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Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Fine Arts): 29 Mar 2024


  • Inaugurated in New Delhi on August 5th, 1954, by the then Minister for Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
  • Established as the youngest of the three Akademies founded by the Government of India, in line with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision for cultural and national identity.



Formation Year

Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA)

New Delhi


Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA)

New Delhi


Sahitya Akademi (SA)

New Delhi


Purpose and Functions:

  • Promotes Indian arts within and outside India.
  • Registered as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
  • Operates through its General Council, Executive Board, and other Committees.
  • Serves as the apex cultural body for visual arts in India, fully funded by the Ministry of Culture.
  • Publishes bi-annual art journals: Lalit Kala Contemporary (English), Lalit Kala Ancient (English), and Samkaleen Kala (Hindi).

Why in News:

  • The Ministry of Culture has recently curtailed the powers of the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) Chairman, barring him from taking any administrative actions without consulting the ministry.