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National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi

An autonomous institution, fully financed by the Government of India, Ministry of Culture.
Bahawalpur House, 1 Bhagwandas Road
New Delhi
Phone-No: 011 - 23382821
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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 the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. 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 the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and 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 syllabus takes into account the methods of great theatre personalities who have shaped contemporary theatre in all its variety. The systematic study and practical performing experience of Sanskrit drama, modern Indian drama, traditional Indian theatre forms, Asian drama and western dramatic protocols give the students a solid grounding and a wide perspective in the art of theatre.

Besides its 3-year training programme, the School has also explored new vistas in the areas of children’s theatre and decentralization of theatre training through workshops under the Extension Programme.

The School has two performing wings – the Repertory Company and Theatre-in-Education Company.
The Repertory Company was started in 1964 with four artistes - Shri Ramamurthy, Ms. Meena Williams, Ms. Sudha Shivpuri and Shri Om Shivpuri - with the objective of providing a platform where graduates of the School could perform plays professionally. Over the years it has presented works of various playwrights and directors who have been associated with it and has evolved into one of NSD's major institutions, working on contemporary and modern plays as well as introducing experimental work on a regular basis. In addition to doing productions, it organizes its own Festival, where past and new productions are introduced and staged each summer. NSD’s Repertory Company also tours and performs extensively in India and abroad.

The second performing wing the ‘Theatre-In-Education Company’ (Sanskar Rang Toli) was established in October 16, 1989, and is one of the most important theatre education resource centres in the country. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children. The major focus of the 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 that encourages children to raise questions, take decisions and make choices with an awareness of themselves within the larger social context. The 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.

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Miscellaneous Courses 3 Years . 26 Feb 2014 n

Course Name:

Diploma in Dramatic Arts DDA

in National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi
Course Description:
Diploma in Dramatic Arts (DDA)
Eligibility and Selection Procedure for Diploma in Dramatic Arts DDA in National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi

1.            Graduate in any subject from a recognised University in India or abroad.

2.            Participation in at least 6 productions.

3.            Working knowledge of Hindi & English.


Medium of instruction: Hindi / English


Age Limit as on 1.7.2014 Minimum 20 years Maximum 30 years. The upper age limit is relaxed able by 5 years for SC / ST candidates only.


Reservation for SC/ST/ Physically Disabled Persons: Out of 26 seats, 4 seats are reserved for candidates belonging to scheduled castes; 1 seat is reserved for scheduled tribes; 5 seats are reserved OBC (except Creamy Layer as notified by Government) and physically disabled persons, as per Govt, of India rules.


Selection: The Expert Committee constituted by the School will assess the aptitude and talent of the candidates & its decision will be final. Any CANVASSING in this regard will be treated as a disqualification.


Centers for Preliminary Test: A preliminary test will be conducted at five Centres i.e. Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai & Guwahati. The candidates qualifying in this test will have to attend a workshop of 4 / 5 days in the School premises for their final selection for which they will be paid D.A. and II class train / bus fare from the place of their residence to Delhi & back by the shortest route, on submission of ticket / cash receipt and will also be provided accommodation on modest sharing basis.


Financial Assistance: All selected students will be given monthly scholarship of Rs.6000/- to meet their academic and other expenses.


Physical Fitness: The students selected for admission will undergo a medical test for physical fitness. The preliminary selection is subject to the clearance of fitness test.

How To Apply:
Application Procedure for Diploma in Dramatic Arts DDA in National School of Drama, NSD, New Delhi

To receive the application form and prospectus (in English & Hindi) by post, please write to Academics Department, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi -110001 with a crossed Demand Draft/ Pay Order, payable at Delhi, of Rs. 225 (Rupees two hundred twenty five only) including Postal Charges, in favour of The Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi. All requests for receiving the form by post should reach the school by 30.03.2014.

The application form & prospectus will also be available from the Book Shop of the National School of Drama from 15.03.2014 to 15.04.2014 on cash payment of Rs. 150/-, between 10.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm on working days.

The application form can also be downlaoded from the school website . The downloaded application form should be sent alongwith a Demand Draft of Rs. 150/- in favour of The Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi in an envelope titled APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION 2014-17. Forms sent in envelopes without this will not be entertained.

Application forms duly filled-in must reach Academics Department, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi -110001 on or before 15.04.2014. No application will be entertained after this date.

Applicants who have been applying for the last 3 years but did not qualify in the preliminary interview need not apply. However, applicants who qualified in the preliminary interview but could not clear the final interview for the last 2 years may apply.

Closing Date:
15 Apr 2014

Last date for Submission form: 15th April, 2014

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