Cultural and Entertainment Centres
Sahitya Kala Akademi
The Akademi was inaugurated on 12th March 1954. It was described as a national organisation which would be dedicated to working actively for the progress of Indian culture and raise the literary standards among all the Indian languages and for the promotion of cultural unity across the country. Now, the Akademi functions as an autonomous organisation.
The organisation has made numerous contributions to the linguistic sphere through seminars, readings, performances, symposia and discussions. It has made a serious effort to promote the literary culture through publication of periodicals, monographs and creative works of various genre and compilations of encyclopaedias and bibliographies. The cultural establishment has brought out more than four thousand and two hundred books. The Akademi is famous for holding numerous seminars at regional, national and international levels.
Lalit Kala Akademi
The Lalit Kala Akademi is one of the very few national agencies which functions towards the promotion of visual arts including paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, ceramics and the field of fine arts. It is a government-run institution and is funded by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The Akademi promotes research in the field of creative arts. Many national and international level seminars are conducted every year. The purpose of the Lalit Kala Akademi is to promote and preserve the traditional Indian art forms. It awards many scholarships to the artists for outstanding contributions in the field of art. The place is an excellent visit for those who are artistically inclined.
Sangeet Natak Akademi
This establishment was inaugurated on January 28, 1953 by Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Sangeet Natak Akademi became the first national level academy of art to have direct patronage from the Indian government. It has made a consistent progress in the endeavour of preserving India’s cultural heritage through the promotion of music, dance and drama.
The Akademi works in association with numerous state governments and other art organizations in the country. It has created many institutions across the country. Some of the prestigious institutions include:
· National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi
· Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance, Academy in Imphal.
· Kathak Kendra or the National Institute of Kathak Dance in New Delhi.
Sangeet Natak Akademi organizes seminars and conferences on art-related topics. The archives section has numerous audio/video tapes and photographs which are rare. The library has over 22,000 books. It houses a museum-cum-gallery displaying many musical instruments.
This place is famous for hosting numerous tourism-based culinary, artistic, scholarly and culinary fairs and exhibitions throughout the year. It is imperative for anyone in Delhi to visit any of the national or international fairs that are held here.
Even in the absence of any particular theme-based event, some permanent stalls can always be found there. These are usually occupied by the artisans and small-scale industries from the SAARC nations and a large number of Indian state pavilions.
The state pavilions exhibit products manufactured by cottage industries as well as big companies which showcase products from various categories including:
· Apparel and Clothing
· Architecture and Designing
· Business Services
· Computer and IT
· Education and Training
· Electronics and Electricals
· Fabrics and Textiles
· Gems and Jewellery
· Gifts and Handicrafts