SONG AND DRAMA DIVISION
Song and Drama Division was set up in 1954 as a unit of All India Radio and was given the status of an independent media unit in 1960 as a Subordinate office of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The Division has 12 Regional Centres at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chennai, Pune, Calcutta, Bangalore, Ranchi, Dehradun and Raipur. It has nine Sub-Centres located at Bhubneshwar, Hyderabad, Patna, Imphal, Jodhpur, Darbhanga, Nainital, Shimla and Srinagar (Jammu).
Border Publicity Scheme was introducted in Song and Drama Division in 1966 with the objective to boost up morale of the people along the sensitive international boundaries and keep them bound to the country’s unity and integrity. The Border Publicity Centres are situated at Jodhpur, Jammu, Shimla, Nainital, Darbhanga, Imphal and Guwahati. In 1967 Armed Forces Entertainment Wing was set up with a view to entertain the Jawans posted in forward areas. Of the nine troupes one is located in Chennai and the rest at Delhi. A new medium, an amalgam of Sound, Light and Live action was adopted by Song and Drama Division in 1967 after seven years of successful trial. There are three Sound and Light units one each at Delhi, Banglore and Allahabad. In 1981, the Division set up a tribal centre at Ranchi for pacticipation of tribals in the programme activities for the welfare of the tribal people. The scheme covers Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
The Song and Drama Division puts up field programmes in coordination with the sister media units of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Central/State Government Departments and voluntary organisations. The Division works in close coordination with the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Defence, Rural Areas and Employment, Welfare, Human Resource Development etc.