It was inaugurated by the distinguished violinist, Yehudi Menuhin on 13 February 1964. Methodical collection began in 1968 with the Akademi organizing an exhibition of about 400 folk and tribal musical instruments in Delhi. There are about 600 musical instruments, out of which 250 are on permanent display representing instruments from different streams of music. The instruments have been classified as: Wind instruments including Bansuri and Nagaswaram; String instruments including Dilruba and Veena; Percussion instruments including Tabla, Mridangam, Bortal and Ghatam. Among the rare instruments are the Kachwa Sitar of North India and Gettu Vadyam of Tamil Nadu.
Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road