Delhi will soon get a huge performing arts centre to host national and international artists, as the Union Ministry of Culture has given its nod to set up a National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in the national capital, reported The Indian Express. The first premier NCPA is at Mumbai’s Nariman Point and the second centre has been proposed in Thiruvananthapuram. Now, the ministry has issued directives to come up with another centre in Delhi aiming to provide a space for cultural activities. According to sources, the centre is said to outshine even international performing art centres. Here is all you want to know about it:
– The report said that according to sources in the ministry, the NCPA will be constructed on the lawns of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), which is barely located 1.5 kilometres from Delhi’s cultural hub housing Sahitya Kala Akademi, National School of Drama and the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
– With the aim to provide a space for cultural activities and ensure performing arts gets a boost both nationally and internationally, the Delhi’s NCPA will be constructed across an area of 10 to 11 acres, said sources. It will be bigger than the centre present in Mumbai which is spread over seven acres.
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– Being touted as the biggest centre in the country, the ministry has allocated a budget of Rs 350 crore for the project, reported The Indian Express. It is scheduled to be completed in three years.
– The report quoted sources as saying the centre is set to have a huge auditorium with state-of-the-art facilities and technology.
– In order to maintain the standard of the centre, an expert panel has been asked to study various stage structures and halls in other countries. The panel has been asked to ensure that the architecture projects a balance between folk and regional performance art, and international performance art.
– Several famous performance art spaces, including those in France and the USA, have been studied along with looking at other models as well. He stated that the Delhi NCPA will outshine even international performing art centres, according to Indian Express quoting a senior official. Furthermore, the IGNCA is setting up various committees to work out the basic model and blueprint in consultation with renowned artists and experts, which will be led by our ministry, he said.