The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions
in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet
Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent
entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration
Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough,
comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and
in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are
required to produce plays which are then performed before the public. The syllabus
takes into account the methods of great theatre personalities who have shaped contemporary
theatre in all its variety. The systematic study and practical performing experience
of Sanskrit drama, modern Indian drama, traditional Indian theatre forms, Asian
drama and western dramatic protocols give the students a solid grounding and a wide
perspective in the art of theatre.