Studio Theatre

When this was started by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959, it was an autonomous set up and became an independent school.  Earlier in 1954, under the leadership of late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Sangeet Natak Academy started developing plans for establishing a Central institution for theatre. In 1958, the ‘Asian Theatre Institute’, which was established with the help of UNESCO came under the wings of Sangeet Natak Academy. The following year, Indian Government combined this with a new set up and established National School of Drama and ‘Asian Theatre Institute’.

Ebrahim Alkazi, the director during 1962 to 1977, designed two theatres, one is a studio theatre with a capacity of 200 seats and the other is an open-air theatre known as ‘meghdoot theatre’.

National School of Drama opened its Regional Resource Centre in Bangalore in 1994.

National Theatre Festival

During January second week, NSD celebrates ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ every year. The first National Theatre Festival was celebrated in 1999. The Golden jubilee of this festival was celebrated during 2008.

NSD Repertory Company

To improve and to promote professional theatre, National School of Drama established the Repertory Company in 1964. It was presided by Om Shivpuri. Until now, this theatre has performed more than 200 plays written by directors and playwrights from all over the world. The 40th Anniversary was celebrated in 2004.

Sanskaar Rang Toli

Sanskaar Rang Toli, otherwise known as ‘Theatre in Education Company’, was started in 1989 by NSD. The main aim is to educate children between 8 and 16 about theatre and its activities. It has become popular as the India’s premier resource centres for education.


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