The Sangeet Natak Akademi – India’s national academy for music, dance and drama – isthe first National Academy of the arts set-up by the Republic of India. It was created by a resolution of Government of India. It was set up in 1952. 

  • 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. 
  • The academy Renders advice and assistance to the government of India in the task of formulating and implementing policies and programmes in the field. 
  •  It carries a part of the responsibilities of the state for fostering cultural contacts between regions in the country, as well as between India and the world. 
  • The Akademi Awards are the highest national recognition conferred on eminent artistes. 
  • Each year the Academy awards Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships, Ratna Sadsya, to distinguished individuals for their contribution to the field of arts, music, dance and theatre. 
  • Ustad Bismillah Khan award is given to young artists for their talent in the fields of music, dance and drama 

LALIT Kala Akademi 

  • For arts 
  • Set in 1954 
  • Rewards, spreads, researches  


  • Literature 
  • 1954 
  • 24 languages 
  • Head office – New Delhi  


  • Centre for Cultural Resources and Training  
  • Links education with culture 
  • 1979 
  • Creates awareness amongst students about the plurality, value of culture m teacher training , role of culture in science , education tours  

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