Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya was established in the year 1972 by the famous dancer academician Padmabhushan Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele. The college is permanently affiliated to University of Mumbai, assessed and accredited by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) with 'B' grade. It is a grant-in-aid institution recognized by the U.G.C. under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act 1956. The college has over the years grown and completed 43 years of its dedicated service in the field of dance education.
The Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya college of classical dances is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya has more than 150 students, 20 teaching staff and 7 non-teaching staff.” To “Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, the college of classical dances is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. The college has more than 150 students, 20 teaching staff and 7 non-teaching staff.
Currently the Principal of the college is Dr. Uma Rele , an alumni of Nalanda. She teaches both theory as well as practicals at various levels in the college. (From 2007 till date).
The college courses are designed and implemented to fulfill the following aims:
Preservation of traditional classic styles in their formal purity by imparting training through the traditional "guru-shishya parampara" method, (teacher-taught tradition)
Rejuvenation and adaptation of training methods to meet scientific and technological demands of the fast changing contemporary society
Conducting research projects that enhance the understanding, appreciation and knowledge about dance not only as a cultural phenomenon but also as an adjunct to human development.
The practical side of teaching is still being done in a traditional method; the theory is taken care of by academically trained dancers and professors. The university curriculum has added newer theoretical dimensions to the traditional practical training. The students are systematically taught the shastric sanction and basis of extant dance practice an aspect which is of utmost importance if the purity of dance practice is to be maintained and comprehended, but which is today absent from the traditional method of training. At the post-graduate level, the students take comparative theory papers on aesthetics, world theatre etc. and gain teaching experience. They also take up topics for research / investigation. Most importantly the students are systematically taught to choreograph items on traditional framework.
Over the years, Nalanda college has created an exceptionally well trained, highly qualified and scholarly generation of dancers who are not only proficient performers but also excellent theoreticians, analysers and teachers.
Due to the thorough grounding that they receive in both practical and theoretical aspects of classical dancing as also in the technique of teaching the Nalanda students are highly regarded as teachers also.
Since 1975 every year Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya students have been winning the National Scholarship for classical dancing given by the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.
The college has always been conscious of its role as a constructive and responsible part of the larger society. Thus it gives utmost attention to the overall development of the personality of students.