Janapada Sampada

Emerging from the conceptual plan of the IGNCA, the faculty of Janapada Sampada was established in 1988. It complements the programmes of Kala Kosa, and aims at understanding the Arts in their eco-cultural and socio-economic contexts. Its emphasis is on the oral tradition that orients the literate tradition in reality. Here theory and practice, textual and oral, verbal, visual and kinetic are seen as a semiotic whole, not as items to be aggregated. The Indian terms jana, loka, desa, laukika, maukhika, shastra, prayoga, kshetra, parampara, adi , drsya, sravya serve as key-words for evolving the Janapada Sampada programmes.

The central concern of the faculty is the rich variegated heritage of the rural small-scale societies. In the conventional sense of research discipline it relates to two different fields: anthropology and archaeology, with various sub-disciplines. However, the research methodology used in Janapada Sampada is different from that of the conventional disciplines of humanities and social sciences. The approach is holistic, and a new continuum of shastra and prayoga, textual and oral is being constructed systematically, not historically, in its theoretical premises. Admittedly, it has not yet designed a new theory, but has gathered some thoughts and experiences to construct a new theory.

The faculty has a programmatic character classified as Lifestyle Studies, Multi-media Presentation and Events, and Children’s World, each with a number of subprogrammes. This report outlines the main fields of its research activity, and indicates major achievements of the first ten years.

National Film Award 2014 for IGNCA’s Documentary Film “Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli”

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, receives Rajat Kamal on 3rd May, 2015 in the 62nd National Film Awards 2014 for Best Promotional Film. The Documentary “Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli” was made under the Lok Parampara programme of Janapada Sampada Division. This project comprised extensive study of the crafts and community of Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli in the context of changing time. The duration of the film is 52 minutes. The Producer of the film is Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Director of the film is Shri Ranajit Ray. This prestigious award is under the category of Best Promotional Film (to cover tourism, exports, crafts, industry). The award includes Rajat Kamal Trophy and Rs. 50,000/- each of the Producer and Director.


Inhouse Lectures held


  • Lecture on Living Tradition of Transgender Community: With Special reference to Aravan Cult, Tamil Nadu by Dr. Simon John on 16th November 2011
  • Lecture on Beyond Good and Evil: On the worship of Duryodhana in Kerala by Dr. Sreekala S. on 17th October 2011