Located among a plethora of renowned theaters, in the sensitive Mandi house area, the National School of drama was established around 1959 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its units. This entity and foremost training center gained momentum only in 1975 when it became a separate entity, financed and aided by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The National School of Drama(N.S.D) has two performing wings, set up especially for those who want to excel in creative theater and later go on the voyage of taking theatre and film making at a professional level.The two wings namely, Repertory and Theatre in Education are targeted for the same thing, for providing fresh National School of Drama aspirants to take on the world of acting and directing with utmost honesty and approach the problems with all knowledge and proper judgments.The Company organizes its own festivals every summer. During this festival, old and new productions are selected and staged.It also performs extensively on tours in India and abroad.
The Theatre in Education programme is mostly for children and the course lasts for 3 years. Besides this, there are other short duration courses & workshops especially during summers to make children more proactive and get a knowledge about the basics of theater. The National Theater Festival is generally held each year in January. Children and adults are given training in acting, stagecraft and other subjects. Under the direction of Padma Award winner E.Alkazi, from the year 1962, the school did outstandingly well and achieved the designation of being the premier theater cum training institute in India. Notable alumni include actors such as Anupam Kher, Om puri, Naseerudin Shah and many more. The National School of Drama has considerable contribution in the overall growth of India Cinema and theatre.
There are not many who appreciate theatre in India. This is ironical because the NSD is a popular name among all foreign actors and visitors and the people in India are not very excited about this stage of amazing performances. The depth, understanding and emotions related to acting are the most intense while you are on the stage with a live audience and not only does the audience gets to see the real actor in you but an actor himself/herself learns and unlearns, discovers and rediscovers. The journey from a young aspirant in NSD to a grown up adult in the film industry is something all actors cherish.
One of the most influential and talented theatre directors, Ebrahim Alkazi has been a pioneer when it comes to the world of theatre. He has been a part of the Progressive Artist's Group and the Head of the National School of Drama. For more information about him, visit the official website.
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