National Museum for Performing Arts
Museum and Gallery of Musical Instruments
The main aim of the Sangeet Natak Akademi is the preservation and promotion of performing arts in India. In furtherance of its objectives, the Akademi, together with its manifold activities maintains a museum and gallery of musical instruments. It showcases the rich heritage and legacy of performing arts as well as musical instruments from different regions of the country. While on the one hand it provides research material to scholars and specialists it has been useful for documentation work, for students of all levels, and to those members of the general public who are interested in performing arts and music.
Gallery of Musical Instruments- “Asavari”
The Gallery of Musical Instruments was inaugurated by the distinguished violinist, Yehudi Menuhin on 13 February 1964. Methodical collection began in 1968 with the Akademi organizing an exhibition of about 400 folk and tribal musical instruments in Delhi. Acquisitions have been made regularly since then, and the holdings supplemented by gifts from musicians and visiting troupes.
The gallery has also a variety of masks from all over India. These include Chhau masks of Jharkhand, Zari masks of Uttar Pradesh and Krishnattam masks from Kerala.
The large collection of puppets in the museum include the Kathputli ( string puppets) of Rajasthan, Benir Putul ( glove puppets ) of West Bengal, Kalasutri Bahulya ( string puppets) of Maharashtra, Tolu Bomalatta ( shadow puppets) of Andhra Pradesh and many more.*
A number of exhibitions of musical instruments, masks and puppets from the Akademi’s collection have been held in India and other countries. Some of the notable exhibitions of musical instruments abroad were in Hong Kong (1979), Rome (1987), and Moscow (1987). A two-day seminar on folk instruments was organized in 1968 on the occasion of the exhibition of musical instruments in Delhi. An exhibition on the theme of ‘Changing Perspectives in Music’ was presented on the occasion of the India International Music Festival in February-March 1993.
Seoul (Putul Yatra) 11-13th Oct 2006
Sangeet Natak Akademi's Library
Over the years the Akademi has acquired a small but specialized collection of books on music, dance, and drama comprising over 20,000 volumes. The books are chiefly in English and Hindi, although several other Indian languages are also represented, such as Marathi, Bengali and Tamil. A number of journals of performing arts, Indian and foreign, are available in the library; the files of back numbers are especially useful to researchers. The library also maintains files on personalities in the performing arts, consisting of clippings from newspapers and periodicals.
The library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
A minimum 15-20 users visit the library on any given working day, making it one of the most sought after special library.
Photostat facilities are available at the library on all working days.
Computerisation and Digitisation of Biographical Information.
A refundable library security deposit of Rs. 100/- for bonafide students and Researches & Scholars. Out station Scholars are exempted from the requirement.
On an average 200 books are referred by members everyday.
Dewey Decimal Classification 20th Edition with Exclusive scheme Division for Indian Dance, Drama & Music for Library.
Anglo American Cataloguing rulesII (AACR-II) for Books & Non-Books materials.
Meghdoot Theatre I (Open Auditorium)
Meghdoot Theatre II (Semi open Auditorium)
Meghdoot Theatre III