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Nalanda Dance Research Centre is recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. This is the only dance institution in the country to be awarded this prestigious honour.

Nalanda Dance Research Centre, a non-profit public trust, is a premier institution enjoying a unique position in the world of dance and education. Established in 1967 by the renowned dance exponent and scholar Dr. KANAK RELE as an institution to impart traditional training in classical Indian dancing.

Nalanda blossomed by 1973 into a unique three-tiered institution with foundation classes for pre-university children, “Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya” a College of classical dancing affiliated to the University of Mumbai providing formal academic education and its different departments for post-doctoral and fundamental research.

Pioneering achievements of Nalanda which have justifiably earned it the premier position because of:

1. Acceptance of formal academics in dancing at the university level
2. Recognition of dance as a full fledged discipline for scientific research

1972 University of Mumbai (based on Nalanda’s proposal) introduced :

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Master of Fine Arts (Dance)

Ph. D. in Dance



1973 Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya

First exclusive college for dancing in the country affiliated to a premier university.

This strong academic approach at Nalanda has naturally created an ideal infrastructure and highly qualified personnel for conducting research in dance and allied arts.



2015 Introducing 2 courses :

Master of Fine Arts (Movement Science)

Certificate Course in Folk Dances of Maharashtra and Gujrat

Dr. Kanak Rele
Founder Director