Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Southern Regional centre, Kengunte Circle, Mallatahalli, Near Ambedkar College, jnanabharathi Post. Bangalore- 56.
Ph 23212320/56The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was established in 1987 as an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts. The Arts’ encompass a wide range of subjects – from archaeology and anthropology to the visual and performing arts, enveloping them in a complementary and non-demarcated vision. In its functioning, the IGNCA has met its mandate and continues to work in this direction. It 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. It partakes of the holistic worldview so powerfully articulated throughout Indian tradition, and emphasized by modern Indian leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Rabindranath Tagore. 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 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. The IGNCA has six functional units – Kala Nidhi, the multi-form library; Kala Kosa, devoted mainly to the study and publication of fundamental texts in Indian languages;Janapada Sampada, engaged in lifestyle studies; Kaladarsana, the executive unit which transforms researches and studies emanating from the IGNCA into visible forms through exhibitions; Cultural Informatics Lab, which applies technology tools for cultural preservation and propagation; and Sutradhara, the administrative section that acts as a spine supporting and coordinating all the activities. The IGNCA has a trust (Board of Trustees), which meets regularly to give general direction about the Centre’s work.. REGIONAL CENTRES • The IGNCA has a Southern Regional Centre (SRC) headquartered in Bangaluru. Its establishment in 2001 was aimed at intensifying the Centre’s studies on the southern region’s art and cultural heritage • The Centre’s office in Varanasi is an extension of the Kalakosa Division. This office gives academic input and support of Indological and Sanskrit studies of Kalakosa. • The North East centre is based in Guwahati. Its main task is to collaborate in programmes relating to the culture-rich communities in this region. The Southern Regional Centre was established in 2001 at Bangalore. This was primarily with a view to expand research activities in South India.. The foundation of SRC building on ten-acre land provided by the authorities of the Bangalore University was laid on Oct. 15, 2002. The Southern Regional Centre is devoted to cross-cultural exchanges, and various development in the field of art and culture of India in general and the south India in particular. The centre has initiated research projects and academic activities. Activities at SRC To a large extent, the SRC will maintain special emphasis on the contributions of Southern India to the field of arts and culture. SRC has so far documented important cultural festivals like mahamastakaabhisheka in Sravana belagola, Gamaka , Vachana renderings, Folk songs, besiding conductiong seminar on arts and culttre of south India. One of its major achievements is the conduct of Sculptors’ Workshops involving traditional sculptors and traditional silpa texts. The sculptures created in three such workshops, strictly based on Kasyapa Silpa, are housed now in th4 SRC museum. Well known art- historian Prof S Setter is Hon. Director for this centre now. Library The high- tech Library of SRCis located in an expansive hall with carefully thought out sitting and reading facilities. The present collection consists of 6900 books (mostly relating to arts, literature and culture). There is also a journal and news paper section . The IGNCA , New Delhi will be soon strengthening this library by forwarding all the duplicate books in its possession. There is a library budget of Rs. Three lakhs and it is likely to be increased after the formal inauguration. Books donated by Prof. Srinivasa Raju and others number 3500. Books in Kannada language find a special place. Library automation is in progress, bar- coding and labeling is under progress. Books will be arranged according to Subject and Language and made easily accessible to the readers within a month.. IGNCA Research Scholars, University Students and Faculty and Other Research Scholars in the area of Arts and Culture are our main users. Regular library operation will start once the automation is done. Desk top Computers are provided for catalogue search and internet access. Photo Copy and Scanning facility are also made available. Inter Library Reference / Loan facility is being worked out. The Family of Prof Sri Srinivasaraju has donated all his important and rare collection made during his life time. Nearly 3500 titles cover art, litreature, culture etc.). These will be made available to Research Scholars, University Students and others from Monday 27th Aug 2012. Prof U R Ananthamurthy will inaugurate the library on 27 8-2012 at 11 A. M. and . Smt Saraswathi N Raju will be the chief guest. Prof S Setter Hon Director of SRC will preside over the function. ]]>