Bengaluru Regional Centre

The Southern Regional Centre was established in 2001 at Bangalore. This was primarily with a view to expand research activities in South India. The suggestion to start SRC came up during a brainstorming session at Delhi and was later approved by the Executive Committee. The move received a boost by the active support and initiative of the former Hon. Union Minister Sri Ananth Kumar and former Hon. Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri S.M. Krishna.

The foundation of SRC building on ten-acre land provided by the authorities of the Bangalore University was laid and the Bhoomi Pooja took place on Oct.15, 2002.

The Southern Regional centre is a nodal centre for study, research and dissemination of the arts and culture, with particular focus on South India.

Through research, publication, training, creative activities and performances, the IGNCA SRC seeks to place the arts within the context of the natural and human environment.

The Southern Regional Centre is devoted to cross-cultural exchanges and various developments in the field of art and culture of India in general and the south India in particular. The centre has taken up several research projects and academic activities.

Activities at Southern Regional Centre (SRC)

Some of the projects and activities undertaken by SRC include:

  • Temple Traditions and festivals at the shrine of Melukote.
  • Art Experience and the Theory of Rasa-Dhwani-Aauchitya-Vakrokti
  • Cultural confluence in South India- with reference to 10th to 13th Centuries.
  • Temple traditions of South India- Sri Vaishnavism,Saiva, Sakta, Vaishnava and Jaina.
  • Monographs on Temple Architecture of South India.
  • Documentation of Mural paintings of South India.
  • Comparative study of different schools of Bharatanatyam
  • Documentation of engraved line drawings of Nadakalasi.
  • Digital documentation of Ganjifa cards, Ragamala
  • Publication of art of Avadhana, Seminars on Yakshagana,Pandarika Vittalotsava, Lectures by scholars.
  • Documentation of Adipatti Nayanmar rituals of the Nagapattinam fisher community
  • Documentation of Aptoryama Soma Yaga in Trissur
  • Documentation of Mahamastakabhisheka in Sravana Belagola.
  • Gamaka and Vachana renderings.
  • Vanishing folk songs and traditions.
Shri Mahendra D, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts 
(Autonomous Trust), Ministry of Culture, govt. of India, 
Southern Regional Centre
Kengunte Circle, Mallathahalli, Jnanabharati Post
Bengaluru - 560056

Phone: +91 80 23212320; Telefax: +91 80 23212356
e-mail:,,, ignca[dot]rcb[at]

Working Hours- 09.00 am to 5.30 pm. Monday to Friday except on public holidays.