A Miniature Sheet consisting of 3 nos. of postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee of Sangeet Natak Academy, The National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 22, 2003
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Miniature Sheet Size : 13.90 x 8.30 cms.
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Number Printed : 0.8 million stamps each in sheets of 30 and 0.1 million miniature sheets
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
- Civilization is mirrored in its cultural patterns. The classical arts portray not merely its roots but also its developments. They provide a visual commentary on and are a concrete manifestation of abstract thought. Indian art has blossomed through the centuries by virtue of the patronage accorded to it by the various kings and statesmen who ruled the country. Post-independence India felt the need to preserve and promote the rich and vast cultural heritage expressed in diverse forms of music, dance and drama. And thus was born the Sangeet Natak Akademi on 28 January, 1953 with the objective of providing an institutionalized system of support and patronage to the performing arts.
- The thought behind the establishment of the Akademi is best expressed in the words of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the then Union Minister of Education:
“India’s precious heritage of music, drama and dance is one which we must cherish and develop. We must do so not only for our own sake but also as our contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind. Nowhere is it truer than in the field of art that to sustain means to create. Traditions cannot be preserved but can only be created afresh. It will be the aim of this Akademi to preserve our traditions by offering them an institutional form …. In a democratic regime, the arts can derive their sustenance only from the people, and the state, as the organized manifestation of the people’s will, must, therefore, undertake …. maintenance and development [of the arts] as one of [its] first responsibilities….“
As the apex public body in the field of performing arts, the Sangeet Natak Akademi has not only opened new vistas for our art traditions, it has also fostered cultural contacts among the various regions in India and between India and the world. Besides, it renders advice and assistance to the Government of India in formulating and implementing policies and programmes in the field of performing arts. At present, the Akademi is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India and is fully funded for implementation of its schemes and programmes. The Akademi has also established institutions like the National School of Drama, Jawahar Lal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy at Imphal and Kathak Kendra – National Institute of Kathak.