Journalist Ram Bahadur Rai to head new IGNCA Trust

In a decision that is likely to raise the Opposition’s hackles, the government has reconstituted the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Trust with immediate effect. The reconstituted 20-member Trust will be headed by Ram Bahadur Rai, an eminent journalist. Other nominated members are:

Sonal Mansingh, well-known classical dancer;

Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who made Chanakya serial for Doordarshan;

Nitin Desai;

Arvinda Rao;

Vasudeo Kamath;

Mahesh Chandra Sharma, former chairman, KVIC;

Bharat Gupta;

M. Seshan;

Rati Vinay Jha, former bureaucrat;

Nirmala Sharma;

Harsh Neotia;

Padma Subrahmaniam;

Saryu Doshi;

Prasoon Joshi, adman;

D.P. Sinha; and

Viraj Yagnik.

Official members are: Secretary, Ministry of Culture; Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Culture; and Member Secretary, IGNCA.