The Natya Shodh Sansthan (NSS) in Kolkata is the largest storehouse of archival materials on Indian theatre, and documents its entire history in different languages. The museum grew out of the theatre archive. The NSS slowly started displaying its archival materials to the public, and the museum was officially established in July 2019.
The museum’s collection includes:
• Photographs of rare theatrical performances and personalities, including photographs of Rabindranath Tagore as Valmiki in Valmiki Pratibha (1881)
• Advertising posters of various productions such as Roktokorobi, directed by Shib Mukhopadhyay
• Costumes used by the Bharatendu Natak Mandali in Varanasi between 1920–50
• The set model of the Nautanki stage
• A number of Chau dance masks
• Manuscripts and rare books
• Tickets to shows in Star Theatre from the early 1900s.
• Gramophone records
• Ancient musical instruments like the Rudra veena
The museum is associated with a number of donors and notable individuals, including Sri Sankha Ghosh, Dr Pratibha Agarwal, Sri Pabitra Sarkar, Sri Samik Bandyopadhyay, Lt Khaled Chowdhury, Lt B.D. Sureka and the Ford Foundation.