Established on May 31, 1952 by the Government of India, Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi helps to preserve the vast cultural heritage of India as well as promotes the various forms of music, dance and drama. The academy is popularly known as the National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama in English. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurated this meuseum on January 28, 1953 in a special function held in the Parliament House.
Awards are given to the deserving people in the field of drama and other cultural activities. The awards given through this academy are :
The Sangeet Natak Academy functions as headquarter of the performing arts in the India. This academy not only, but also. This academy in New Delhi establishes and maintains institutions and projects of national importance like:
Over the years the academy has housed a small but fully specialized collection of books on music, dance, and drama comprising about 20,000 volumes. The library also maintains files on personalities in the performing arts, consisting of clippings from newspapers and periodicals.
Other functions of the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi include: