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Sangeet Natak Akademi

Sangeet Natak Akademi:

Former Vice-president of India and Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of the Northeast Region will be inaugurating the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s ‘Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra’ in Hyderabad.

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi is India’s national academy of music, dance and drama.
  • It was created by a resolution of the Ministry of Education, with P.V. Rajamannar as its first Chairman.
  • It was set up in 1953 for the preservation and promotion of the vast intangible heritage of India’s diverse culture expressed in forms of music, dance and drama.
  • Presently, it is an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture.
  • The Chairman of the Akademi is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years.
  • It is fully funded by the Government for the implementation of its schemes and programmes.
  • Aims and objectives:
    • To coordinate the activities of regional or State Academies of dance, drama and music;
    • To promote research in the fields of Indian dance, drama and music and for this purpose, to establish a library and museum, etc.;
    • To co-operate with such similar academies as there may be and other institutions and associations for the furtherance of its objectives and for the enrichment of Indian culture as a whole;
    • To encourage the exchange of ideas and enrichment of techniques between the different regions in regard to the arts of dance, drama and music;
    • To encourage, where necessary, the establishment of theatre centres, on the basis of regional languages, and cooperation among different theatre centres;
    • The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are the highest national recognition conferred on practising artists.
    • The Akademi also confers Fellowships on eminent artists and scholars of music, dance and drama; and has in 2006 instituted annual awards to young artists – the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar.