September 16, 2007

The Indra Gandhi National Centre for the Arts - IGNCA

The site says:
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was established in 1987 as an autonomous institution under the Department of Culture, and envisioned as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts. ‘The Arts’ as a wide spectrum, encompassing subjects from archaeology to dance and anthropology to the photographic art, 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 stated on the site that it has six functional units viz Kalanidhi, Kalakosa, Janapada Sampada, Kaladarsana, Cultural Informatics Lab, and Sutradhara. Apart from that, there is Digital Library in addition to Kalanidhi which is also library sources. Further, there is a link to Newsletter which in itself is storehouse of culture and heritage of India. One can find many reports on different festivals, rites and folk’s faith practices.

The site also has given links to some saleable items which are about the heritage and cultural activities of India. Then there are resources for learning Hindi. It contains links to additional sites.

I am exploring this site from time to time. I have found that it is one such online source on India which can be explored by the researchers interested in South Asian history. It contradicts my repeated groaning that there are very few and restricted online resources on internet. That is other thing, that while giving links to other sources, it has given links to the online activities of other countries, a thing which should have taken place in India also.

I hope those interested in research in South Asian History will not be disappointed as they would get many leads as well raw data ready for processing for their different questions.

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