groups/artists and these programmes are invariably held in the local languages. The workshops
could be broadly divided under three categories, production oriented workshops, production
oriented children’s workshops and teaching and training programmes in Theatre. The School has
a Regional Research Centre at Bengaluru to cater to the theatrical needs of the four southern
states and Puducherry. The School also publishes textbooks on theatre and also arranges for
translation of important books on theatre from English into Hindi.
Relevant Website: www.nsd.gov.in
Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters promotes literature in 24 languages
of India recognized by it. It organizes programmes, confers Awards and Fellowships on writers
in Indian languages and publishes books throughout the year and in 24 recognized languages.
Over the past six decades, the Akademi has published over 7000 books in 24 languages. The
Akademi publishes original works and also works in translation – fiction, poetry, drama and
criticism - covering classical, medieval, pre-modern and contemporary literature. Sahitya
Akademi publishes three journals, Indian Literature (bimonthly in English), Samkaleena
Bhartiya Sahitya (bi-monthly in Hindi) and Sanskrit Pratibha (quarterly in Sanskrit). The
Akademi is also involved in promoting quality children’s literature. The Akademi’s head office
is situated in New Delhi with offices in Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.
Akademi Awards are most prestigious literary awards in India. Sahitya Akademi Award
[the Award carries the prize money of ₹ 1 lakh and citation], awarded to the most outstanding
book(s) of literary merit published in the 24 Indian languages recognized by the Akademi.
Bhasha Samman [the Award carries the prize money of ₹ 1 lakh and citation] is given to
writers/scholars/editors collectors/performers/translators who have made considerable
contribution to the propagation and enrichment of languages that have not been recognized by
the Akademi in addition to stellar contributions to the research into classical and medieval
literature of the country, Translation Prize [the Award carries the prize money of ₹ 50,000 and
citation] is given to outstanding translations in all the 24 languages recognized by the Akademi,
Bal Sahitya Puraskar [the Award carries the prize money of ₹ 50,000 and citation] is given to
outstanding contributions to children’s literature in 24 languages and Yuva Puraskar [the Award
carries the prize money of ₹ 50,000 and citation] is given to young Indian writers in 24
languages, are the awards instituted by the Akademi.
The Akademi organizes Festival of Letters every year to celebrate Indian writing. Sahitya
Akademi promotes Tribal and Oral Literature in the country through its Centre for Tribal and
Oral Literature in Delhi and North-East Centre for Oral Literature in Imphal. The Akademi also
confers Fellowships on eminent Indian writers and foreign scholars who have served Indian
Monographs on Indian writers (MIL), encyclopaedias, anthologies, archives of Indian
literature, national bibliography of Indian literature, encyclopaedia of Indian poetics and histories
of Indian literature are some of the major projects undertaken by the Akademi. The Akademi
also organizes cultural exchange programmes with different countries and sends and receives
several writers’ delegations every year besides taking part in literary festivals and book fairs
Sahitya Akademi Library in New Delhi is one of the very few multilingual libraries which