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Indira Gandhi National Centre For Art

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) is an autonomous establishment facilitating research and augmentation of arts. Frequent staging and exhibitions makes it a favorite place for art lovers. The visionary objective of this center encompassed the real experience of variety of arts in their purest form without losing its integrity. The mission of the center includes in-depth study of all art forms within the perspective of common interdependence in relation with the nature, social and cultural structure. Large numbers of tourist frequent the place to enjoy the cultural heritage of India and its art.


The IGNCA was built as a memorial of former Indian Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi and since then, it is being established as a center for research for all types of art models. It is now one of the premium arts organizations in India that is administered by the Union Ministry of Culture. IGNCA was inaugurated on 19th November 1985 by Shri Rajiv Gandhi who was the then Prime Minister of India.

Since its inception, IGNCA has become a renowned name and functions as an autonomous establishment for research, academic studies and dissemination of arts and culture. Not just limited to performing literary art forms but in a broader perspective, arts also encompass a wide range of subjects from anthropology to archeology while covering all in a contemporary manner. In its truest sense, IGNCA fully succeeded in meeting this objective and popularized arts in a better manner as it became a main hub for people having artistic spirit.

IGNCA has six units functioning in the campus as:

  • Kala Nidhi – a multi-disciplinary library.
  • Kala Kosa – working for research and publication of fundamental books in native Indian languages.
  • Janapada Sampada – fully dedicated to different aspect of lifestyle studies.
  • Kaladarsana – Converts the studies and researches into popular visible forms of arts and conducting public exhibitions and stage shows.
  • Cultural Informatics Lab – making use of the advanced technological aspects for preservation of culture and propagation of arts.
  • Sutradhara – the administrative wing, which acts as the brain and spine of the organization and coordination all activities.

IGNCA offers an engaging experience to the visitors from all walks of life and is comprised of variety of fields both in the form of written and oral literature. It also includes visual arts like painting, architecture, sculpturing and graphics to film as well for photography. Many popular art forms like music and dance are also being staged frequently through cultural fests and fairs conducted here that attracts large number of tourists year round. Even though being the setting base for Indian arts and culture, the center also focus on seamless coverage of other cultures and arts from all around the world, searching for the essence of “Unity in Diversity”.

The facilities to be enjoyed by the art lovers, history lovers and researchers at IGNCA are:

  • Facility to conduct in-depth research on different forms of arts and humanities and assistance to publish the reference works, dictionaries, as well as encyclopedias.
  • A forum for public dialogue through frequent exhibitions, conferences, seminars, performances, multi-media presentations about contemporary arts is highly entertaining and fruitful.
  • Frequent staging of different contemporary conventional and modern regional as well as international art forms attracts many artistic souls.

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