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The Sangeet Natak Akademi at New Delhi is the academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

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The Sangeet Natak Akademi (Academy) was established by Government of India in 1953 as an autonomous organization; promotes development of music, dance and drama; holds seminars, competitions, music festivals etc; gives grants to outstanding performing artistes, grants to institutes of music, dance and drama, financial aid to traditional teachers and scholarships to students; subsidizes and publishes research on performing arts; its tape and disc library has the largest collection of (Indian) classical, folk and tribal music and of dance and drama material; conducts two national institutes for imparting training in dance and drama – Kathak Kendra, New Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academy, Imphal; helps in developing marionette and puppet theatre in the country, folk theatre costumes and equipment (masks, puppets, etc.) of which it has a representative collection in Yavanika (its own gallery); awards prizes for books in Indian languages and English in these three fields; makes eminent performing artistes Fellows of the Akademi; presents annual awards to outstanding artistes; conducts certain types of research in these fields; has its own gallery, Asavari of classical, folk and tribal musical instruments.

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