissemination of India’s Cultural Heritage, textual and oral, plastic and kinetic, verbal and visual, through its publications, International and National seminars, conferences, workshops, thematic exhibitions, lecture series, ethnographic films.

It provides platform for staining of performances and interaction, teaching, training, capacity building, conservation and digital archives are also a part of its charter.

Special PG Diploma courses such as: Cultural Information(PGDCI), Preventive Conservation (PGDPC), Buddhist Studies(PGDBS) are also conducted in the institution. The Centre is also constantly engaged in exploring, studying, and reviving the dialogues between India and its neighbours in area pertaining to the arts and between communities in India and the world sharing a similar worldview.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi-110 001
Tel 011 2338 8105, 01123388016
Fax 23388280

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