In news- The Culture Ministry recently inaugurated the new premises of the IGNCA at the refurbished Janpath Hotel, as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project. Other cultural institutes in the wider Central Vista redevelopment zone are the National Museum and the National Archives.
About Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)-
- The IGNCA was built in the late 1980s after an international jury comprising British architect James Sterling and India’s B V Doshi picked American architect Ralph Lerner’s design.
- It was inaugurated in November 1985 by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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,
- To conduct related research in the arts, humanities and culture.
Five different divisions which represent its principles under IGNCA
- The Asvattha- It is associated with the SUTRADHARA
- The Nyagrodha–It is associated with the landscaping of JANAPADA SAMPADA
- The Asoka- It is associated with KALANIDHI
- The Arjuna- It is associated with KALAKOSA
- The Kadamba- It is associated with KALADARSHANA
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.
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