12 Aug 2019

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts2 min read

Source: Press Information Bureau

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

Aims and Objectives 

  • 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 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 institutions; and
  • To conduct related research in the arts, humanities and culture

Five different divisions which represent its principles under IGNCA


  1. The Asvattha- It is associated with the SUTRADHARA
  2. The NyagrodhaIt is associated with the landscaping of JANAPADA SAMPADA .
  3. The Asoka- It is associated with KALANIDHI .
  4. The Arjuna- It is associated with KALAKOSA
  5. The Kadamba- It is associated with KALADARSHANA




  • 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

How it works?

  • 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

Preserving Indian culture and working with UNDP 

  • Recognizing the need to encompass and preserve the distributed fragments of Indian art and culture, a pioneering attempt has been made by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) to serve as a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and visual materials. 
  • One of the programmes of this centre, in collaboration with UNDP, is to utilize multimedia computer technology to create a wide variety of software packages that communicate cultural information. Multimedia technology allows the user to interact and explore the subject in a non-linear mode by combining audio, text, graphics, animation and video on a computer

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