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National School of Drama, New Delhi, Delhi
National School of Drama, New Delhi, Delhi
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Bahawalpur House, 1 Bhagwandas Road
New Delhi (District New Delhi)
Delhi, IndiaPin Code : 110001
National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Deemed University. National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi is also known as NSD Delhi. National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi was established on / in 11.03.2005.
National School of Drama is situated in New Delhi of Delhi state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. New Delhi comes under New Delhi Tehsil, New Delhi District.
Fax # of National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi is 011 233 84288.
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Website of National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi is http://nsd.gov.in.
Contact Details of National School of Drama, New Delhi Delhi are : Telephone: +91-11-23382821, 23387137
CoursesThree years diploma course in Dramatic Arts
Profile of National School of DramaIntroduction
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 Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1959 as one of its constituent units. 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 Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Besides the training programme which is of 3 years duration, the School has explored new vistas in the areas of Children's Theatre and decentralization of theatre training through workshops under the Extension Programme. In 1999, the School organized its first National Theatre Festival, which was christened Bharat Rang Mahotsav and is generally held during the second week of January each year.
The training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a through, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre 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 admission to the School is restricted to 23 students in the first year of the course. The selection of students is done on the basis of screening on an all India basis.
The School has two performing wings - Repertory and Theatre-in-Education. The Repertory Company was set up with the aim of providing a platform for graduates to produce and perform creative theatre on an experimental and later professional basis. 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 second performing wing Theatre-in-Education was established in 1989 with the objective of promoting theatre amongst children in the age group of 8 to 16 years. Later renamed The Sanskaar Rang Toli. It has completed more than 600 performances across the country.
In addition to these two wings, the School also has an active Extension Programme, Publication Section and a literary forum named Shruti.
National School of Drama (NSD) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. National School of Drama was set up in 1959. It is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. NSD has two performing wings: (1) The NSD Repertory Company, which does professional and experimental theatre in the country and abroad, ii) Theatre-in-Education Company, which is purely devoted to educate children and perform children plays in the country and abroad.
National School of Drama offers a three year course leading to post graduate diploma in Dramatic Arts. The course offers specialization in direction, acting and stagecraft. The Diploma in Dramatics from National School of Drama is equivalent to any Post-Graduate Degree and is eligible for appointment as teachers in colleges and universities and is also eligible for the registration to Ph.D. programs.
Every year 20 candidates are admitted to National School of Drama. Out of 20 seats, 4 seats are reserved for SC/ST candidates. Essential qualifications for admission are as follows: (1) Graduate in any subject from a recognized University, (2) Proficiency in Hindi and English, (3) Active participation in at least 6 plays or in any other theatre related activity, (4) The applicants age should be between 18 to 30 years. The upper age limit is relaxed by five years for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
The selection of students is done on the basis of screening on an all India basis. The screening process comprises of two stages. Stage I: An audition or practical test of the candidates at the institute's four centers in Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai is held. Stage II: Candidates, who clear the first stage successfully, go through a 3-5 day workshop on the campus of NSD, New Delhi. The final selection is made on the basis of the potential shown by the candidates in the workshop.
The origins of the school can be traced back to a seminar in 1954, where the idea of a Central institution for theatre was mooted, subsequently a draft scheme was prepared in 1955, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi, which had Jawaharlal Nehru as its president, started drawing plans for the institution. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Delhi, Bharatiya Natya Sangh (BNS) with assistance from UNESCO, independently established the 'Asian Theatre Institute' (ATI) in 1958.
In the following year, the government merged it with the newly founded school, and thus NSD was established in 1959 under the auspices of Sangeet Natak Akademi (Government of India). Initially the school was situated at Nizamuddin West and its first batch passed out in 1961. During his tenure as the director of the institution, Ebrahim Alkazi not just overhauled the syllabus, but also designed two theatre for NSD, including a 200-seat studio theatre, and the open-air 'Meghdoot theatre', under a banyan tree.
In 1975 it became autonomous organization, under the Ministry of Education and Culture, Department of Culture, with the name 'National School of Drama' and relocated in May 1975, to its present premises at Bhawalpur House, also known as Mandi House. In 1999, the School organized its first National Theatre Festival, 'Bharat Rang Mahotsav', generally held during the second week of January each year.
On 16 March 2005, the Govt. of India, declared its new status as a deemed university., and in 2008, the institution celebrated its golden jubilee at its annual theatre festival, 'Bharat Rang Mahotsav', with a gathering of its alumni from all over the country.
The National School of Drama Repertory Company is the School's professional performing wing and is responsible for introducing contemporary and modern productions in the country and abroad.
The National School of Drama Repertory Company was started in 1964 with four artistes, namely Shri Ramamurthy, Ms. Meena Williams, Ms Sudha Shivpuri and Shri Om Shivpuri. The company presented works of various playwrights and directors who have been associated with it from time to time. The objective of the Repertory Company was to provide a platform to the graduates of the School in their academic interest and to perform plays professionally. However, with the passage of time, it became one of NSD's major institutions working on contemporary and modern plays and introducing experimental works on a regular basis. Apart from doing productions, it also organises its own Festival in the summers, where past and new productions are introduced and staged.
The National School of Drama Repertory Company is housed at 1, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi-110001.
Theatre In Education
Theatre In Education Company (Sanskar Rang Toli) of National School of Drama was established on October 16, 1989, and is one of the important educational resource centers in the country.
TIE Company consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children. The major focus of TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum based and participatory plays in schools specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups. The major thrust of the plays is to create an atmosphere to encourage children, to raise questions, make decisions and choices with an awareness of themselves within larger society. TIE Company has done more than 800 performances of 26 plays in Delhi and other parts of the country. More than 5.5 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays.
Head Ya Tail
The National School of Drama's TIE Company will be holding performances of its new production Head Ya Tail, directed by Jayoti Bose, from the 7th to 10th of April 2009, at the Sri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, New Delhi. Regular shows will be from 6:30 p.m. daily and additional shows will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the 7th and 10th of April.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 20 (for children) and Rs. 40 (for adults) and will be available at the NSD Reception, Bahalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi, from 2nd April onwards between 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm on all working days and one hour before the show at the auditorium as well.
The most recent performances made by the TIE Company were as follows:-
Sab Kuch Chakachak
On the 8th and 15th of September the play Sab Kuch Chakachak was staged at the Ved Vyas DAV Public School (Vikaspuri) and Jesus and Mary College, respectively.
This story is about 5 children studying in an affluent public school in Indrapuram, Ghazaibad. One of these children, Harish, is the son of a farmer who lives in Bajheda, a nearby village. These children are given a task by their teacher to make a presentation on the topic 'Future India'. As they start rehearsing, a series of incidents reveal certain realities. These happenings change their perspective towards the idea of progress and development. Connected to the broader contexts of globalization, liberalization and the more immediate aspects of displacement, this play written by Ms. Vibhawari Deshpande and directed by Ms. Kirti Jain is a sensitive and poignant reflection of disturbing realities of our world today.
Hello to Myself
From 15th to 19th December 2008, the artistes of the Company went on a tour to Kolkata where they performed their play, Hello to Myself, devised and directed by Tripurari Sharma, at the Nandikar Theatre Festival, Kolkata.
The 'devised' play dealt with the issue of knowing oneself better and befriending one's uniqueness. It gives us the feel of the immense and intense intricacies of growing children - the many complexes that are present within them for valid reasons of their own; the umpteen moments of happiness and failures; the multiple attempts by these children to overcome all these hurdles, and most of all, of the sense of triumph experienced by these children when these hurdles are overcome. Rajinder Sharma 'Nanu' was Assistance Director and the play was devised and directed by Tripiurari Sharma.
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