The National School of Drama is India’s most reputed school of theatre. It is situated in New Delhi and is an autonomous body, which comes under the umbrella of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The school has produced some very fine actors and other artists. The school aims at developing the art of theatre while keeping the ancient teachings still intact.
The idea of opening such an institution can be tracked back to 1954. A bill was drafted and forwarded in 1955 upon which the Sangeet Natak Akademi started working. The Asian Theatre Institute was formed in 1958 under the guidance of Bharatiya Natya Sangh and UNESCO. In 1959 the government converted this institute and thus the National Institute of Drama came into existence, which was under the Sangeet Natak Akademi. A new dawn had come upon the horizon of India to uplift the art of drama and theatre.
The school has produced some very marvelous actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapur and Surekha Sikri. Naseeruddin Shah has won the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and National Film Award for best Actor. Om Puri bagged the Padma Shri and the National Film Award for best actor. Needless to say National School of Drama is about pure arts and nothing else. The school inculcates teachings of the highest form without any compromise of any ground.
Every year hundreds of students apply for National School of drama out of which only 26 are selected. With the large number of people opting for performing arts, the selection is getting difficult each year. The school is today regarded with the highest respect and is honored greatly because of it’s teaching methods and the alumni chapter.