This collection comprises of books on religion and
philosophy in Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu and some audio recordings on
This collection contains silent films and audio
tapes on the sermons and other religious functions of Jagad Guru Kamakoti
Sankaracharya. It also includes photographs, slides, negatives, albums and
This collection comprises of Warli paintings, well -known folk art of
Maharashtra, that are made on cloth as well as paper.
Rock Arts Scale Reproductions
IGNCA had acquired the scale reproductions of the rock art of Bhimbetka,
Uttarakhand, Jhiri and Kerala from Dr Yashodhar Mathpal, a scholar who has
done extensive research on the subject. The paintings were made by the
scholar inside the rock art caves in extremely difficult and challenging
This small collection of Bastar art contains figurines and object d’art
typical of the region and made by local artists.
This collection has puppets from 17 countries as well as a documentation of
puppet shows of certain countries like China, Tibet and India.
Marie Theresa Dutta Collection
A series of audio recordings of the famous Kumaoni ballad, Rajula Malushahi,
sung and performed in the Uttaranchal area even today.
Musical Instruments Collection
A collection of some musical instruments, mainly of the Santhal tradition.
The collection also includes the ”Banam,” now almost obsolete in terms of
S. G. Tewari Collection
Collection of black and white negatives of Jawaharlal Nehru and of other
leaders gifted by Shri S G Tewari.
Saraswati Mahal Slide Collection
A collection of slides on Mahabharata paintings to be found in the Saraswati
Mahal Library, as documented for IGNCA by Shri VAK Rajamani.
Balan Nambiar Collection
This collection contains colour slides on the ritual dances of Kerala
inclusive of costumes, characters, and occasions of the ritual performance
as documented by Shri Balan Nambiar.
Benoy K . Behl Collection
Extensive photographic documentation of the Bṛhadīśvara Temple, its
architecture and daily rituals as documented by Shri Behl.
Shambhunath Mitra Collection
This collection is a photo documentation of the lives, places and people of
the North Eastern Frontier of India, done by Shri S. N Mitra, from 1940
onwards. A civil engineer by profession, Shri Mitra documented the lifestyle
and customs of the people and photographed the difficult terrain, rugged
mountains and meandering streams and rivers of the terrain.
Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan Collection
Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Founder Trustee IGNCA, Ex MP Rajya Sabha and Trustee
IGNCA donated her art collection to the Cultural Archives which has a wide
range of cultural material including audio recordings and photographs of her
life time research work and of her journey as an artist, scholar and Head of
several institutions including IGNCA.