"The National Akademi of Music, Dance and Drama"
An autonomous organisation funded by the Government devoted to the furtherance of the performing arts of India the Akademi bestows honours annually on outstanding artists in the field of performing arts. The Akademi arranges performances by renowned veterans as well as by talented artists of the younger generation, through training programmes, award of scholarships, documentation etc.The Akademi is managed by a General Council, supported by the Executive Board, which exercises direction and control over the affairs of the Akademi.
The Akademi runs two teaching institutions Kathak Kendra (New Delhi) and Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Akademi (Imphal) - for Training in Kathak dance and music and Manipuri dance and allied arts.The Akademi also looks after the management of the Rabindra Rangshala in New Delhi.
Kathak Kendra : Keeping the tradition up
The Kathak Kendra is one of the leading institutions for training in Kathak dance set up with the objective of training proficient dancers committed to pursuing the arts as a profession. Many dancers trained at Kathak Kendra have received acclaim both for solo dancing and for their choreographic work. Eminent masters of Kathak dance and Hindustani music including Pandit Lacchu Maharaj, Shambhu Maharaj, Sunder Prasad, Kundanlal Gangani, Mohanrao Kallyanpurkar, Mumudini Lakhi, Birju Maharaj, Durga Lal, Hanz Ali Khan, Mustaq Hussain Khan, Mohinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar, Siddeswari Devi and Naina Devi have taught here.
Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal
A constituent unit of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy is the leading teaching institution of Manipuri dance. It offers several comprehensive courses in Manipuri dance, music and allied arts like Lai Haraoba and Thang-ta. The courses are designed as a foundation for professional artistes. The institution has teachers of eminence on its staff and a Production unit which strives to enrich the Manipuri repertoire through experimental work.