Indian National Theatre
The history of Indian theatre is the saga of changing tradition and an account of changing ritualism. Indian theatre is an effort of intensifying the social pattern in perhaps the most aesthetic way.
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Our Mission

It took the denizens of the brand new capital of truncated Punjab twenty years to settle down and think of art and culture. What is now the beautiful city named Chandigarh was a stretch of scrub where goats and camels grazed, with scant irrigation and sparse population. After housing, schools, hospitals and essential government buildings, came the landmark Indian National Theatre, a society for the performing arts promoted by a band of determined stout hearts. When Prithviraj Kapoor came for its inauguration in 1967, he emphasised that art and culture must inform and adorn the life of a city and that he saw a great future for the institution and the role it would play for Chandigarh. It is gratifying to record that Kanta Didi (Mrs. Saroop Krishen), one of its founding parents continues to take active part in its working despite her multifarious preoccupations including the running of her equally well-known creation the Chandigarh Blood Bank Society.

Several notables, (Late) Ustad Bismillah Khan, (Late) Pt. Kumar Gandharva, (Late) Ustad Vilayat Khan, Kishori Amonkar, (Late) Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and Begum Parveen Sultana among others have graced INT's stage and the well-known and much loved three-day Sangeet Sammelan has become a permanent feature on Chandigarh’s cultural calendar. Held annually in late October–early November, the event is eagerly looked forward to and has never failed to delight its patrons. They flock to it from all sectors of the tri-city area of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali as well as neighbouring towns.

The society is run by an executive committee, its accounts are audited by a well-known firm of auditors and in furtherance of its sworn objective to take the best in our lofty heritage to all sections of the people, especially the youth, admission to all its functions and concerts is free.

Already well known to the cognoscenti, we desire that in the years to come, our society brings Chandigarh in to the same league as Jalandhar, "Harivallab Sangeet Sammelan".