IGNCA in its mandate has ‘Bal Jagat’ as
one of the significant programmes of the institution. Activities like
puppet shows, art workshops, music workshops, film festivals, cultural
performances and story-telling sessions are organized at IGNCA or in
schools and other venues regularly.
IGNCA has been hosting different kinds of
workshops/events for young learners. In 2014, workshops were held on
music, folk painting, photography, Kathak dance, shadow puppetry. A
camp was organised on puppetry making and performance from Nagaland;
similarly, folk art workshop was arranged for school children on
Madhubani painting. In 2015, a mega event on ‘Kathakar-International
Storytellers Festival was held to entice the younger generation with
classic tales from all around the world. Since last year, emphasis is
also being laid on the mission of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to teach
younger population, the significance of cleanliness and a clean nation
through such events.
In recent years, one of the most
significant activities in Bal Jagat programme has been the puppet show
on the ‘Life of Swami Vivekananda’. The show organized in
collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal of
Udaipur was presented in several schools in and around Delhi and also
abroad. It carried the message of Swami Vivekanada to the young.
Students from schools and colleges from
rural / urban regions are invited by the IGNCA to attend these
educational events. The institution plays a perfect host and provides
transport, tool kit, refreshments to its participants so as to give
them a congenial environment for learning. Indeed, such programmes not
only add to their education but also act as an inspiration to preserve
many dying forms of Indian art and culture.
Through such endeavors, IGNCA is aiming to preserve rich Indian
cultural heritage and keep it alive for generations to come.