areas, engaged in teaching or promotion of music, dance and theatre, have received financial
      assistance for their work from the Akademi, as do researchers, authors and publishers in relevant
      disciplines.
            The Akademi has a large archive of audio and video tapes, 16-mm films, photographs and
      transparencies and remains the single most important resource for researchers in the field of
      performing arts of India. The Akademi maintains a reference library consisting of books in
      English, Hindi and some regional languages. The Akademi’s publication unit publishes literature
      on relevant subjects on a small scale.
            The Akademi establishes and looks after institutions and projects of national importance in
      the field of the performing arts. The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) in
      Imphal, the premier institution in the teaching of Manipuri dance and music, established in 1954,
      is the first of these institutions. In 1959, the Akademi established the National School of Drama
      and the Asian Theatre Institute; and in 1964, the Kathak Kendra, both being based in Delhi. The
      Akademi’s other projects of national importance are in Kutiyattam theatre of Kerala, commenced
      in 1991. Kutiyattam was recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of oral and intangible
      heritage of humanity in 2001. The project on Chhau dance of Odisha, Jharkhand and West
      Bengal began in 1994. The project support to Sattriya music, dance, theatre and allied arts of
      Assam was started in 2002.
            Being the apex body specializing in the performing arts, the Akademi also advises and
      assists the Government of India in formulating and implementing policies and programmes in the
      field of the performing arts. It fosters cultural contacts nationally and internationally. The
      Akademi has held exhibitions and major festivals in foreign countries to foster cultural contact
      between India and the world.
      Relevant Website: www.sangeetnatak.gov.in
      National School of Drama
            The National School of Drama (NSD)- one of the foremost theatre institutions in the world
      and the only one of its kind in India was set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959. Later in
      1975, it became an autonomous organization, totally financed by Department of Culture. The
      objective of the NSD is to train students in all aspects of theatre, including theatre history,
      production, scene design, costume design, lighting, make-up, etc. The training course at NSD is
      of three years duration. The eligible applicants for admission to the course are screened through
      two stages. The Diploma of NSD is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as
      equivalent to M.A. Degree for appointment as teachers in colleges/universities and for purposes
      of registration for Ph.D. The School has a performing wing, a Repertory Company to establish
      professional theatre and regular experimental work. The NSD has promoted children’s theatre. It
      (renamed as Sanskar Rang Toli) was founded in 1989 and has been actively involved in
      production of plays for children, organizing summer theatre workshops in the schools of Delhi
      and also promoting children’s theatre through Saturday Club. Since 1998, the School has
      organized National Theatre Festival for Children christened ‘Jashne Bachpan’ every year. The
      first ever National Theatre Festival christened was held from March 18 to April 14, 1999 to
      commemorate the 50th year of India’s Independence has been made an annual feature.
            A short-term teaching and training programme titled ‘Extension Programme’ was started in
      1978, under which, the school organizes workshops in collaboration with the local theatre