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Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) (External website that opens in a new window) is a premier national institution engaged in the pursuit of knowledge on arts and culture and in the exploration of relationships of arts and culture with various disciplines of learning and diverse aspects of life. Established in 1985 in the memory of the Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, it is involved in multifarious activities such as research, publication, training, documentation, dissemination and networking and is poised to grow into a large repository of information pertaining to the arts in India. The IGNCA seeks to place the arts within the natural environment by providing a forum for creative and critical dialogue between the diverse arts, between the arts and sciences, between arts and the traditional and current knowledge systems. The IGNCA promotes interaction and understanding between diverse communities, regions, social strata, and between India and other parts of the world.

The IGNCA has been designated as a nodal agency for setting up a National Data Bank on Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage. It has an outstanding reference library, documented material including audio/video material, manuscripts, slides, photographs and artifacts. A major initiative is a Cultural Informatics Lab (CIL), which employs an integrated methodology to develop applications to access diverse media on all fields relating to arts through multimedia and digital technology. Broadly, the major activities of CIL can be classified under three categories of digitisation, web-enabled digital library and CRDROM/DVDROM project.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 19-01-2011