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Sangeet Natak Academy

Location New Delhi, Just opposite Mandi House
How to Reach Take an auto or cab or disembark at Mandi House Metro station
Attractions Song, Dance and Plays
Timing 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M except weekends

Sangeet Natak Academy is the premiere cultural institution in India. Inaugurated in January 1953, The Sangeet Natak Akademi was the brainchild of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It was country's first National Academy for music, dance and drama. This institution works to preserve and propagate the diverse cultural heritage of India in form of dances, songs and plays. Sangeet Natak Academy is an autonomous body that works in the purview of Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India. The Akademi coordinates and collaborates with different government art institutions and art academies of every state and territory as well as with major cultural institutions of the country.

You can catch any of numerous programs and cultural activities organized by the academy. It includes among others, National and Regional Festivals, Yuva Utsav as well as regular seminars and workshops on music, dance and theatre. It also organizes regular performances by the veterans of their respective fields round the year. Besides, it is also proving to be a good platform for the amateurs to showcase their talent. The Natak academy has also established teaching institutions like National School of Drama and Kathak Kendra in Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academy in Imphal. Sangeet Natak Academy also confers awards to the appreciative works by artists in the field of music, dance and dramas. As of now this is considered the highest recognition in the respective fields in India.

You can also visit the library and resource center in the campus of the Sangeet Natak Akademy/Academy. It houses some of the best works and illustrations related to this field. It also houses a museum that has attractive displays of musical instruments and dances of India. Do visit it or you will miss the best part of the tour.