Three years after National School of Drama (NSD) Bengaluru chapter was launched with fanfare in 2007, the premises on Wednesday was the centre of furore after the state government evicted students and faculty due to non-payment of rent dues by the institution.
The eviction was done after on the notice was given by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports (DYES) citing NSD’s long pending dues. Meanwhile, the students have been protesting outside the Guru Nanak Bhavan in Bengaluru demanding the reversal of the decision.
DYES in its reports said that the building located at Tank Bund Road was allotted to NSD for a period of three-years on the rental basis. Talking to the media, Anupam Agarwal, director of DYES said that the building was given on rent until NSD built their own facility.
He alleged that NSD continues to use their property despite having built their own structure. “At least 4-5 notices were given to NSD before the move,” added Anupam Agarwal.
Reportedly, the rent agreement has already been extended three times in the past. DYES gave a 30-day deadline vacate the building in May 2017. Apparently, NSD has to clear the dues to the tune of Rs. 20 lakh.
As the theatre property was thrown out of the building, the students continued their protest outside the building.
Meanwhile, NSD was planning to also use the building to host Theatre Olympics starting February next year.