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GANDHI RASHTRIYA MANAV SANGRAHALAYA
Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalya (or the 'National Museum of Man'),
Bhopal is an autonomous organisation, which was set up in 1987
under the Department of Culture, Government of India.
It depicts an elaborate evolutionary story of humankind in
global perspective but with a special focus on India. The
Sangrahalaya is an open-air museum, which also has indoor
display galleries on human evolution; society in pre and
proto-historic times and contemporary cultures. The museum has
36 pre-historic rock shelters with about 1,000 to 6,000 year old
paintings. The Sangrahalaya is also actively involved in
retrieving anthropological objects of national heritage and
giving live demonstration of folk culture, arts and music. The
Museum has participated in World Congresses on Archaeology,
Ethno-biology, Musicology, Rock Art, Museography, Eco-tourism,
Bio-diversity, Indigenous Knowledge systems and Cultural
Diversity, Conservation, Globalization and Translation, in order
to establish common platforms for intra and intercommunity
dialogue, technology transfer, and collaboration for community,
regarding action combining Ecology, Economics and Employment.
INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, ALIGARH
The Institute of Islamic Studies was set up in 1954, within the
Aligarh Muslim University, to promote the study of Islamic
Culture and civilisation and to study the political, cultural
and socio-economic trends in the Islamic countries. The Institute offers Diploma in West Asian Studies and also
admits students for M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.
The Institute has brought out several useful publications
on literary and religious trends in the Arab World.
The Jamia Millia
Islamia was founded at Aligarh in 1920 during the Khilafat and
Non-Cooperation Movements in response to Gandhiji's call to
boycott government supported educational institutions. The Jamia
moved from Aligarh to Delhi in 1925. It was designated as a
Central University in 1988 by an Act of Parliament. The
University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses and
also doctoral research programs in various branches of Social
Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities and languages, Law,
Engineering and Education.
Nazimiya, Lucknow, founded in 1890 by Sayyid Nazim, is one of
the leading colleges in India imparting education in the Shia
theology. The Jamia
is administered by a committee consisting of leading Shia
scholars in India.
It is one of the
principal centres of Islamic learning in India.
It was founded by Hazrat Hafiz Mohammad Anwarullah Farooqi
in 1872 (1292 H) for the propagation of Islamic studies. It was
patronised by Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad. This
institution has produced thousands of scholars and Huffaz
who have earned great reputation for their literary work, teaching
and speeches. It offers courses of 2-8 years duration on
Fundamentals of Islamic Sciences, Hadith, Islamic Law, Law of
It also conducts examinations for qualifying candidates for the
religious posts of Qazi,
Khatib and Muezzin.
The degrees awarded by this institution are even recognised
abroad by such prestigious Islamic Universities like Al-Azhar
University of Egypt, Um-AlQura University of Makkah and Jamia
Islamia of Madina. The Jamia has a Department of Religious
Decrees, which is empowered to issue
(edicts) on matters referred to it. The fatwas issued by
it accepted by all the courts in India.
literally means a 'Holy place of Arts'. It was started in 1936
by Rukmini Devi Arundale as a cultural academy for preservation
of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of
dance and music. The Government of India took over the
management of Kalakshetra by a Presidential Ordinance issued on
29th September 1993 and declared it an institution of National
importance. The order was later replaced by an Act of Parliament
namely the Kalakshetra Foundation Act (No.6 of 1994). Since then
the Kalakshetra Foundation has been functioning as an autonomous
body under the Department of Culture.
The Centre is
modeled on the concept of a 'gurukul',
where music, dancing, painting and crafts are taught to students
of both sexes from India and other parts of the world. Special
cultural programmes are arranged to help the students in
appreciating true art and the rich cultural heritage of India.
The curriculum of the dance students includes classes on dance
theory, which is based on the work
Abhinaya Darpana, and selected portions of other ancient
texts on art and literature. Music is a subsidiary for all dance
students. The art of Indian make-up, traditional costumes and
theatre craft are learnt gradually by the advanced and post
graduate students through participation in the various
Kalakshetra productions. Kalakshetra produces and presents many
dance-dramas as part of its efforts to make available to the
public the best of Indian classical arts.
is a well-known dance school for
in Kerala, which was founded by V.N. Menon.
It serves as a meeting point of the southern and northern
styles of Kathakali as
well as of various other dance forms like
Mohiniattam, Koodiyattam, Ottamthullal and
It houses the imposing Koothambalam, which is an
Kalamandalam was established in 1930 and the Government of Kerala
took over its maintenance in 1941.
KHUDA BAKHSH ORIENTAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Oriental Public Library, Patna was established in 1891and was
declared as an institution of national importance in 1969 by an act
of Parliament. The Library has one of the richest collections of
Oriental manuscripts preserved by a devout collector of manuscripts,
Khan Bahadur Chaeta Bakhsh who handed it over to the government of
India its preservation and protection. The library has about 20,000
manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Urdu apart from rare ones in
Turkish, Hindi, Sanskrit and Pashtu, most of them depicting world's
richest Islamic heritage. Some 200 are on palm leaf. Some of the
rare manuscripts of the Library include the Holy Quran written in
Naskh in 1269 by a reputed calligrapher Yaquit-at Mustasami;
Dioscorides's work on medical plants; Treatises of Thabit Ibn Kurra;
some writings of Abu Nasr Farabi and Abu Raihan Bairuni, poetical
works of Mirza Kamran, brother of Humayun and manuscripts bearing
the signatures of Jahangir and Shahjahan. Noted Arabic works include
Tafsir-i-Kabir and the
Kitab ul-Hasha'ish. The Library also has more than 850 audio and
550 video-tapes of eminent personalities. The Library brings out a
quarterly research journal. The Library has been recognised by seven
universities as a centre of research for awarding the degrees of
The Lalit Kala
Akademi (National Akademi of Fine Arts) was established by the
Government of India at New Delhi in 1954 to promote and propagate
understanding of Indian art, both within and outside the country.
The Akademi promotes study and research in painting, sculpture,
architecture and other applied arts.
It promotes cooperation among art associations and encourages
exchange of ideas between various schools of art.
The Akademi organises a
Rashtriya Kala Mela (National Exhibition of Art) every year and
Triennale India, an international exhibition, once in three years.
Three to four special exhibitions are organised every year with some
concept involving known and eminent artists of India. The Akademi
gives 10 national awards, each of Rs 25000, to the outstanding
artists participating in the National Exhibition of Art.
The Akademi honours
eminent artists and art historians every year by electing them as
fellows of the Akademi.
The Akademi regularly participates in International Biennales
and Triennales abroad and also organises exhibitions of works of art
from other countries to propagate Indian art outside. It also
sponsors exchange of artists with other countries under the various
Cultural Exchange Programmes (CEPs). The Akademi brings out
monographs on the works of Indian contemporary artists in Hindi and
English and books on contemporary, traditional, folk and tribal
arts. It also brings out bi-annual art journals,
Lalit Kala Contemporary (English),
Lalit Kala Ancient (English) and
LIBRARY OF TIBETAN WORK AND ARCHIVES
The Library of
Tibetan Work and Archives, Dharamsala, acquires and preserves
Tibetan books and manuscripts. The main activities of the library
are to provide research facilities to run regular courses on
Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan languages, classes on Tibetan
traditional woodcarving and
MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY CENTRE
The Marine Archaeology Centre was established in the National
Institute of Oceanography, Goa in 1981. Since 1983 the Centre has
carried out underwater archaeological explorations almost every year
in the waters of ancient Dwarka.
The Government Museum
at Mathura, popularly known as Mathura Sangrahalya, is one of the
oldest museums in India.
It was established in 1874 by F.S.Growse, the then Collector
of Mathura district, as the Curzon Museum of Archeology.
The museum is particularly famous for sculptures from Sunga,
Maurya, Kushana and Gupta periods. The museum contains about 33,500
art objects including 4819 stone sculptures, 2690 terracotta
figures, 329 bronze idols, 312 miniature paintings and several gold
and silver coins and other objects of historical and archeological
value. It has 18
galleries, including one dedicated to the Gandhara School of Art.
MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD INSTITUTE OF ASIAN STUDIES
Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta is the centre for
research and training of the life and works of Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad and for the study of the social, cultural, political and
economic movement in Asia from the middle of the 19th century. The
Institute functions under the administrative control of the
Department of Culture. The Institute maintains a library of books,
newspapers, still photographs and materials on the secular
traditions of modern India and events of the 19th century. It
organises workshops on Critical Asian Studies at Darjeeling for
M.Phil/ Ph.D students.
Nadwatul-Ulema, Lucknow was formed in 1894 with the primary aim of
providing education in religious and temporal sciences as well as
offering technical training.
It also aimed at setting up a Centre of Study and Research on
Islamic ideals and thought.
For most courses offered by the Nadwatul-Ulema, the medium of
instruction is Arabic, although English, Urdu and Hindi are also
used. It brings out an Arabic monthly called
Al-Bathul Islami and two fortnightlies called
(Arabic) and Tamiri-I-Hayat
NAMGYAL INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY
The Namgyal Institute of
Tibetology, Gangtok was built in 1958 by the last Chogyal (king) of Sikkim.
It has a faculty of eminent scholars, a library with a large collection of
documents and rare books on Buddhism and an attached museum with a rare
collection of antiques, coins and Tibetan paintings of thankas.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF
Archives of India (NAI) is the premier organised record repository
in Asia. Formerly known as 'Imperial Record Department', it was
established on 11 March 1891as an attached office of the Department
of Culture. It is the official custodian of all non-current records
of permanent value of the Government of India and its predecessor
bodies. It has four regional repositories at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar,
Jaipur and Pondicherry.
National Archives of India is actively involved in accessioning of
public records, preparation of reference media, evolving records
management programmes, imparting training in the field of archives
administration and records management and promoting archival
consciousness in the country. It provides financial assistance to
state archives, voluntary organisations and other custodial
institutions. It also conducts one-year diploma course in archival
studies and a number of short-term certificate courses.
Book Trust was established as an autonomous organisation in New
Delhi in 1957. Its
primary objective is to encourage the production of good literature
and make such works available at moderate prices to libraries,
educational institutions and the public.
Its other activities are promotion of Indian books abroad,
providing assistance to authors and publishers and promotion of
children's literature. The NBT organises the World Book Fair every alternate year.
It also participates in major international book fairs.
CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The National Centre
for the Performing Arts (NCPA) was established in 1966 as a
non-profit cultural organisation. The Centre is engaged in the
preservation and promotion of India's rich cultural heritage in
classical and folk music, dance and drama. It receives support from
the Government of India and International bodies, such as the Ford
Foundation and UNESCO. The Centre's aims and objectives are to (a)
establish a national centre for the classical, traditional and
contemporary arts and sciences of performance and communication,
(b) establish, equip and maintain schools, auditoria,
libraries, archives, museums, studios and workshops,
(c) organise, sponsor, promote, establish, conduct and
undertake scientific research, (d) disseminate knowledge, promote
appreciation, provide training and sponsor research in these fields,
(e) encourage and assist research scholars and teachers in the
fields and (f) grant loans, scholarships, awards or other financial
available with the NCPA include a 1010-seat concert hall (Tata
Theatre) used for concerts, dramas and international film festivals;
a 250-seat experimental theatre (Tata Experimental Theatre),
designed for experimental theatre productions; a 200-seat dance
theatre (Godrej Dance Academy Theatre) for dance and music; a
114-seat Recording Studio-cum-auditorium for archival recordings of
classical music (Little Theatre); Art gallery (Jehangir Nicholson
Museum of Modern Art) for the display of paintings and related arts;
Photograph gallery ( Piramal Gallery of the Centre for
Photography); Video Studio; Audio-Visual archival preservation vault
with a collection of over 4,000 hours of audio and video recordings
and a computerised database. It also has a Theatre Development
Centre, Scientific Music Research Laboratory, Publication division (Marg
Publications), Reference library ( N.M.Wadia Library of Music) and
an Opera Theatre.
CENTRE OF FILMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, took the initiative
in 1955 to set up the Children Film Society, India (CFS) with Pandit
H.N.Kunzru as its founder-chairman.
Some years ago the Children Film Society was renamed as the
National Centre of Films for Children and Young People (NCYP). An
autonomous body, the NCYP functions under the Information and
Broadcasting Ministry of the Government of India. Its objectives are
to advance education and culture through the medium of cinema,
especially among children and adolescents; to create and develop an
appreciation of films; and to undertake and coordinate the
production of films for distribution and exhibition specially suited
for children and adolescents in India and abroad. It also organises
an International Children’s Film Festival every alternate year.
Its first production was
(1956), followed by other films like
Ganga Bhavani, Anmol Tasveer, Dak Ghar, Rikki Tikki Tavi and
Kala Parvat. Presently, actress Jaya Bachchan is the Chairperson
COUNCIL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING
The National Council
of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), set up in 1961 as an
autonomous body of the Ministry of Education of the Government of
India, is an apex organisation in India for school education. NCERT
implements the policies and programmes of the Ministry of Education.
Its activities intertwine research, training and extension and span
the entire spectrum of education from pre-school to the senior
secondary stage. It functions through its eight constituent units,
namely, the five Regional Institutes of Education located at Ajmer,
Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong, the National Institute of
Education (NIE), New Delhi and the Central Institute of Educational
Technology, New Delhi and the Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central
Institute of Vocational Education, Bhopal.
NCERT is a major publisher of school textbooks, monographs
and journals. Every year it publishes about 300 titles covering
textbooks, research reports/monographs and teachers' guides. It
brings out six journals including Indian Educational Review,
Indian Journal of Education,
School Science and The
Primary Teacher in English. The NCERT develops and produces kits
such as Integrated Science Kit, Primary Science Kit and Mini Tool
Kit. It also organises the National Talent Search (NTS) examinations
and awards over 750 scholarships to children every year.
National Institute of
Education (NIE), New Delhi carries out research and development
functions related to pedagogical aspect of curriculum, prepares
prototype curricular and other supplementary instructional
materials, develops school education related data base and conducts
experimentation in pre-school, elementary and secondary stages to
ensure all round development of the learner. The
Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), located at
the NCERT Headquarters, performs educational media related research,
development, training, production and extension functions and
provides academic and technical guidance and support to the State
Institutes of Educational Technology.
Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational
Education (PSSCIVE), Bhopal organises research and development
functions related to vocational education in the school sector.
COUNCIL OF SCIENCE MUSEUMS
The National Council
of Science Museums (NCSM), Calcutta is an autonomous organisation
under the Department of Culture. Its wide range of interactive
programmes and activities are aimed at popularising science and
technology amongst the students, in particular, and masses in
general. The NCSM administers and manages 26 Science Museums/Centres/Parks
throughout the country. The Council has set up nearly 300 school
science centres in rural schools throughout the nation and has
regional centres at Bhopal, Nagpur, Gwalior and Allahabad.
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
The National Gallery of Modern Art
was inaugurated on March 29, 1954 at Jaipur House, near India Gate,
New Delhi. The gallery is the only institution of its kind in India
which is run and administered by the Government of India. It
represents the evolution of the changing art forms since the middle
of the 19th century.
The collection of the National
Gallery of Modern Art essentially comprises painting, sculptures and
graphics mainly by Indian and to some extent, international modern
artists. In order to emphasise the historical development of modern
Indian art, the collection focuses on the works of art of different
schools and groups which were formed during the 19th century. The
collection is well represented by the works of artists such as
Thomas Daniell, Abindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore,
Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Jamini Roy and Amrita Shergil.
The collection also includes
sculpture, graphics and paintings by international modern artists
such as Jacob Epstein, Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Lubarda and Kozo
NATIONAL FILM ARCHIVES OF INDIA
The National Film
Archive of India (NFAI) was established in February 1964, as a media
unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Its objective
is to acquire, preserve and restore the rich heritage of national
cinema, and the cream of international cinema. The archive has made
significant progress in the preservation of films, audio and video
material, documentation, research and dissemination of film culture
in India. The archive functions as the main repository for Indian
and foreign research workers for viewing film classics, relating to
their research projects. The Archives Distribution Library caters to
over 300 Film Societies and Film Study Groups in educational
institutions in the country. With its collection of over 15,000
films, the NFAI has been acknowledged as one of the major film
archives in Asia.
NFAI is a member of
the International Federation of Film Archives, since May 1969 which
enables it to receive expert opinions and material on preservation
techniques, documentation, bibliographies, etc and to exchange rare
films with other such archives under the archival exchange programme.
The Archive maintains a distribution library of 16 mm films (Indian
and foreign), which are loaned to film societies and others for
non-commercial study screenings. NFAI in collaboration with FTII
conducts an Annual Film Appreciation Course. Film buffs, teachers,
researchers, students and journalists join this course to learn
about cinema and its vital cultural role.
With its headquarters
at Pune, NFAI has at present three regional offices at Bangalore,
Calcutta and Thiruvananthapuram.
NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Set up in 1980, the
National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is the canalising
agency for the export of Indian films. The prime objective of NFDC
is to plan, promote and organise the integrated development of the
Indian film industry.
It is also a premier financer of good cinema.
It has co-produced several good movies like Kumar Shahani’s
Kaasba and Mira Nair’s
Salam Bombay. It was only after the government set up the Film
Finance Corporation (FFC, which in 1980 came to be known as NFDC)
that several small but serious film makers got the wherewithal to
make films, notable among them being Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani and GV
Iyer (with his maiden venture in Sanskrit, Adi Sankaracharya). The Corporation also partnered the making of
Attenborough's Gandhi and
financed Satyajit Ray's Ghare
Baire that was to be one of the last films of the master. The
two international co-productions recently completed are
Making of a Mahatma a joint venture between NFDC and the South
African Broadcasting Corporation and
Jaya Ganga an Indo-French venture.
co-produces and finances films and has also initiated a Theatre
Financing scheme in 1979. NFDC is the single largest exporter of
Indian feature film. NFDC markets films of private producers
internationally on commission basis. NFDC imports good commercial
films and distributes them in India. It rents out equipment like
video, 16mm camera, 35 mm cameras and other cinematic equipments.
Technical services like telecine, video duplication, editing and
nonlinear editing Beta AB roll etc. are also provided. NFDC also
undertakes turnkey installation and commissioning of equipment in
studios. Laser film subtitling and Video subtitling is done in many
Indian and foreign languages.
Maya--the Magic Shop is a dedicated computer graphics and
special effects production facility set up by NFDC. NFDC programmes
and markets feature films, serials and other programmes on
Doordarshan, India's national television network.
To fight video
piracy, NFDC, in collaboration with the Indian film industry has set
up an anti-piracy body, Indian Federation Against Copyright Theft (INFACT),
which is registered as a company under the Companies Act.
In July 2000, the
Government of India nominated Hema Malini to be the first-ever woman
chairperson of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
The NFDC has been without a formal board and chairperson since well
known Telugu film-maker DVS Raju resigned in 1993.
Calcutta serves as a permanent repository of all readings and
information material produced in India as well as printed material
written by Indians and concerning India written by foreigners,
wherever published and in whatever language. Under the Delivery of
Books Act, 1954 the National Library is entitled to receive one copy
of each publication published in the country. It is also a
repository of the United Nations publications. It renders
multi-faceted services and extends different types of
bibliographical assistance to numerous readers and scholars,
ministries and national and international organisations. Over 30
lakh books, besides periodicals, maps, manuscripts, newspapers and
microfilms totaling several million items are housed in the Library.
Invaluable and prestigious personal collections like the Asutosh
Collection, Jadunath Sarkar Collection, Buhar Collection and some
others are also in its possession.
Museum of India was established on August 15, 1949, in the Durbar
Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. Its main activities are in
the field of acquisition, exhibition, conservation, education and
publication of art objects. On December 18, 1960, the sizeable
collection was transferred to the present premises and the works of
art were thrown open to the public. There are 26 permanent galleries
in the Museum including the galleries on Buddhist Art, Tantra Art,
Decorative Arts, Evolution of Indian scripts and coins, Tanjore and
Mysore School Paintings and Jewellery Gallery. The Buddhist art
gallery, which has 84 select exhibits including the highly revered
sacred relics of Buddha (5th century BC) excavated from Piprawaha,
Basti district of Uttar Pradesh,
thankas, Kapardina Buddha from Ahicchhatra, Buddha's foot-prints
from Nagarjunakonda and scenes from his life from Sarnath. The
Tantra Art gallery displays 135 magnificent products of Tantric art
from various parts of the country, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet including
the famous Shri Ajit Mokerjee collection. The National Museum
Library has over 48,000 books on ancient and medieval history,
archaeology, fine arts and anthropology. The Museum provides access
to the reserve collection and library to museum professionals,
scholars and general public.
The National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and
Museology was set up as a Deemed University in 1989.
MUSEUM INSTITUTE OF HISTORY OF ART, CONSERVATION AND
Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology, New
Delhi is a "Deemed University" which has been functional since
1989. Its main thrust is acquisition of teaching aids and software,
setting up a slide studio, preparation of syllabus oriented video
films, awarding Fellowships and Scholarships and conducting seminars
and symposia. The Institute conducts M.A. and Ph.D. courses in three
disciplines History of Art Conservation and Restoration of works of
Art, Museology and Indian Art & Culture. The Institute also conducts
Diploma/Certificate courses in areas like Museum Administration and
RESEARCH LABORATORY FOR CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL PROPERTY
The National Research
Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC), Lucknow is
a subordinate office of the Department of Culture. It is a
scientific institution engaged in the conservation of cultural
heritage of the country. It
conducts research in materials and methods of conservation, provides
training in conservation and provides technical advice and
assistance to museums and allied institutions. It has a
well-developed library, which provides documentation services like
abstracting to other institutions.
Every year the laboratory conducts an orientation workshop
for Directors and Curators on preventive conservation and a
six-month training course for conservators. A regional centre of
NRLC for the southern region is functioning at Mysore since 1987.
The National School
of Drama (NSD) is one of the foremost theatre training institutions
in the world, set up by Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959. In 1975, it
became an autonomous organisation, financed entirely by Department
Several eminent actors, directors, script-writers, designers
and technicians of theatre, films and television are the products of
NSD. In NSD the students are exposed to a systematic and practical
performing experience of Sanskrit drama, modern Indian drama,
traditional Indian theatre forms, Asian drama and western drama.
Experts in each of these fields interact with the students to
broaden their horizons of talent. The students also go to different
regional centres to gain a first hand experience of the traditional
theatre forms. The School has a Repertory Company and
Theatre-In-Education Company in Delhi and a Regional
Resource-cum-Research Centre at Bangalore.
NAVA NALANDA MAHA
The Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda, Bihar, is an Institute for
postgraduate teaching and research in Pali language, Literature and
Buddhist Studies, functioning under the Department of Culture since
February 1994. The
Institute conducts different Post-graduate and Diploma courses like
Post Graduation in Pali , Philosophy, Ancient Indian and Asian
Studies and Diploma in Pali, Japanese, Chinese and Hindi, besides
Ph. D and D. Litt.
Nrityagram, located in Bangalore, is India’s first and only dance
village set up exclusively for the preservation of the seven
classical Indian dance styles and two martial art forms of India.
Founded by Protima Gauri in 1990 and designed by Gerard da Cunha,
the Nrityagram has a rich traditional architectural style. Nityagram
incorporates the Guru-Shishya
Parampara style of teaching in which the students live together
in the community and devote themselves to perfecting their dance
training over a number of years. Each
takes a maximum of six residential students. Nrityagram offers
training to its residential students for a period of 6-7 years, in
which time they will be trained to become leading professional
dancers and teachers. Regular workshops are conducted in creative
modern dance, Yoga, mime,
Aikido, sculpture and
Shorinji Kempo. Leading teachers and performing artists come
regularly for intensive workshops in classical dance. Each student
is taught to conduct lecture demonstrations, to teach dance and to
perform professionally. The students of Odissi and Mohiniattam have
over a hundred performances in India to their credit and have
received favourable reviews everywhere. Several of Nrityagram’s
Odissi soloists like Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy are now
performing independently. As part of their policy to take classical culture back to
Village India, Nrityagram hosts the annual
(Spring Festival) in February, which attracts thousands of people.