Vedic Heritage Portal to be inaugurated on 23rdMarch during IGNCA’S Foundation Celebration by Home Minister Amit Shah
18th March, New Delhi.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is going to celebrate its 36th Foundation Day from 19th to 24th of March during which different cultural programs, discussion and classical performances would take place. Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA informed that Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah will inaugurate the Vedic Heritage Portal. On this occasion Minister of Culture Shri G. Kishan Reddy will also be present. This portal will not only help researchers to develop a deeper understanding about our Vedic knowledge tradition, but also help common people to have a general understanding about the Vedas. Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi further reiterated that Vedas and Indian Knowledge system is not static but contemporary. He also informed that IGNCA is working on a project “Vrihattar Bharat” where in the cultural linkages of India with 40 other countries is being worked upon. Some of the countries of this project are South East Asian Nations like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia and others.
The foundation day celebrations will start on 19th March at 11 Am with an International Photo Exhibition. In this photo exhibition people of different nationalities have captured their own experiences of “Tiranga Yatra” (Indian Flags Journey) in their camera with their own perspectives. On 22nd of March a seminar would be held on “Copyright issues concerning Traditional Knowledge Resources, with special reference of Manuscripts. On the same day in an event there will be book launch cum discussion on the book “Urja Yukt Jal” by Dr. Chaitanya Aggarwal and and Dr. Meena Aggarwal.
On last day of the celebrations that is on 24th March there will be lecture on “Vedic and Indus Valley Civilisation” which will be given by Prof. Sitaram Dubey. In this 6 days long event, famous artists of the country will perform their art every evening, which includes dance, singing, musical instruments etc.
About Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
India is a dynamic civilization. Many ancient civilizations of the world are now just a part of history, but India as a civilization has been dynamic for centuries. Its most important reason is the culture philosophy and the arts of India. The Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, an autonomous institution of the Union Ministry of Culture, is doing a very important job of preserving, promoting and bringing the same vibrant culture, art and philosophy to the people.
In 1987, a seed of conservation of art culture was sown in the country’s capital New Delhi in the form of IGNCA, which has become a huge tree in its lifetime of just three and a half decades. Its branches are spread from New Delhi to different cities of the country. Its fragrance is spreading in India as well as abroad. IGNCA was started with five divisions. Kala Nidhi, Kala Kosh, Kala Darshan, Janpad Sampada and Sutradhar and as a symbol of all these divisions, five trees were planted. With the passage of time the scope of work of IGNCA expanded and many new divisions came into existence. The Cultural Informatics Laboratory (CIL) was established in 1994 as a multimedia research centre.
The ‘Media Centre’ was started about two and a half decades ago. Today the ‘Media Centre’ has become a vast repository of audio-visual documentation. Media Center is also successfully doing the work of taking the activities of IGNCA to the people through various news mediums and social media. Among the senses which experience beauty, there are two main senses – visual and audio. Adi-Drishya-form is an important part of ‘Adi Drishya’ program. The objectives of the ‘Adi Drishya’ Division are – Documentation of rock art sites, their environment and the communities living around them; to investigate concrete cases of conservation, preservation and management of rock art caves and rock shelters.
The Conservation Division of IGNCA was formed in 2003. This division has expertise in conservation, conservation training, conservation of books, manuscripts, painting and objects (metal, wooden objects and ethnographic objects etc.)
Bharat Vidya Prayojana (BVP) was started in 2017. It was established with the objective of studying ‘Indology’ from a holistic Indian perspective. The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) was established in February 2003 by the Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is a unique project, which undertakes to explore and preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India. NMM is working towards fulfilling its motto “Preserving the past for the future”.
Apart from these divisions, 9 regional centers of IGNCA are also contributing significantly in enriching the art and culture of the country. IGNCA’s Varanasi, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Ranchi, Puducherry, Thrissur, Goa, Vadodara and Srinagar centres are continuously working to preserve, promote and bring to the public the local art culture. Programs of national importance are organized at these centres. IGNCA is working to expand its dimensions with the passing time. IGNCA has started many new projects and programs in the last few years.