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'IGNCA plays a significant role in preserving dying art and culture'

IGNCA plays a significant role in preserving dying art and culture

Union Minister of State(Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel took part in the 32nd Foundation Day Celebrations at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts as the chief guest, in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Patel said that IGNCA has great significance for it plays the role of preserving the dying forms of art and culture. "He further spoke about cultural heritage and river Narmada.

The minister also released 20 new books and 6 DVDs on this occasion. The function was attended by Joint Secretary(culture), Nirupama Kotru, DG National Gallery of Modern Art, Adwait Gadnayak and member secretory IGNCA, Dr Sachchidanad Joshi among others.

On the occasion, two important exhibitions were also organised. First is an exhibition based on Mahatma Gandhi showcasing oil paintings of Elizabeth Sass Brunner and her daughter Elizabeth Brunner. The paintings were made between 1932 to 1961.

Another photo exhibition is of DRD Wadia and Shambhu Shah who has photographed many life aspects of Mahatma.

The artshow is focused on Teeji festival – an important event of the Mustang region of Nepal and Tibet.

IGNCA is celebrating its Foundation day with week long series of programs which consist of classical music performances, seminars, workshops, film festivals, exhibitions and book releases. There is also a discussion on the thirteenth-century dance genre Nritiyawali and the recital of the rare instrument Sundari.

This is not all as an over-night classical music program is also in line.

Artists trained in Carnatic style singing will enthrall the audience. Instrumental performance of violin, tabla, Pakhawaj, Mridang, Ghatam, sitar and flute will also be performed.

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