Media Centre
Audiovisual Documentation

Audio-visual Research documentation
Post production for creating documentaries and documentations
Media Centre Library

Audio-visual support services to all Divisions for research events

B. D. Garga collection

Unesco Recognition

Since the inception of IGNCA, it was envisioned that the Centre would develop into a huge digital repository in future.

Quarter century back Media Centre started as a small Unit with VHS camera and few recording systems. However, with time the Media Centre has evolved into a major repository of audio/visual documentation encompassing all the arts, creativity and culture enveloping a Pan-Indian theme.

Media Centre has created its documentations in various formats namely in VHS, U-matic, low-band, high-band, Beta and present digital format. To salvage huge old material, Media Centre has upgraded the format into DVCAM format and this digital format is available for public access, no matter the original format players are almost obsolete today. So Media Center has taken care of preserving the culture of audio/visual documentation with changing times.

Media Centre has been endeavouring to do audio/visual research documentation and archiving them for prosperity and implementing worldwide dissemination as well. The major work of Media Centre is:

  • Audio/visual documentation in field and in Media Centre studio.

  • Media Centre Library holds around 10000 hours of audio/visual material mostly in digital format today. The major work of Media Centre Library is to allow preservation of audio/visual material and facilitating post production for new documentaries which are being created constantly.Media Centre Library has limited Listening and viewing counter for research access to scholars. Media Centre Library holds all the documentaries published in DVD format and facilitates creation of new DVDs.

  • Post production: Media Centre is not limiting itself to just documenting and archiving rather it has developed a new role to edit the footage and create long documentations also to create documentaries and small films for new media for mass dissemination.

  • Media Centre outreach: Media Centre is organizing regular film shows, screened twice in a month in the Media Centre auditorium and constantly create programmes for DD-Bharati outreach. DVD publication is a major outreach activity of IGNCA. Till date around 110 documentaries are available in DVD format for worldwide scholars. Apart from regular film shows, Media Centre also engages itself in academic collaboration for joint screening of films in various Institutions and even curating film festivals out of IGNCA collections.

  • Collections: IGNCA has acquired BD Garga collection in the field of history of Indian cinema, which includes photographs, posters, books, Lobby cards, negatives of early times.

Film Shows

Film & Video Documentation

Film & Video Acquired

List of digitized material available in Media Centre in DVD format

View Video Clips

Published DVDs

Detail of Video Clips played during the Exhibition of Audio Visual Archives

Audio-visual exhibition on the occasion of 25 years of IGNCA

Audio-visual Research documentation:

Audio/visual research documentation is the mandate of Media Centre. It is manned by in-house team, works on research themes of IGNCA, does recee, preliminary research and also undertakes field research while documenting and identify experts for their contextual sound bytes and finally creating documentations and then documentaries.

IGNCA is fully equipped to undertake documentation projects in the field. 

Apart from field documentations, IGNCA’s Media Centre does documentations with multi camera set up in the Studio. These documentations are limited to small group performances, interviews etc.

Current documentations : IGNCA has done a huge documentation on Ramnagar Ramlila.

Post production for creating documentaries and documentations:

Media Centre has complete in-house facility under one roof to document all aspects of audio/visual requirement and also undertake post-production of all the material for creating archival documentation and also for churning out documentaries. Media Centre has three Edit Suites, which work constantly for the purpose of post-production for DD-Bharati outreach and editing and processing all the in-house documentations, which happen round the year.

Media Centre Library

Media Centre Library houses around 10000 hours of audio/visual documentation consisting of both tangible and intangible documentations. Media Centre Library works as a repository of (a) audio/visual documentation; (b) it facilitates post-production of documentations and documentaries; (c) it provides access to audio/visual material to scholars on requests; and (d) DVD publications and its facilities are part of Media Centre Library’s work mandate.


Outreach is major endeavour of Media Centre. Out of huge documentations, Media Centre is constantly editing and creating documentaries. These documentaries/documentations are regularly transmitted in DD-Bharati since 2002.

The major documentaries are published in the shape of DVDs for worldwide research dissemination. Around 110 DVDs have also been published and another 25 are in offing.

Screening of films/documentaries is regularly done at IGNCA’s Media Centre auditorium twice a month. Apart from this under institutional collaboration, IGNCA also curates film festivals meant for students from schools and colleges.

For scholars, Media Centre is providing access to its edited documentaries and research documentations through two of its Listening and Viewing Counters installed at Media Centre Library.

Audio-visual support services to all Divisions for research events

Media Centre facilitates all programmes of IGNCA on the score of audio/visual facilitation providing right from documentation through digital videography and providing audio system for seminars, workshops, talks etc., apart from audio-visual display services. All the IGNCA events/activities are comprehensively documented by Media Centre round the year.

B. D. Garga collection

IGNCA has acquired a huge collection of rare photographs, Negatives, Lobby cards, handbills, posters, books from Shri B.D.Garga in 2010 and these are housed in Media Centre. Some of the major collections are:

(a) Acquired Material

1. Photographs 1990
2. Negatives 656
3. Lobby Cards 207
4. Handbills 120
5. Books Magazines 435
6. Posters 62
7. Booklets 428
8. Photographs used in
in book by B.D.Garga 716

(b) Apart from the collection the following material donated by B.D.Garga with the collection

1. Books 40
2. Magazines 659
3. Catalogues 66
4. Posters 76
5. Booklets 66 copies of one booklet
6. Certificate 2
7. Maps 3
8. Slides 3
9. Slides 53
10. Photographs 182
11. Greeting Cards 28
12. One Blank reel film 1
13. Editing Tools 2
14. Negatives 17 Strips

Unesco Recognition

Media Centre’s in-house team has been instrumental in creating audio-visual documentation on oral tradition of Veda and Ramlila tradition in India including Ramnagar’s one month long Ramlila which got UNESCO recognition as world’s intangible heritage.

Ramman, the folk tradition of Uttarakhand has also bagged the intangible tag under UNESCO’s world heritage. All these were created by IGNCA’s small and dedicated team of professionals.


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for more details contact
Dr. Gautam Chatterjee
Controller (Media Centre)
Phone: 2338 8815 (O)

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