Sangeet Natak Akademi

Sangeet Natak Akademi (Hindi: संगीत नाटक अकादेमी, Sangita Nataka Akademi ) is the national Indian Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. It was founded by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of India on 31 May 1952. The first president of the Academy, PV Rajamannar was introduced by Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, on January 28, 1953 in his office. Membership in the Academy and their prices are associated with high reputation.


The Academy is to preserve the cultural heritage of India. She founded to institutions and carried out projects. Here are particularly worthy of mention:

  • The National School of Drama in New Delhi
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy in Imphal
  • Kathak Kendra ( the Institute for the Kathak dance), New Delhi
  • Projects supporting the Kutiyattam (traditional Sanskrit theater in Kerala )

It also supports institutions that are engaged in the training of young artists and in the performance or promotion of music, dance and theater, and provides funds for such artistic projects. In addition, they documented these genres and has established an appropriate archive and a library. It also supports the Government of India in cultural policy issues and supports cultural exchange.


Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

The Academy Award is considered the highest national recognition and is awarded by the President of India to the performing arts. The award consists of a cash sum of Rs 50,000 / -, a shawl and a Tamrapatra badge. Past recipients include, for example, in the Hindustani music Zakir Hussain, Shobha Gurtu, Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

The Academy honors since 1954 by selecting the academicians also people as a Fellow with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna.