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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. 

Film / Video Documentations of IGNCA

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1 KUDIYATTAM Guru Ammanur  Madhav Chakyar Guru 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 Swaminathan  

U-matic 18 hrs (in 5 parts)

2 KUDIYATTAM   Parvati Viraham Performance of Parvati Viraham by Guru Ammanur Chakyar Ms. Saraswati Swaminathan U-matic 2 hrs. 30 min.
3 KUDIYATTAM   Bali Vadham Performance of Bali Vadham by Guru Ammanur Chakyar Ms. Saraswati Swaminathan U-matic 1 hrs. 30 min.
4 ABHINAYA DARPAN  interpreted by Acharaya Parvati Kumar Acharya 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 Swaminathan U-Matic 2 hrs.


5 Abhinaya on the S'lokas of Adhyatma Ramayana A Veteran exponent of the age-old temple dance tradition of Andhra Pradesh, Manikyamma Saride enacts the S`lokas of Adhyatma Ramayana through her powerful `Abhinaya IGNCA  VHS 26min


6 THYAGESAR KURAVANJI by P. R. Thilagam P.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 Saksena U-maitc 1 hr. 40 min.


7 MOHINIATTAM by Kalamandalam kalyanikutty Amma Abinaya of Kalamandalam Kutty Amma a well known Mohiniattam Dancer was video documented by IGNCA, in 1989. Ms. Saraswati Swaminathan U-matic 2hrs. 20 min.


8 GITA GOVINDA, Kalakshetra Choreographed by Rukmani  Arundale Ballet, based on the famous Vaishnavite poet, Jaidev's Gita Govinda, performed by the artists of Kalakshetra. S. Jayanthi U-matic 2hr. 20 min.


9 GITA GOVINDA, in Manipuri Style, choreographed by Guru M. Amubi Singh Guru 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 Sharma U-matic 1hr. 30 min.


10 Old Gurus of NAT-SANKIRTANA of Manipuri A documentation on the leading Old Gurus of Nat-sankirtana tradition of Manipur. Aribam Syam Sharma U-matic 3hrs.


11 Guru 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 Swaminathan  

U-matic 1hr.45min.

12 LBT Ramayana


Ramayana 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 Swaminathan U-matic 1hr.45min.


13 Documentation 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.Radhakrishnan U-matic 7 episodes of apprx. 28min. each


14 JALTARANGAM by A.S.Ganesan Jaltarangam recital by the well known exponent, Sh. A.S. Ganesan. P.S.Sakuntala  (Production)   O.S.Arun  (Post Production) U-matic 52min.



15 Documentation on T.Brinda A 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 audio Ranganayki Ayyengar formats.U-matic  1hr.45min.


16 Documentation on SANTOKBA Santokba 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 Saksena Betacam 25min.



16a Documentation on SANTOKBA Gujarati Version Parthiv Shah
17 Naad Nagar Na Ujaro Documentary film on Padmashri `Asgari Bai Begam' a doyen of Indian Classical Vocal Music and the first lady Dhrupad singer of India. Shyam Sharma U-matic 70min.


18 Ek Thi Gulab Documentary 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 Raghava Betacam  1hr.16min.


19 Moments and Memories Documentary 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 Joshi U-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 Ray 16mm  50min.


2 Chum dances of Lamas A 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 Swaminathan U-matic 5 hrs.


3 Buddhist   Consecration Ceremony The Buddhist Consecration ceremony, with an exclusive interview with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Gopal Saksena U-matic   1hr.(apprx.)


4 Yelhou Jagoi Documentary on dance of Lai Haroba, an annual ritual festival of Meiti people of Manipur. (National film award winner). Sh.Aribam Shyam Sharma 35mm  film 35min.
5 Lai-Haroba A 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 Sharma 16mm  film   1hr.20min.


6 Debi Dhummel In 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 Sharma U-matic 25min.


7 Nabakalebra Documentary 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 Misra Betacam  50min.


8 Documentation on Gaddis Documentary 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)


9 Documentation on Nanda Devi Festival Documentation 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)


10 Gotipua Documentary of the Gotipua dance by the boys dressed as girls in the Orissa temples. Gulbahar Singh 16mm. 30min.


11 Sacred world of TODAS Featuring 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 Ray Betacam 55min.


12 Thangta Based on extensive interviews and demonstrations by with some eminent Gurus, associated with this highly traditional martial art- form of Manipur. Aribam Syam Sharma 35mm film 27 Mts.


13 Songs and dances of Bhils Based 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 Patel U-matic 1hr.30min.


14 Hemis festival Documentation on the Hemis festival held in the monastries of Ladakh. Beta 35min.
15 Tabo Chos Khor A 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 Joshi Betacam 1hr.


16 Dev Narayan ki Katha Narration 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)




1 Redefining the Arts A 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 Kaul U-matic 1hr.


2 A documentation on the exhibition `Kala'- a multi media presentation Documentary on IGNCA's exhibition on the concept of TIME, as interpreted and interlaced in Indian thoughts. Bappa Ray Beta 27min.


3 Kham-exhibition on space A film on IGNCA exhibition on space and its relationship with man. Sashi Kumar (PTI-TV) U-matic 1hr


4 `AKARA': Exhibition on Calligraphy A 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-Studio U-matic  3hrs. (Approx.)


5 BHRAMARGEET Depicting 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 Saksena U-matic  2.30hrs.




1 Soz or Salaam A 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.


2 Bidesia Bidesia, 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. Rajan U-matic  2hrs. Abridged version 30min.


3 Maharas Documentary of the Maharas Performed in Manipur. Aribam Shyam Sharma VHS 40min.


4 Gopi Bhatt Ka Tamasha Tamasha 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 Saksena Beta  3hrs.


5 Reading of poems by Dr.Kathleen Raine A selection of poems, presented by Dr.Kathleen Raine the famous English poetess. IGNCA  U-matic  1hr.


6 The winning of Friends Panchitantra Video recording of a ballet by Ranga Sri Ballet troupe, Bhopal performed at Delhi. IGNCA  VHS  29min.


7 Karkha '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 Sultan Umatic 25 min.
8 Pandavani Documentation 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 Ashi Beta 1hr
9 Murals 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
10 Mudiyettu Mudiyettu is a traditiona, an ancient, ritualistic performing art form of Kerala. N. Radhakrishnan Umatic 24 hrs.
11 Natsankirtana To the Manipuri Vaishnavas, Sankartana is a form of worship and prayer, associated closely with the life of the people. Aribam Shyam Sharma

Betacam 17hrs.


12 Temple instrument of Kerala Details of music instruments used in Guruvayur temple. R. Sarath Betacam 1hr.
13 Chadar Badar Chadar 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 Dwivedi 16 mm  24 min.


1 Interview with Sh. Amrit Rai by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. 10min. Edited
2 Interview with Pt. Pran Nathjee by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. 12min. Edited
3 Interview with Prof. Ann Maire Schimmel by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Unedited
4 Interview with Prof. Vidhya Niwas Mishra by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Unedited
5 Interview with Sh. Raja Rao by Dr. Kapila Vatsysyan 1 hr. Edited
6 Interview with Sh. Krishna Dev by M. C. Joshi 1 hr. Unedited
7 Interview with Km. Shelja by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 11 min. Edited
8 Interview with Dr. (Mrs.) Prem Lata Sharma by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. 20 min. Edited
9 Interview with Prof. Frits Stall by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Unedited
10 Interview with Dr. B. N. Goswami by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 40 min. Unedited
11 Interview with Prof. Maxwell by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Unedited
12 Interview with Sh. Bhisma Sahani by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 30 Mts. Edited
13 Interview with Sh. Upendra Nath Asha by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Final Recording VHS
14 Interview of Prabhat Ganguli by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
15 Interview with Dr. Kathleen Raine by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
16 Interview of Damyanti Joshi by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
17 Interview of B. C. Sanyal by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. 20 min. Edited
18 Interview of Sitara Devi by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
19 Interview of Zohra Segal by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
20 Interview of Sh. K. S. Karanth by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan 1 hr. Edited
21 Interview of Prof. M. Yano by Prof. Tan Chung 40 min. Edited
22 Interview of Dr. Mulk Raj Anand by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

1 hr. 40mts. Unedited

23 Interview of Sumati Mutatkar by Shanoo Khurana 1 hr. 40 mts. Unedited.



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