Lalit Kala Akademi, the National Academy of Art, was set up in 1954. Lalit Kala Akademi
      is the government’s apex cultural body in the field of visual arts in India. It is an autonomous
      body, which is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture. The Akademi is an institution that has
      rendered service to the nation in the arts sphere long before the world woke up to the global
      impact of Indian art. It has established, preserved and documented a permanent collection that
      reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art in India.
      All through the year it presents exhibitions and educational programmes of unparalleled
      significance; sustains a library, art collection, archives, conservation laboratory and supports
      scholars and publications of pre-eminent intellectual merit all over the country.
           Central to the Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of a deeper understanding and
      enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by a diverse local, national and international
      audience that it serves. The National Exhibition of Art and the International Triennale – India,
      are examples of such endeavours.
           The Akademi is involved in a wide range of activities promoting Indian art and artists
      through programmes and strategic partnerships. The Akademi’s sincere commitment to the
      development of art is evident through the strong national and international programmes
      organized by the headquarters in New Delhi and by the Centres situated at Bhubaneshwar,
      Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Garhi (New Delhi) and sub centres at Shimla and Patna. Another
      major art promotional activity of the Akademi is to provide studios to artists who work in various
      disciplines of art, such as sculpture, graphics, ceramics and paintings. In Delhi, the Akademi
      administers the Garhi Artists’ Studios where approximately 200 artists work regularly. The
      Akademi has started a regular programme on research and documentation. Scholars are given
      financial assistance to undertake projects on various contemporary aspects of Indian society and
      culture.
      Relevant Website: www.lalitkala.gov.in
      Sangeet Natak Akademi
           Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s national academy of music, dance and drama, is a pioneer
      in the creation of modern India. The ephemeral quality of the arts, and the need for their
      preservation led to the adapting of a democratic system in which the common man had the
      opportunity to learn, practice and propagate the arts. In 1945, the Asiatic Society of Bengal
      submitted a proposal for the creation of a National Cultural Trust consisting of three academies-
      an academy of dance, drama and music; an academy of letters and an academy of art and
      architecture. It led to the creation of three national academies after Independence. The national
      Academy named Sangeet Natak Akademi, was the first of these entities to be established by a
      resolution of the Ministry of Education. In 1961, the Sangeet Natak Akademi was reconstituted
      by the Government as a society and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (as
      amended in 1957).
           The Akademi works towards building up a unified structure of support for the practice of
      music, dance and drama in India encompassing traditional and modern forms, and urban as well
      as rural environments. The festivals of music, dance and drama presented or promoted by the
      Akademi are held all over the country. The great masters of the performing arts have been
      elected as Fellows of the Akademi. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards conferred annually on
      eminent artists and scholars are considered the most coveted honours in the field of the
      performing arts. Thousands of institutions across the country, including many in the remote