Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was established in 1987 as an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts. The Arts' encompass a wide range of subjects - from archaeology and anthropology to the visual and performing arts, enveloping them in a complementary and non-demarcated vision.
IGNCA has a trust (Board
of Trustees), which meets regularly to give general direction about the Centre's work. The Executive
Committee, drawn from among the Trustees, functions under a Chairman. The Committee acts as a link between the Trust and the IGNCA. The Member Secretary is the Executive head of both academic and administrative divisions.
The IGNCA has six functional units – Kala
Nidhi, the multi-form library; Kala
Kosa, devoted mainly to the study and publication of fundamental texts in Indian languages; Janapada
Sampada, engaged in lifestyle studies; Kaladarsana, the executive unit which transforms researches and studies emanating from the IGNCA into visible forms through exhibitions; Cultural
Informatics , which applies technology tools for cultural preservation and propagation; and Sutradhara, the administrative section that acts as a spine supporting and coordinating all the activities.