Sangeet Natak Akademi – UPSC Prelims

  • It is India’s national academy for music, dance and drama.
  • It was created by a resolution of the Ministry of Education (formerly the Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, in 1952 with Dr P V Rajamannar as its first Chairman.
  • It is presently an autonomous body of the Ministry of Culture and is fully funded by the Government for implementation of its schemes and programmes.
  • The Akademi establishes and looks after institutions and projects of national importance in the field of the performing arts. Few important ones are:
    • National School of Drama, New Delhi (set up in 1959).
    • Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal (set up in 1954).
    • Kathak Kendra (National Institute of Kathak Dance), New Delhi (set up in 1964).
    • National Projects of Support to Kutiyattam (Sanskrit theatre of Kerala), Chhau dances of eastern India, Sattriya traditions of Assam, etc.