National School of Drama, better known as NSD is an autonomous institute under the Union ministry of culture. Established in the year 1959, it is a theatre training institute with a deemed university status, set up by the Sangeet Natak Academy. Students of the institute are intensely trained with the help of a well-planned syllabus under which every aspect of theatre is carefully covered.
During their course, the students of the institute, who are required to produce and perform plays before the public, get a solid hold on all aspects of theatre during their training. NSD consists of two performing wings called Repertory Company and Sanskar Rang Toli or the Theatre-in-Education company.
While the repertory company was established in the year 1964 and is into production works, organizing festivals and presentation of old and new plays, the Theatre-in-Education company was set up in 1989 and includes a group of actors turned teachers who work with and perform for kids.
This company mostly concentrates on productions that are curriculum-based creative plays that are enacted at schools for children of different age groups and hosts yearly theatre fests called the Jashn-e-Bachpan and Bal Sangam.
NSD has its own publication unit too, where text books on theatre are published and publications on theatres are translated from English to Hindi. NSD also has its regional resource centres across India, the first of which was opened at Bangalore in 1994.
NSD is renowned for hosting Bharat Rang Mahotsav – an annual national theatre festival held at New Delhi, which is believed to be the biggest theatre festival in the whole of Asia. Furthermore, NSD is that school which has produced some of the best of actors who have gained name and fame in the Indian film and television industry.
Here are names of a few popular actors who have graduated from the prestigious institute: Nasiruddin Shah, Irfan Khan, Om Puri, Ashutosh Rana, Anupam Kher, Om Shivpuri, Manoj Bajpai, television actors like Sudha Shivpuri, Himani Shivpuri, Ratna Pathak Shah, Deepa Sahi and many others.