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Constitution of IPTA

Adopted in:

9th National Conference, Hyderabad, 1986

Amended in:

10th National Conference, Jaipur, 1992
12th National Conference, Lucknow, 2005
13th National Conference, Bhilai, 2011
14th National Conference, Indore, 2016

  1. Preamble

The Indian People’s Theatre Association is a national organization for developing our performing arts in the service of the people, for unfolding a national cultural movement. It aims to carry forward our rich folk, modern and classical tradition of performing arts, to fight against impediments in the way of developing the cultural movement and for the living conditions and rights of cultural workers and writers. The Indian People’s Theatre Association on works to create conditions for the emotional integration of our diverse and other divisive forces. It is devoted to the task of fighting all obstacles, physical and spiritual, in the way of unfolding our rich people’s culture in interaction with present-day social reality.

The Indian People’s Theatre Association is an active constituent of the international movement for a world free from nuclear weapons on the earth, in the waters and in cuter space, and for living in universal brotherhood and peace for the full flowering of the human personality. Its membership shall be open to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion who accept the basic principles on which the Indian People’s Theatre Association is founded and are willing to devote their time and talent in carrying out its aims and objects.

  1. Name, Symbol, Flag
  • The name of the organizational shall be the Indian People’s Theatre Association, hereafter referred to as IPTA.
  • The base of the flag shall be deep blue on which a figure of a drummer with a drum as painted by Shri Chittaprasad will be imprinted in golden colour.
  • The symbol of the Association shall be a drummer with a drum as painted by Shri Chittaprasad.
  1. Aims and Objects
  • The IPTA respects the rich cultural heritage and national tradition in the performing arts and shall carry forward its best and healthy elements, giving expression to the aspirations of the people.
  • The IPTA dedicates itself to the creation of an art portraying the life, the struggles and dreams of our people, their strivings for peace, better living conditions, fuller life and liberation from all forms of injustice.
  • The IPTA shall work for full and equal opportunity for the development of the diverse languages, culture, performing arts, folk art and literature of our country.
  • The IPTA will develop close links with the theatre movement of other countries. It will develop close links with writers, poets and all creative artistes for a regular flow of plays, songs and other written material.
  • The IPTA shall strive constantly to improve the living conditions of writers, artists and technicians to that our arts may flourish.
  • The IPTA shall support movement to remove all the impediments in the way of performing arts in our country. The IPTA keeps in view the idea of building its own stage and running libraries, training schools and research centres.
  • The IPTA shall fight against communal and other divisive forces, for building secular national identity.
  • The IPTA shall contribute to the world-wide peace movement for a nuclear-free world and for peace.
  • The IPTA shall strive to make culture and the arts and organised component of development strategy aimed at building socialism, expressed in a national cultural policy.
  • The IPTA shall strive to ensure people’s participation in the utilisation of the electronic media-radio and television and video-for the dissemination of culture.
  • The IPTA strives to intervene in the state sponsored cultural activities to ensure their democratization.
  1. The Indian People’s Theatre Association Shall Comprise of:
  • Members all over India,
  • State units of the IPTA
  • Other cultural groups and associations which seek direct affiliation of IPTA
  1. Membership
  • Any person who subscribes to the aims and objects of IPTA will be eligible to become a member.
  • There shall be a regular annual membership fee, payable as decided by each state unit.
  • There may be life members, for which the terms and conditions shall be laid down by the state units.
  • Any member of the IPTA has the right to vote or get elected to the different o\bodies of the IPTA.
  • Any member can forgo his membership after duly informing in writing to the primary unit of which he is a member.
  • If a member who is also a member of higher body in the state or centre ceases to me member of his/her primary unit should be communicated to the concerned higher body.
  1. State Units
  • There shall be an autonomous unit of the IPTA in each state, having primary and district units, as well as directly affiliated cultural groups or associations as associate members.
  • Every state unit of the IPTA shall pay to the national centre an annual subscription of Re. 1 per member.
  • They shall also pay any other subscription or levy that may be laid down by the National Executive Committee.
  • Every state unit shall, subject tot he general supervision of the national committee, be in charge of the affairs of the primary and district units within its jurisdiction and to that end frame its constitution and rules, not inconsistent with this constitution.
  1. Affiliated Group

Any cultural organization which wants to work in cooperation with IPTA without dissolving its own identity and which subscribes fully to the aims and objects of IPTA, can become an affiliated member of the IPTA. This will be through the state unit or directly with the all-India body of IPTA where no state unit exists. Such affiliated members shall have the opportunity to send their delegates to the all-India conference and to have their members elected to IPTA bodies. The affiliation fees payable to the centre shall be on the same scale as that for the state units. State units are empowered to fix the affiliation fees of associated such members groups affiliating to them in the state.

  1. All-India Conference
  • The All-India Conference will be held ordinarily once in 3 (three) years at the place decided upon by the preceding session or such a place as may be determined by the National Committee. The date on which the conference shall be held will be determined by the National Committee. A prior notice of at least three months shall be given for the conference.
  • The state unit concerned shall make all arrangements for holding the conference under the guidance of the National Committee.
  • The Conference shall elect the office-bearers and members of the National Committee.
  • On receipt of the notice of the All-India Conference, all state units shall elect their delegates to the said conference.
  • The National Committee shall fix the quota of delegates for each state unit and for associate members as the case may be, taking into account the strength and influence of each unit. These shall be distributed by the state unit among its constituent primary and district units and other associate members.
  • Every delegate to the conference shall pay a delegation fee to be fixed in advance by the National Committee.
  • All the members of the National Committee shall be ex-officio delegates to the All-India Conference.
  1. National Committee
  • The National Committee shall carry out the programme of work laid down by the All India Conference.
  • The National Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-Presidents, the General Secretary, Secretaries, Joint-Secretaries, the Treasurer and at least one member from each state unit. The National Committee shall have the power to co-opt upto 8 members.
  • The National Committee will take steps to constitute a state branch where it does not exist.
  • The outgoing National Committee shall have to place before the All-India Conference the full report of its work.
  • One-fifth of the total members will form the quorum of the National Committee.
  • The National Committee shall meet ordinarily twice a year.
  • The retiring President and General Secretary will be ex-officio members of the National Committee.
  • There shall be patrons whose names will be approved by the Conference or National Committee authorized by the Conference for the same.
  1. Powers and Duties of Office-Bearers
  • The President shall preside over meetings. He shall have the authority to issue statements wherever necessary in the interest of IPTA consistent with the Aims and Objects of IPTA. He shall give rulings in case of controversy regarding interpretation of any rule. He shall have the authority to take up the duties of the General Secretary or any Secretary when the General Secretary or any Secretary when indisposed, inactive or disabled.
  • Any one of the Vice-presidents, nominated by the President, shall perform all the functions of the President in his absence.
  • General Secretary:
    • He shall be in-charge of the Central Office of IPTA and shall convene a meeting of National Committee, in consultation with the President.
    • He shall make all arrangements to implement the decisions of National Committee.
    • Secretaries shall jointly and severally help the General Secretary in discharge of his duties.
  1. Associate Members

Any theatre organization which wants to work in cooperation with IPTA without being bound down to the organizational discipline and subscribes fully to the aims and objects of IPTA, can become associate member of IPTA, in any state at any level or directly of All-India body of IPTA where no branches or affiliated organizations exist, with the obligation to work for the realization of commonly drawn up programme and keep regular contact. Such associate members shall have the opportunity to send their representatives as observers to the All-India Conference.

  1. Executive Committee
  • The President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, Secretaries, Joint-Secretaries and Treasurer will be members of the Executive Committee.
  • The Executive Committee will function under the guidance and control of the National Committee.
  • Its function will be to implement and execute the programmes, policies and decisions of the National Committee, manage sub-committees, etc., in between sessions of the National Committee.
  • The Secretariat (consisting of the General Secretary, Secretaries, Joint Secretaries & Treasurer) will supervise and arrange for the day-to-day functioning of the all-India office of the IPTA.
  1. Funds
  • The Treasurer will be in-charge of the funds of the IPTA.
  • The bank account is to be operated jointly by any two of the following office-bearers, namely the President, General Secretary and Treasurer through the bank decided by the National Committee.
  1. Vacancies

Vacancies created shall be filled by the National Committee.

  1. Change in Constitution

The Articles of the Constitution can be changed if accepted in the open session of the All-India Conference by two-thirds majority.