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. Established in 1959 as a constituent unit of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the School became an independent entity in 1975 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.
The School offers an intensive and comprehensive three-year course of training in theatre and the allied arts. Successful candidates are awarded a diploma in dramatic arts after complection of the course. Training is based on a carefully pianned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre, and in which theory is realated to practice. As a part of the training, students are required to produce plays that are then performed before public audience.
As part of NSD programme to set up regional drama schools the regional resource centre, Bengaluru has been upgrated to full-fledged Regional Drama School pending the construction of an independent building in the university campus. Presently, it organizes theatre workshops for the benfit of theatre workers in the Southern States (Karnataka, Andrapradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Pondicherry and the Lakshdweep Islands).