President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Monday to coincide with the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said as India stands at the threshold of substantive economic progress and scientific development, the role of culture as a balancing factor between progress and the inner needs of an individual, between his spiritual quest and material aspirations, between technological advancement and the need to maintain ecological parity cannot be over-emphasised.

Institutions like IGNCA constantly need to discover and re-invent new ways of establishing a creative and meaningful dialogue among different stakeholders and adding cultural dimensions to the development debate, he said. “While recognising the stellar contribution of IGNCA over the years, the President said the President’s Secretariat is presently collaborating with IGNCA for undertaking a multi-volume project on various aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan’s archaeological history, its making, its art and cultural artefacts,” said an official of the President’s Secretariat.