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NSD – National School of Drama

The National School of Drama is one of the few institutes in the world and leading theatre training institute in India. The institute was set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959. It was then one of its constituent units but later in 1975 it has been registered as an autonomous organization under the Society Registration Act XXI of 1860. The institute is fully funded by Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The National School of Drama offers 3 years training programme. This programme is decentralized through workshops which are under Extension Programme. The institute had organized its first National Theatre Festival in 1999. This festival has been named as ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ which is usually held in the second week of January every year.

The institute mainly aims to enhance students’ performance in theatre. Its syllabus covers almost every feature of theatre. NSD conducts an entrance test for admission to its courses. The students are required to appear for the test to get the admission. The school conducts screening test. In this test, students are needed to come up with the ideas to produce play. This play later on will be performed before the audience.

The School has two performing wings, Repertory and Theatre-in-Education. The objective of first wing, Repertory programme, is to make the platform available for creative performance, first on the experimental basis and then can perform professionally. It is performed in the country and abroad as well. The second wing, Theatre-in-Education, aims at creating interest among children for theatre. This wing has completed approximately 600 performances in the country. Afterwards, Theatre-in-education has been renamed to ‘The Sanskaar Rang Toli’.

The school offers a three-year programme which leads to Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatic Arts. The candidates who are seeking admission to the above programme are required to appear for the screening test. The school has two academic terms. The first term commences from July and ends in December; on the other hand, the second term begins from January and ends in May.


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