India/ 9. Sources and Links  

9.2 Key organisations and portals

Cultural policy-making bodies:

The making of cultural policy is spread across various ministries and institutions controlled by the government. This is a result of the diversity of cultures, size of population and geographical area of the country.

Ministry of Culture, Government of India is the primary policy making ministry for autonomous cultural bodies, research institutions, educational institutes for the arts, Buddhist studies, state and regional cultural academies, literary and visual arts organisations, central libraries and museums and matters of cultural heritage (archaeology). It also runs various grants and schemes ranging from funding research, new infrastructure, works by artists, artists welfare etc. in the field of arts and culture.


Subordinate Offices


Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is a branch of the Ministry of Culture responsible for making policy with regards to protection of cultural heritage, i.e. matters concerning the restoration and maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites.

Other Subordinate Offices

Anthropological Survey of India-

Central Reference Library-

National Library -

National Gallery of Modern Art -

National Museum, Delhi -

National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, Lucknow -


Attached Offices

The Central Secretariat Library, New Delhi -

National Archives of India -

Autonomous Bodies  


Allahabad Museum, Allahabad -

Indian Museum, Kolkata -

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal -

National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata -

National Museum Institute, New Delhi -

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad -



Rajaram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata -

Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi -

Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna -

Delhi Public Library, Delhi -

Rampur Raza Library, Rampur -

Thanjavur Maharaj Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library, Thanjavur



Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi -

Sahitya Akademi New Delhi -

Sangeet Natak Akademi -


Zonal Cultural Centres

North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala -

North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad -

North East Zone Culture Centre, Dimapur

South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur -

South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur

West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur -

Eastern Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata -


The Asiatic Society, Calcutta -

Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, New Delhi -

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi -

Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai -

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts -

National School of Drama, New Delhi -

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Instt. Of Asian Studies, Kolkata -

Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata -

National Culture Fund -


Central Institute Of Buddhist Studies, Leh -

Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath –

Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Arunachal Pradesh

Nava Nalanda Maha Vihara, Bihar

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and its subsidiaries make policy in the realm of broadcasting policy and administration, cable television, radio, public broadcasting corporation, films, archives, film societies and film festivals.

Central Board of Film Certification -

Children’s Film Society, Mumbai -

National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Mumbai -

Prasar Bharati

Press Council of India -

Film and Television Institute of India, Pune -

Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata -

Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi -

Films Division, Mumbai -

Directorate of Film Festivals, New Delhi -

National Film Archives of India, Pune -

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEA) is the primary foreign policy making arm of the Indian Government. The MEA makes policy with regards to promotion of culture between various countries primarily though its cultural arm the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi -

Indian Public Diplomacy, New Delhi -

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi -

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India is responsible for theregulation of all education and educational institutions in the country. It directly controls 153 educational (universities/research) and cultural institutions.

Auroville Foundation, Auroville -

National Book Trust of India, New Delhi - http://

National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi -

Indian Council for Historic Research (ICHR), New Delhi -

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi -

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi -

National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi –

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is responsible for the formulation of tourism related policies.

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) -

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India formulates polices with regards to small and medium scale cultural/creative industries.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai -

Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India is responsible for making welfare policies of the ‘Scheduled Tribes’ of the country.

Tribes of India -

Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India  is responsible for making welfare policy for mostly religious minorities.

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India is the nodal ministry to oversee the interests of the Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Victims of Substance Abuse.

Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is responsible for policy formulation, planning, development export promotion and trade regulation in respect of the textile sector. This includes all natural and manmade fibres that go into the making of textiles, clothing and handicrafts.

Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC), New Delhi -

Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation (HHEC) -

National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDC), Lucknow –

National Institutes of Fashion Technology

Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India looks after the regulation, development and promotion of India’s international trade and commerce through formulation of appropriate international trade & commercial policy.

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad -

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India makes policies with regards to all the sports infrastructure, sporting societies and federations, representation in National and International sporting events, apart from policies for the welfare of youth of the country like the National Youth Festivals and the International Youth exchange programmes.

National Youth Festival -

List of State Cultural Institutions Listed in the G.D. Khosla Review Committee on National Akademis and Indian Council for Cultural Relations


Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir

Bihar Hindi Sahitya Sammelan

Rashtriya Bhasha Parishad, Patna

Bihar Arts Theatre , Patna

Bihar Arts School, Patna 


Kala Akademi

The Academia de Musica

Music Circle

Gomant Vidya Niketan

Swami Vivekananda Society


State Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad

State Sangeet Natak Akademi, Gandhinagar

Sangeet Nritya Natya Parishad

Sahitya Parishad

Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Ahmedabad-

 Arya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Baroda

Sheth C.N. Vidyavihar, Ahmedabad -

Jammu & Kashmir:

J&K Akademi of Art, Culture and Languages,Srinagar -


State Lalit Kala/Sangeet Natak and Sahitya Akademis, Bangalore 

Literature and Culture Department, Bangalore-

Ayyangar College of Music, Bangalore

Kannada Sahitya Parishad, Bangalore-

Bangalore Gayan Samaj-


Kerala Kalamandalam, Thrissur-

State Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur-

State Sangeet Natak Akademi,Thrissur

State Lalit Kala Akademi, Thrissur

Madhya Pradesh:

Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad

Madhya Pradesh Shasan Sahitya Parishad, Bhopal-

Little Ballet Troupe (Rageshri), Bhopal-

Shankar Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Gwalior


The State Department of Culture (State Natya Mahotsav, State Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav, State Tamasha Mahotsav, the film festival (Marathi and Gujarati films), and four theatres)

J.J. School of Art-


State Lalit Kala, Bhubaneswar

Sangeet Natak, Bhubaneswar -

Sahitya Akademis, Bhubaneswar -

Utkal Sanitya Samaj, Cuttack

Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack-

Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubhaneshwar

Utkal Sangh Parishad, Puri


Pondicherry State Sangeet Natak Sangham, Pondicherry


Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigrah

Punjab Sangeet Akademi and Natya Kala Akademi

Chandigarh Lalit Kala, Chandigarh-

Prachin Lalit Kala-

Art Gallery in the State Museum, Chandigarh

Directorate of Languages

Haryana State Dance and Drama Division


State Lalit Kala, Jaipur

Sangeet Natak, Jodhpur-

Sahitya Akademis, Udaipur 

Ram Singh Shilpa Kala Mandir, Jaipur

Tamil Nadu:

State Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

Tamil Development Department, Chennai-

Regional Office of the Central Sahitya Akademi, Chennai

Tamil Nadu Sangeet Sangham,Chennai-

Government College of Arts & Crafts

Satguru Sangeet Vidyalaya, Madurai

Central College of Music, Madurai

Government School of Sculpture, Mahabalipuram

School of Metal Craft, Kanchipuram

Uttar Pradesh:

State Lalit Kala Akademi 

Department of Cultural Affairs

Government College of Arts and Crafts

State Sangeet Natak Akademi

Hindi Sahitya Sammelan

Prayag Sangeet Samiti

West Bengal:

Department of Education

Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata 

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata -

Government College of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata -

Uday Shankar Cultural Centre, Kolkata


Cultural research, advice and statistics

Centre for the Study of Culture and Society -

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies -

The Asian Heritage Foundation -


Grant-giving bodies

Private Arts Funding

Charles Wallace Trust, New Delhi -

India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore -

INLAKS India, Mumbai -

Khoj International Artists' Association -

Outset Contemporary Art Fund, New Delhi-

Raza Arts Foundation

Sir Ratan Tata Trust -

Sir.Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai -

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) -


Foreign and Diplomatic Grant Giving Bodies

Grant Giving Diplomatic Agencies and Cultural Centres

Alliance Franciase -

British Council -

Ford Foundation -

Pro-Helvetica: Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi -

Japan Foundation, New Delhi -

Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi -

Goethe-Institute -

INKO Centre, Chennai -

Foreign Cultural Centres

El Instituto Cervantes -

Hungarian Cultural Centre

Iran Culture House -

Portuguese Cultural Centre -

Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) -

The Italian Cultural Centre -

Culture/arts portals

Osianama Learning Experience -

Professional associations

Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore -

Bombay Art Society, Mumbai -

Cholamandal Artists' Village, Chennai

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi -

India International Centre, New Delhi -

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) New Delhi -

Majlis, Mumbai -

Spic Macay, New Delhi -

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai-

GATI Dance Forum, New Delhi -

Indian People’s Theatre Association, Mumbai-

Sahmat, New Delhi-

Kala Ghoda Association, Mumbai-


Prominent Cultural Organisations

Private Museums

Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi -

Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad -

Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Arts, Coimbatore -

DakshinaChitra, Chennai -

Dashrath Patel Museum, Alibagh-

Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon -

Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad-

Kaladham Musuem, Vijaynagar

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore –

Kiran Nadar Museum of Contemporary Art, New Delhi -

K-MomA, Kolkata-

Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi -

Virasat-e-Khalsa- Khalsa Heritage Centre Anandpur Sahib -


Cultural Organisations

Adishakti, Pondicherry-

Arangham Trust, Chennai-

Archive of Indian Music, Bangalore-

Attakkalari, Bangalore-

Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation, Bangalore-

Bhasha Trust, Ahmadabad-

Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS), Mumbai-

Brhaddhvani, Chennai-

CAMP, Mumbai -

Crafts Council of India, Chennai-

Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad -

Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal-


Gandharva Mahavidyalaya -

Gandhi Seva Sadan, Perur                                                     

ITC Sangeeth Research Academy, Kolkata -

Jaaga, Bangalore -

Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Jaipur-

Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi-

JD Centre of Art, Bhubaneswar-

Jindal Art Foundation, Mumbai-

Jnanapravaha, Mumbai -

Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmadabad -

Khamir Crafts Resource Centre, Bhuj-

Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kochi-

LOFT, Mumbai-

Margi, Thiruvanathapuram-

Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai -

Music Academy, Chennai -

NalandaWay, Chennai-

Natanakairali, Irinjalakuda

Natarang Pratishthan, New Delhi-

National Ballet Academy and Trust of India, New Delhi -

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai -

National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai-

Natya Shodh Sanstan, Kolkata-

Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra, Varanasi -

Ninasam, Heggodu -

Nrityagram, Bangalore -

Periferry, Guwahati -

Prakriti Foundation, Chennai-

Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai-

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore -

Red Earth, New Delhi -

Regional Resource Centre for Folk Performing Arts, Udupi

Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur

Sampradaya, Chennai

Samvaad Foundation, Mumbai-

Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata-

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi -

Tara Books, Chennai-

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune -

The Creative India Foundation, Hyderabad-

The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, New Delhi-

The Lalbhai Dalpathbhai Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad

The Marg Foundation, Mumbai-

The Oriental Research Institute (ORI), Mysore -

The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata -

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai -

The Kattaikkuttu Sangam-

Theatre Roots and Wings, Thrissur-

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Dhramshala -

Toto Funds the Arts, Bangalore-

Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi-

Chapter published: 22-04-2014