In memory of Bhartendu Harishchandra, father of Modern Hindi Drama, Department of Culture, Government of Uttar Pradesh established Bhartendu Natya Kendra in August, 1975 aiming to impart professional training in various aspects of theatre. Systematic training in dramatic arts commenced on 5th April, 1976. Two Year Diploma Course started in 1981 along with institute being renamed as Bhartendu Natya Academy of Dramatic Arts (BADA) popularly known as BNA. Financed by Department of Culture, Government of Uttar Pradesh. Academy is an Autonomous Body.
Core objective of Academy is to impart profound training in theatre. During two year PG Diploma course at the Academy, an intensive training is imparted in Indian and Western theatre/drama emphasizing on Acting: movement, voice and speech, mime, improvisation, stage-craft: theatre architecture, scenic and set design, costume and make-up designing, light designing, direction and production process. Eminent theatre personalities of national and international repute are invited as visiting faculty in addition to regular faculty of the Academy.
BNA is housed in its own four storied building comprising of studio theatre, two auditoriums with the latest equipments and technology, modern class rooms, library equipped with latest books and audio-visual aids, computers with internet facility etc. to create an environment conducive to teaching and learning. Professional repertory has also been established to promote theatre in remote areas of the state. It performs within and outside the state in rural and urban areas as well.
In addition to regular diploma programme, the Academy organises various theatre workshops in different cities of the state to impart theatre training. These workshops assuredly create awareness for the theatre.
From time to time Academy organizes theatre festivals in association with other national institutes, academies and other cultural centres along with district administration to introduce national and international theatre to the trainees and to entertain theatre lovers.
Introductory knowledge of theory and practical of Film and T.V. Production process is also imparted to final year students to make the trainees aware of the media. After completion of two year Diploma Course, one year internship is also provided to deserving candidates.
The Bhartendu Academy of Dramatic Arts has made a mark in the country by its artistic and creative productions. Academy is striding a steady headway towards accomplishment of its objectives.
Address: Bharatendu Bhawan, Vikas Khand-1, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, Pin Code – 226010
Telephone: 0522-2398466, 0522-2300598