Kala Nidhi Cultural Archives focuses on the collection, classification and cataloguing of personal collections of scholars/artists who have devoted a lifetime in collecting materials pertaining to their respective areas/fields of interest. It acquires collections under the following six areas and houses them in the six sub-sections of the Archives under the following categorizations-
Audio Visual Library The Cultural Archives also house nearly 2,000 video tapes and 1,500 audio recordings in the form of tapes and spools of the various audio-visual documentation done by IGNCA. The archives also maintain films on research projects taken up by the various divisions of IGNCA. Some of these films such as Yelhou Tagoi by Shri Aribm Shyam Sharma and Wangala of the Garos by Shri Bappa Ray have won National Film Awards.
Access to the Cultural Archives Each collection is organized and maintained as a totality to give an insight into the personality of the collector, which would enable scholars not only to access the material collected, but also to be guided by the special predilections of the individual collectors.
In future, it is hoped that many more personal collections of artists, critics and scholars will find a place in the Cultural Archives of the IGNCA, the first resource pool of its kind in India.
Brief Report with Photogaphs (PDF) on visit by St. Mark Senior Secondary School on 24th March 2015, who were interested in exploring the paintings by Brunners available at the cultural archives of IGNCA, especially the work on ‘Two Pilgrims’.