To promote art and culture among marginalised children from across the country, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is hosting a six-day film-cum-educational festival at National Bal Bhawan (NBB) here beginning Tuesday.

Every year, children from Kendriya Vidyalaya and other government schools participate in a month-long summer camp at NBB to learn and interact with their fellow students. They perform magic shows, demonstrate their drawing skills and also dabble in puppetry.

As a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and visual source materials, IGNCA conducts workshops for children, undertakes research and publishes dictionaries and encyclopaedias. This year it has invited students to teach them about our country’s ancient heritage. Films commissioned by the organisation will be screened during the festival.

“Every day, 500 students will get to watch films which highlight our country’s rich heritage. In six days, 3,000 students will watch these films. After the screening is over, our story-teller will explain certain aspects of the film and question students in order to learn how much they have understood,” an IGNCA official said.