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12 Jul 2010

Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts, New Delhi

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, established in memory of Smt. Indira Gandhi, is visualised as a centre encompassing the study and experience of all the arts -- each form with its own integrity, yet within a dimension of mutual interdependence, interrelated with nature, social structure and cosmology.

This view of the arts, integrated with, and essential to the larger matrix of human culture, is predicated upon Smt. Gandhi's recognition of the role of the arts as essential to the integral quality of person, at home with himself and society. It partakes of the holistic worldview so powerfully articulated throughout Indian tradition, and emphasized by modern Indian leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Rabindranath Tagore.

The arts are here understood to comprise the fields of creative and critical literature, written and oral; the visual arts, ranging from architecture, sculpture, painting and graphics to general material culture, photography and film; the performing arts of music, dance and theatre in their broadest connotation; and all else in fairs, festivals and lifestyle that has an artistic dimension. In its initial stages the Centre will focus attention on India; it will later expand its horizons to other civilizations and cultures. Through diverse programmes of research, publication, training, creative activities and performance, the IGNCA seeks to place the arts within the context of the natural and human environment. The fundamental approach of the Centre is all its work will be both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary.


  • 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 encyclopaedia concerning the arts and the humanities;

  • to establish a tribal and folk arts division with a core collection for conducting systematic scientific studies and for live presentations.

  • 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 promote a network with national and international institutions; and

  • to conduct related research in the arts, humanities and culture.

The IGNCA has six functional units:

  1. Kala Nidhi, the multi-form library;

  2. Kala Kosa, devoted mainly to the study and publication of fundamental texts in Indian languages;

  3. Janapada Sampada, engaged in lifestyle studies;

  4. Kaladarsana, the executive unit which transforms researches and studies emanating from the IGNCA into visible forms through exhibitions;

  5. Cultural Informatics , which applies technology tools for cultural preservation and propagation;

  6. Sutradhara, the administrative section that acts as a spine supporting and coordinating all the activities.

The Member Secretary is the Executive head of both academic and administrative divisions. The IGNCA has a trust (Board of Trustees), which meets regularly to give general direction about the Centre's work. The Executive Committee, drawn from among the Trustees, functions under a Chairman. The Committee acts as a link between the Trust and the IGNCA.

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