SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI (Syllabus: GS Paper 1 – Art and Culture)

News-CRUX-10     12th February 2024        
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Context: Sangeet Natak Akademi recently announced plans to set up the first-of-its-kind Dakshin Bharat Sanskritik Kendra in Hyderabad.


Sangeet Natak Akademi

  • About: The national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India.
  • Origin: It was set up by the Indian education ministry on 31 May 1952 and became functional the following year, with the appointment of its first chairman, Dr. P. V. Rajamannar.
  • Chairman Appointment: By the President of India for a term of five years.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Culture
  • Current Status: It is presently an Autonomous Body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and is fully funded by the Government for implementation of its schemes and programmes.
  • Functions: The academy functions as the apex body of the performing arts in the country to preserve and promote the vast cultural heritage of India expressed in music, dance and drama.
  • Honour: 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.


Akademi presently has five centres:

  • Kutiyattam Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram for preserving and promoting the age-old Sanskrit theatre of Kerala, Kutiyattam.
  • Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati for promoting the Sattriya traditions of Assam.
  • North-East Centre, Guwahati for preserving the traditional and folk performing art traditions of north-eastern India.
  • North-East Documentation Centre, Agartala for festival and field documentation in the North-east.
  • Chhau Kendra, Chandankiyari for promoting the Chhau Dances of eastern India.
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