Relocated IGNCA likely to be inaugurated on April 19

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), which is being shifted from its present location on Janpath to make way for the construction of new secretariat buildings, is likely to be inaugurated at its new location in Janpath Hotel on April 19, according to Culture Ministry officials.

The shifting of the IGNCA began on March 8 and would take two months to be completed, said IGNCA member secretary Sachidanand Joshi. “We are taking extra care in shifting, looking at the sensitivity of our objects and archives. We hope that IGNCA would be functional by June 1,” he said.

The IGNCA will function out of Janpath Hotel temporarily, while its new campus at Jamnagar House is being constructed.

An official of the Culture Ministry said the inauguration ceremony at the new location was being planned for April 19, which would be attended by Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri.

Another official added that the “formal ceremony” would be on April 19, but the relocated IGNCA would open to the public later on. The Janpath Hotel has been renovated by the Central Public Works Department, which will be constructing the new campus as well.

As part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, three of the proposed 10 secretariat buildings will be constructed at the current site of the IGNCA.

“Design of the first three buildings of the Central Secretariat, to come up on the plot which presently houses the IGNCA, is being detailed,” the CPWD’s consultant for the Central Vista project, HCP Design, Planning and Management, said in a written response to The Hindu.

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