Media Centre is the core sector for all the audio video documentation of all the research activities of all the divisions of the Centre and positions itself for a global multi-mode outreach. It has several thousand hours of audio visual material and over last half a decade transmitted some 200 hours of programme software through DD networks. The unit has well equipped linear and non-linear edit suite, skilled manpower. An auditorium, a bigger studio and well equipped audio-video library with viewing and listening counters are in making.

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1KUDIYATTAM Guru Ammanur  Madhav ChakyarGuru Ammanur Madhav Chakyar is the last surviving exponent of Kutiyattam. The documentation includes demonstrations by the Guru and three Veshams - 'Ashokavankankam' (5 hrs) `Subhadradhananjayam'  (5 hrs), and `Toranayuddham' (6 hrs), together with basic kriyas.Ms. Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 18 hrs (in 5 parts)
2KUDIYATTAM   Parvati VirahamPerformance of Parvati Viraham by Guru Ammanur ChakyarMs. Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 2 hrs. 30 min.
3KUDIYATTAM   Bali VadhamPerformance of Bali Vadham by Guru Ammanur ChakyarMs. Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 1 hrs. 30 min.
4ABHINAYA DARPAN  interpreted by Acharaya Parvati KumarAcharya Parvati Kumar, a renowned Guru, has interpreted the text of Nandikesvara's 'Abhinaya Darpana', a seminal text book on dance, slokas from the text have been performed by the Guru's disciple.Ms. Saraswati SwaminathanU-Matic 2 hrs.
5Abhinaya on the S'lokas of Adhyatma RamayanaA Veteran exponent of the age-old temple dance tradition of Andhra Pradesh, Manikyamma Saride enacts the S`lokas of Adhyatma Ramayana through her powerful `AbhinayaIGNCA VHS 26min
6THYAGESAR KURAVANJI by P. R. ThilagamP.R.Thilagam, a well-known exponent of Thyagesar drama, dedicated to Lord Thyagaraja of Tiruvarur, has been documented by IGNCA. Thilagam, Now 73, belongs to the family of Tiruvarur temple musicians and is the grand daughter of Smt.Kamalambal who was the last performer of Thyagaraja Kuravanji at the Tiruvarur Temple.Gopal SaksenaU-maitc 1 hr. 40 min.
7MOHINIATTAM by Kalamandalam kalyanikutty AmmaAbinaya of Kalamandalam Kutty Amma a well known Mohiniattam Dancer was video documented by IGNCA, in 1989.Ms. Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 2hrs. 20 min.
8GITA GOVINDA, Kalakshetra Choreographed by Rukmani  ArundaleBallet, based on the famous Vaishnavite poet, Jaidev's Gita Govinda, performed by the artists of Kalakshetra.S. JayanthiU-matic 2hr. 20 min.
9GITA GOVINDA, in Manipuri Style, choreographed by Guru M. Amubi SinghGuru Amubi Singh, a well known teacher of Manipuri classical dance, was instrumental in keeping the torch of Manipuri dance alight. He choreographed Jaidev's great work, Gita-Govinda in a dance drama form in Manipuri Classical style, presented by the artistes of Manipuri Jagoi Marup troupe.Aribam Syam SharmaU-matic 1hr. 30 min.
10Old Gurus of NAT-SANKIRTANA of ManipuriA documentation on the leading Old Gurus of Nat-sankirtana tradition of Manipur.Aribam Syam SharmaU-matic 3hrs.
11Guru Subbaraya Pillai's Bharatanatyam (Pandanallur style)Documentation of Guru S.Pillai with lecture - demonstration by his disciple, Alarmel Valli, a well-known dancer.Ms.Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 1hr.45min.
12LBT RamayanaRamayana performed in a unique style where actors move, dance and behave like puppets to enact the legendary any characters and story of the great epic. The film is a tribute to late Shanti Bardhan who choreographed this popular experimental ballet.Ms.Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 1hr.45min.
13Documentation on `KATHAKALI'`Kathakali', a classical dance form of India, has an age old tradition. The film includes intensive training and teaching techniques of some renowned Gurus of Kathakali.N.RadhakrishnanU-matic 7 episodes of apprx. 28min. each
14JALTARANGAM by A.S.GanesanJaltarangam recital by the well known exponent, Sh. A.S. Ganesan.P.S.Sakuntala  (Production)   O.S.Arun  (Post Production)U-matic 52min.
15Documentation on T.BrindaA legendary name in her own right, Sangita-Kala Nidhi T.Brinda belongs to Dhanammal family of musicians. Now past 80, IGNCA, has recorded some of her performances in both video and audioRanganayki Ayyengarformats.U-matic  1hr.45min.
16Documentation on SANTOKBASantokba Dudhat showed the flowering of her genius as an artist by painting the entire epics of `Ramayana' and `Mahabharata' on huge scrolls of cloth. She had no formal training or even primary school education and yet became a rare phenomenon of our times.Gopal SaksenaBetacam 25min.
16aDocumentation on SANTOKBAGujarati VersionParthiv Shah
17Naad Nagar Na UjaroDocumentary film on Padmashri `Asgari Bai Begam' a doyen of Indian Classical Vocal Music and the first lady Dhrupad singer of India.Shyam SharmaU-matic 70min.
18Ek Thi GulabDocumentary on the Padmasri receipent, Late Gulab Bai the renowned Nautanki artist. The shooting of the film was completed just one week before Gulab Bai expired in Kanpur.Krishna RaghavaBetacam  1hr.16min.
19Moments and MemoriesDocumentary on the famous Hungarian painter Ms.Elizabeth Brunner who spent her life in India and now over 90 with excerpts of interview session by stalwarts like Dr.Kapila Vatsyayan and Prof. B.C. Sanyal.Usha JoshiU-matic  30min.


1* Wangala, a film on a Garo festival A highly research based film, projecting the sociological background and cultural splendour of the Garo tribe, with special reference to their festival, Wangala which reflects their life-style. (won the National Film Award for 1992)Bappa Ray16mm  50min.
2Chum dances of LamasA combination of religious worship and artistic expressions of the Buddhist Lamas The participants belong to Lamas Tashihumpha Monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka.Ms.Saraswati SwaminathanU-matic 5 hrs.
3Buddhist   Consecration CeremonyThe Buddhist Consecration ceremony, with an exclusive interview with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.Gopal SaksenaU-matic   1hr.(apprx.)
4Yelhou JagoiDocumentary on dance of Lai Haroba, an annual ritual festival of Meiti people of Manipur. (National film award winner).Sh.Aribam Shyam Sharma35mm  film 35min.
5Lai-HarobaA research-based documentation on perhaps the oldest and most important folk art-form of Manipur, called Lai-Haraoba, meaning the dance of Gods.Sh.Aribam Shyam Sharma16mm  film   1hr.20min.
6Debi DhummelIn Manipuri, Debi Dhummel is a comprehensive performance on the pung, the traditional drum of Manipur. These compositions are presented by a number of pung players (generally 14) during the festival of Durga Puja.Shri Arbam Syam SharmaU-matic 25min.
7NabakalebraDocumentary on the complete ritual of the renewal of wood out of which the Jagannath Puri dieties are carved out. This ritual is performed once in 19 years.Prithviraj MisraBetacam  50min.
8Documentation on GaddisDocumentary on the life style of Gaddis community of Shepherds of Himachal Pradesh who migrate from one place to another in search of the green pastures for their sheep.IGNCA U-matic  24hrs. (Unedited)
9Documentation on Nanda Devi FestivalDocumentation on the Nanda Devi festival celebrated in Almora in the month of Bhadrapada to mark the advent of Nanda Devi from Garwal to Almora.IGNCA U-matic  18hrs. (Unedited)
10GotipuaDocumentary of the Gotipua dance by the boys dressed as girls in the Orissa temples.Gulbahar Singh16mm. 30min.
11Sacred world of TODASFeaturing the life style of Toda community of the Nilgiri Hills. This film looks through the eyes of a Toda family, their surrounding and interaction with other Todas, and their daily life which revolves around buffaloes.Bappa RayBetacam 55min.
12ThangtaBased on extensive interviews and demonstrations by with some eminent Gurus, associated with this highly traditional martial art- form of Manipur.Aribam Syam Sharma35mm film 27 Mts.
13Songs and dances of BhilsBased on the festivals and festivities of Dungri Bhils of Gujarat in different seasons of the year. In order to capture local colour, flavour and essence, the recordings have been made in remote areas.Bhagwandas PatelU-matic 1hr.30min.
14Hemis festivalDocumentation on the Hemis festival held in the monastries of Ladakh.Beta 35min.
15Tabo Chos KhorA film on Tabo chos Khor, the thousand year old institutions of Buddhist traditions, which is not merely a temple but also a place where faith moved beyond rituals to study the essence of nature.Usha JoshiBetacam 1hr.
16Dev Narayan ki KathaNarration of the story of Devanarayan, a form of Visnu by performers from Rajasthan infront of a `phad' painting. This performance was performed the whole night in the premises of IGNCA.IGNCA Beta (unedited)


1Redefining the ArtsA documentary on the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) which serves as The country's major resource centre for the arts, especially, written, oral and visual forms. It is an introduction to the multifarous activities, concept, achievements and future plans of the institution.Arun KaulU-matic 1hr.
2A documentation on the exhibition `Kala'- a multi media presentationDocumentary on IGNCA's exhibition on the concept of TIME, as interpreted and interlaced in Indian thoughts.Bappa RayBeta 27min.
3Kham-exhibition on spaceA film on IGNCA exhibition on space and its relationship with man.Sashi Kumar (PTI-TV)U-matic 1hr
4`AKARA': Exhibition on CalligraphyA film on IGNCA's exhibition on form. The importance of calligraphy as a literary art-form and its contribution has been emphasised to express Akara or form.Jain-StudioU-matic  3hrs. (Approx.)
5BHRAMARGEETDepicting the `Viyoga' (separation) of the `gopis' after Lord Krishna's departure from Vrindavan to Mathura, and experiences of Uddhava, an emissary of Lord Krishna, following his interaction with the love lorn `gopis'. It is devised by Dr.Prem Lata Sharma, with dance performance by Dr.Ranjana Srivastava.Gopal SaksenaU-matic  2.30hrs.


1Soz or SalaamA lesser known art form, this is a form of religious music, the theme of which is the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Set to the tunes based on Hindustan ragas it is performed in majlis or gatherings in the Imambaras of Amroha. This film is a documentation of a performance held in Delhi.IGNCA U-matic 41min.
2BidesiaBidesia, the popular folk theatre form of Bihar is slowly getting extinct, because of the death of its creator Bhikari Thakur. The film presents excerpts of `Bidesia' plays.RajanU-matic  2hrs. Abridged version 30min.
3MaharasDocumentary of the Maharas Performed in Manipur.Aribam Shyam SharmaVHS 40min.
4Gopi Bhatt Ka TamashaTamasha is a folk theatre form of Rajasthan, known for its classical bandish Gopi Bhatt is the senior most member of Bhatt family who dedicated his life to this theatre form which was started by his ancestors.Gopal SaksenaBeta  3hrs.
5Reading of poems by Dr.Kathleen RaineA selection of poems, presented by Dr.Kathleen Raine the famous English poetess.IGNCA U-matic  1hr.
6The winning of Friends PanchitantraVideo recording of a ballet by Ranga Sri Ballet troupe, Bhopal performed at Delhi.IGNCA VHS  29min.
7Karkha'Karkha' an ancient form of music is still sung at th Durgah of Khwaja Moin-uddin Chisti at Ajmer in praise of the divine saint.Khalid SultanUmatic 25 min.
8PandavaniDocumentation of 'Pandavani', a Solo performance of the narration, miming and enactmene of the tales of Mahabharata. The film depicts two main styles of this form and it's artists one of which is the famous Teejan Bai.Manohar AshiBeta 1hr
9Murals of Kerala (to be completed)The tradition of mural paintings is still a living art in Kerala. It's history dates back to pre-historic times. the film explores the importance and major themes of the murals viz Siva, Mohini-Siva, Parvati, Radha Krsna and Visnu.S. Sarath
10MudiyettuMudiyettu is a traditiona, an ancient, ritualistic performing art form of Kerala.N. RadhakrishnanUmatic 24 hrs.
11NatsankirtanaTo the Manipuri Vaishnavas, Sankartana is a form of worship and prayer, associated closely with the life of the people.Aribam Shyam SharmaBetacam 17hrs.
12Temple instrument of KeralaDetails of music instruments used in Guruvayur temple.R. SarathBetacam 1hr.
13Chadar BadarChadar Badar is a unique form of puppetry of the Santhal's. The movements of the puppets remain the same whatever the song be. This monotony is compensated by accompanists who dance and sing and an intense dramatic ambience is created.Ravi Kant Dwivedi16 mm  24 min.


1Interview with Sh. Amrit Rai by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. 10min. Edited
2Interview with Pt. Pran Nathjee by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayanpresentation1 hr. 12min. Edited
3Interview with Prof. Ann Maire Schimmel by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Unedited
4Interview with Prof. Vidhya Niwas Mishra by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Unedited
5Interview with Sh. Raja Rao by Dr. Kapila Vatsysyan1 hr. Edited
6Interview with Sh. Krishna Dev by M. C. Joshi1 hr. Unedited
7Interview with Km. Shelja by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan11 min. Edited
8Interview with Dr. (Mrs.) Prem Lata Sharma by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. 20 min. Edited
9Interview with Prof. Frits Stall by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Unedited
10Interview with Dr. B. N. Goswami by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan40 min. Unedited
11Interview with Prof. Maxwell by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Unedited
12Interview with Sh. Bhisma Sahani by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan30 Mts. Edited
13Interview with Sh. Upendra Nath Asha by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Final Recording VHS
14Interview of Prabhat Ganguli by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Edited
15Interview with Dr. Kathleen Raine by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Edited
16Interview of Damyanti Joshi by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Edited
17Interview of B. C. Sanyal by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. 20 min. Edited
18Interview of Sitara Devi by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
19Interview of Zohra Segal by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Edited
20Interview of Sh. K. S. Karanth by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. Edited
21Interview of Prof. M. Yano by Prof. Tan Chung 40 min. Edited
22Interview of Dr. Mulk Raj Anand by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan1 hr. 40 min. Edited
23Interview of Sumati Mutatkar by Shanoo Khurana1 hr. 40 min. Edited

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