Sangeet Natak Akademi

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Sangeet Natak Akademi organized a variety of cultural programmes at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi as part of a campaign named, Kalanjali.

About Sangeet Natak Akademi:

  • Under Kalanjali , cultural programmes are to be organised at Central Vista every week. The programmes organised included Chenda Melam, Kathak Dance, Puppet Show, Manipuri Dance.
    • Panchari Melam is a percussion ensemble, performed during temple festivals in Kerala, India. Panchari Melam (or simply panchari), is one of the major forms of Chenda Melam (ethnic drum ensemble), and is the best-known and most popular in the kshetramvadyam (temple percussion) genre.
    • Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. It is the classical dance form of Uttar Pradesh.
    • Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets – inanimate objects, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer.
    • Manipuri Dance: Manipuri dancesencompasses both classical and folk dance forms. The Raas Leela is one of the major Indian classical dance forms.

Important points

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi – The national Academy of Music, Dance and Drama was created by a resolution of the (then) Ministry of Education dated 31 May 1952. The Akademi became functional the following year, with the appointment of its first Chairman, Dr P.V. Rajamannar.
  • Financed by the government of India, the Akademi functions as an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, and is registered under the Societies Registration Act.
  • The scheme of Financial Assistance to Cultural Institution is one of several schemes formulated by the Akademi to further its objectives.


Source : PIB