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In 1992 IGNCA instituted a series of Memorial Lectures in honour of renowned scholars who have done singular service and made path-breaking contributions in different fields of study, and whose academic approach and directions are direct relevance to the conceptual base of the Centre.  In these lectures, eminent scholars are invited to speak on various topics.

This Memorial lecture were instituted by Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Memorial Nyas

Acharya' Hazari Prasad Dwivedi (August 19, 1907 – May 19, 1979) was a Hindi novelist, literary historian, essayist, critic and scholar. He penned numerous novels, collections of essays, historical research on medieval religious movements of India especially Kabir and Natha Yoga, and historical outlines of Hindi literature. Besides Hindi, he was master of many languages including Sanskrit, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati as well as Pali, Prakrit, and Apabhramsa. His work on medieval saint Kabir is considered a masterpiece, and is a thoroughly researched analysis of Kabir's thought, works, and teachings. His Historical Novels Banbhatta Ki Atmakatha (1946), Anamdas Ka Potha, Punarnava, Charu-chandra-Lekha are considered classics. His memorable essays are Nakhoon Kyon Barhte Hain (Why do the nails grow), Ashok ke phool, Kutaj, and Alok Parva (Collection).

Steeped in traditional knowledge of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit, and modern Indian languages, Dr. Dwivedi was destined to be the great bridge maker between the past and the present. As a student of Sanskrit, steeped in the Sastras, he gave a new evaluation to Sahitya-sastra and he can rightly be considered as a great commentator on the textual tradition of the Indian literature.

He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1957) for his contribution to Hindi literature, and the Sahitya Akademi Award (1973) for his collection of essays, 'Alok Parva'.

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 4th November 1992 History, Mythology and Literature Vidya Niwas Mishra
02 19th August 1993 One upon three and Indian culture H E Prof. Maria Kristopher Byrsky
03 19th August 1994 The 11th Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Memorial Lecture was organized at IGNCA
Language Perspective and Indianness

source: Vol. II No. 2 July - September 1994 (IGNCA Newsletter Vihangama)

Ilapavuluri Panduranga Rao
04 19th August 1995 Commitment and the Writer's Crisis Amrit Rai
05 13th August 1996 Cultural Community and State Ashish Banerjee
06 19th August 1998 Kabirs Anguish Namvar Singh
07 19th August 2001 18th Acharya Hazari Prasad Memorial Lecture in collaboration with the Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Smriti Nyas, was organised on the topic “Acharya Dwivedi Ka Nij Prativaad” . Shri Prabhash Joshi, the well known Hindi Journalist was the Chairman on the occasion. Vishwanath Tripathi
08 25th September 2002 A Panel discussion on Acharya Hazari Prasad ka Kavi Roop : Ek Paricarca was organised in the memory of Acharya Hazari Prasad in collaboration with Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Smriti Nyas. Namvar Singh, Vishwanath Tripathi and Ashok Vajpeyi
09 19th August 2003 This year’s Acharya Hazari Prasad Memorial Lecture was organised on the theme Social Awareness of Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi and chaired by Shri Janardan Dwivedi. Kamleshwar
10 19th August 2004 Dwivedi aur Sahitya ki Rishi Parampara Prabash Joshi
11 19th August 2005 23rd Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Memorial Lecture in collaboration with Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Smriti Nyas was organised on the topic Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi : Itihaas, Parampara aur Adhunikta. Prof. Indra Nath Choudhuri, Academic Director, IGNCA & Former Secretary, Sahitya Akademi chaired the lecture. Satya Mitra Dubey, a well known sociaologist from the North East
12 19th August 2006 24th annual Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Memorial Lecture was organised on the topic “Parampara aur Adhunikta". Dr. L.M. Singhvi presided over the lecture. Nirmala Jain
13 19th August 2007 A Panel discussion was organised in the memory of Acharya Hazari Prasad in collaboration with Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Smriti Nyas. Dr. Namvar Singh chaired the discussion. Shri Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, President, IGNCA presided over the deliberation. Vishwanath Tripathi, Shri Nityanand Tiwari and Rajnarayan Bisarya
14 19th August 2011 Dr. Hazari Prasad Dwivedi: Jayayatra Ka Path

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Vishwanath Tripathi


15 19th August 2013 Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Memorial Lecture  
at 4:30PM to 5:30PM
Venue: Lecture Hall, 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
Dr. Radha Vallabh Tripathi
16 20th August, 2014 Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Annual Memorial Lecture on “Friendship of Literature & Arts

Venue: IGNCA Lecture Room, 11, Mansingh Road New Delhi
Time: 4.30 p.m.

Shri Yatindra Mishra, famous poet & critic of Hindi Literature.

19th August 2015

Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Annual Memorial Lecture on Sahitya ka Swadharma

Venue : Lecture room, 11, Mansingh Road
Time : 4.00pm

Contact No. 23388333

Prof. Viswanath Prasad Tiwari, renowned scholar of Hindi literature and President , Sahitya Akademi.
18 19th August 2016 Acharya Hazari Prasad Memorial Lecture on Bhakti Sahitya ki Sampadan Kala

Venue : IGNCA Lecture Room, 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
Time : 4.00pm

Prof. Nand Kishore Pandey     
Prof. I.N.Choudhuri will chair the session.


21st August 2017

Hazari Prasad Memorial Lecture on Hindi: Kuch Vaad, Kuch Vivaad aur Shesh Sanvaad

Venue: Auditorium, C V Mess, New Delhi 110001
Time: 04:30PM

Contact No. 23388333



Prof Sudhish Pachauri, Ex Vice Chancellor, Delhi University




Nirmal Kumar Bose (1901-1972), one of India's greatest sons, a humanist, a Gandhian and a radical anthropologist of whom social reconstruction was more important than building sociological theories - was a carry over of the nineteenth century Renaissance in Bengal. He was a great mind, a great visionary who was never confined to the conventional boundary of an academic discipline, be it anthropology, geography, geology, prehistory, archaeology, and even gandhiology (if that term may be used). Professor Bose used anthropology of demonstrate India's unity in the diversity of cultures. He possessed in his heart a precious thing - the love for his countrymen - that was much greater than his passion for anthropology. Historians of world anthropology are aware of Bose's pioneer thinking and his original contribution to the concept of culture. But, regretably and not so regretably. Bose could not pursue it further, because in his judgement something else was more important. That was India's national Freedom Movement. He preferred to remain in the prison rather than in the luxury of intellectual pursuit.

This Memorial Lecture Series was initiated in honour of eminent Anthropologist, great Humanist and Gandhian, Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose, who used anthropology to demonstrate India’s unity in the diversity of cultures :

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 1993
  1. The Heritage of Nirmal Kumar Bose
  2. Indian Civilization: Structure and Change

Prof. N.K. Bose Memorial Lecture: On two consecutive days, 28 and 29 October 1993, Prof. Surajit Sinha spoke on Indian Civilization, Structure and Change. An eminent anthropologist and former vice-chancellor, Visva Bharati in Calcutta, Prof. Sinha is the author of several books and papers, including two books on Dr. Nirmal Kumar Bose himself. In the first lecture, Dr. Sinha spoke on Bose’s involvement in anthropological research and in exploring the creative power of Indian civilization. The second lecture was devoted to a reappraisal on the structure and transformation of Indian Civilization from the speaker’s point of view. The nature of continuity and change in the context of national integration and nation building came up for detailed treatment in the deliberations.

Surajit Chandra Sinha
02 1996
  1. Gandhi's Impact on Bose's Scholarship
  2. Rabindranath and Gandhi: Response to Indian Reality
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya
03 1997
  1. Professor Nirmal Kumar Bose and his Contribution to the Studies on Indian temple Architecture
  2. The Prathistha-laksanasamuccaya and the Medieval Architecture of Kalinga

source: Vol. V 1997 (IGNCA Newsletter Vihangama)

M. A. Dhaky
04 2000
  1. Prof Bose on the Adivasi of India
  2. Gods of the Tharus of the Himalayan Tarai
T. N. Pandey
05 2002
  1. Nirmal Kumar Bose and Field Research: The North-East Indian Experience
  2. Social Formation and Ethnic Identities in North - East India: A Preliminary Statement
A. C. Bhagbati
06 2006
  1. Understanding Tribal Transformation in India
  2. Integration of the Tribes in the Indian Society: A View from Orissa
Lakshman Kumar Mahapatra
07 21st October and 22nd October 2013 Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose Memorial Lecture

21st October - Anthropological Survey of India and Nirmal Kumar Bose.

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22nd October - Rupkund Human Remains: A Mystery Yet Unresolved.

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Venue: Lecture Hall, 11, Man Singh Road, IGNCA, New Delhi.
Time: 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.


Prof. R.S. Negi, Founder Director – Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal and Former Professor, Department of Anthropology, H.N.B. Garhwal, University, Srinagar

Chair : Prof. R.K. Jain

08 21st January 2016

VIIIth Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose memorial lecture by Prof. P K Misra

Venue : IGNCA Lecture Room , 11, Man Singh Road, New Delhi

Contact No. : 23388016




Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee (1890-1977) a philologist of international repute and a litterateur of very high order, studied and researched in Indo-European Linguistics, Origin and Development of Bengali Language, Slav and Austro-Asian linguistics in London University, UK and Sorbonne University in France. he obtained the degree of D. Litt. of the London University. He knew at least three dozens of languages, ancient and modern, Indian and foreign. Besides his eminence as a linguist, he was a specialist of Bengali Literature, tribal culture of Indian, art and culture of Asia. A prolific writer in English, Bengali and Hindi, some of his well known works are: origin and Development of Bengali language (in English), Bangla Bhashatattver Bhumika (in Bengali), Bharat Sanskriti Kirata Janakriti and Aryabhasa aur Hindi (in Hindi). He accompanies Rabindranath Tagore to the Far Eastern countries and recorded his experiences of the great cultural heritage of the area in his delightful work in Bengali Dvipamay Bharat.

Prof. Chatterjee also held many important positions. he became the National professor in 1964. He was appointed Chairman of the Sanskrit Commission, constituted by the Government of India in 1956. In that capacity he compiled a Report which is both a literature and a history. He was also the President of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Calcutta during 1961 and the President of the Sahitya Akademi, 1968-1972. Prof. Chatterjee was legend of his time because of his encyclopedic knowledge, a photographic memory and avid curiosity about human civilization.

The Memorial Lecture has been introduced in honour of this eminent philologist and connoisseur of art.

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 1994
  1. Perception of Language and Linguistics
  2. A Socio-Linguistic view of Multilingualism in India

source:  Vol. I No. 2 January - March 1994   (IGNCA News Letter Vihangama )

S. K. Verma
02 1996
  1. Origin and Development : A Critique of Origin and Development of Bengali Language
  2. Comparative Reconstruction in Linguistics
Debi Prasanna Pattanayak
03 1998
  1. Indo European Linguistics
  2. Origin and Development of the Linguistic Thoughts and Ideas of the Indo-European People
S. R. Banerjee
04 2002
  1. The Concept of Language : Culture and Loka in Indian Tradition and their Interrelationship
  2. Bhasa and Sanskriti as Processes and Loka as Process
Vidya Niwas Mishra
05 2008
  1. Suniti Kumar : In Search of Metaphor
  2. Suniti-Satakam: On Policy, Perspectives and Pluralism
Uday Narayan Singh
06 2011
  1. Medieval Indian Legacy
  2. LInguistic and Literary
Indra Nath Choudhuri
07 2013 Modes of Address and Reference in Sanskrit Drama and Dramaturgy: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. on 23rd Sep. 2013 Prof. C. Rajendran, Sr. Professor, Calicut University, Kerala
08 10th March 2015 Public Lecture on Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee's work & his monumental collection in the IGNCA by Prof. Sugata Bose. 

Venue : Auditorium, IGNCA, C V Mess, Janpath New Delhi- 110001   Time : 4.30pm  Contact No. : 23388333

by Prof. Sugata Bose

Prof. Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University, USA , is speaking on Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee's work and his monumental collection in the IGNCA. Prof. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee had been a multidisciplinary scholar, philologist, a connoisseur of art and a confluence of world culture. Prof. Bose has studied at Presidency , Kolkata and Cambridge and then taught and worked in the United States since the mid 1980s. He is also a Member of India's Parliament from the Jadavpur Constituency in West Bengal.

09 16th November 2015


Memorial Lecture - Suniti Kumar Chatterjee

Venue: Lecture Room, Kalanidhi Building, 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
Time: 03:00PM

by Prof. Probal Dasgupta. Chairperson Prof. Indra Nath Chaudhuri



Thakur Jaideva Singh (1893–1986) was, a renowned musicologist and connoisseur of classical music, a dedicated teacher, Sanskrit Pandit, great scholar of Indian Philosophy and exponent of Kashmir Saivism and last but not the least an “institution in himself”. He became a lecturer of Philosophy and English in the D.A.V. College, Kanpur in 1945, and then was appointed Principal of Yuvarajadutta College, Lakhimpur–Khiri. As the Chief Producer in All India Radio (1956-1962) he made significant contribution for the upliftment of classical music through this media.

Thakur Jaiyadeva Singh wrote many books, important among which are Kabir Vanmay in three volumes (editing and commentary) and English translations of Pratyabhijnahridaya, Buddhist concept of Nirvana, A Brief History of Indian Music, Vigyanabhairava and Shiva sutra.

In 1973 he was appointed the Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1974 as a mark of recognition of his outstanding scholarship. He was awarded the honorary D.Litt. Degree by the Banaras Hindu University and Kanpur University. Recipient of several awards and honours like the “Sangeet Vchaspati’ of the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya, Khairagarh, Sarngdeva Fellowship of Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Bombay, etc.

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 2012 Contribution of Thakur Jaideva Singh in Indian Musical World

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 Urmila Sharma



V. S. Wakankar (4th May, 1919 - 3rd April, 1988) Dr. Vishnu Shridhar Wakankar was born on 4th May 1919 at Neemuch, a town in the Malwa region of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. His distinguished academic career earned him the title of ‘Pitamaha’ of Rock Art studies in India. From 1954 onwards, he carried out extensive field work on rock art in India and abroad - Europe, North America and the Middle East. In India, it is estimated that he discovered and documented some 4,000 decorated shelters. In 1957, he discovered the Bhimbetka rock art site which was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1970. He was awarded with numerous prestigious awards including Padamshri, in the year 1975, which in one of India’s highest cilvilian honours by Government of India. He held important positions in various academic institutes and was involved in numerous archaeological surveys; he explored the ravines of the Chambal and Narmada rivers, as well as tracing the basin of the now-dried-up Saraswati river, said to hold secrets of the Indian civilization. He carried out archaeological excavations at various sites in India and abroad.

Dr. Wakankar was also an expert in the field of numismatics and epigraphy. He collected and studied over 5,500 coins ranging from 5th Century B. C. onwards. The collection is now part of the Wakankar Shodh Sansthan. Moreover, he studied numerous inscriptions dated from the 2nd Century BC in Sanskrit, Prakrit and Brahmi. He had published 6 books and over 400 research papers. He established the Wakankar Indological Cultural Research Trust in Ujjain, India. Today Wakankar Shodh Sansthan hosts a collection of over 7500 sketches of rock art paintings sketched by Dr. Wakankar himself. *This Memorial Lecture Series is initiated in honour of an eminent Archaeologist, great Humanist and Gandhian, Dr. V. S. Wakankar, who was the pioneer of rock art studies in India..

S. No. Year Topic Speaker
01 3rd April 2017

First V. S. Wakankar Memorial Lecture

Dr. G. B. Deglurkar




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