Indian Mime Theater has crossed a long and active forty-two years. Since its inception in 1976, IMT has experienced lots of successes and failures at times; it has faced many ups and downs; accepted appreciation and criticism with equal sincerity; confronted challenges and received cooperation with similar modesty. Indian Mime Theater has been working tirelessly for the development and promotion of Mukabhinaya (i.e.. Silent Acting – the Indian version of Pantomime). Mukabhinaya, through the persistent effort of Indian Mime Theater, has been able to achieve the status of a separate indigenous art form from the Government of India. Mukabhinaya as apart from European mime has elements of classical Indian dances in it.

The eminent pantomime artist of India Mr. Niranjan Goswami founded Indian Mime Theatre. IMT has since done lot of experimentation with this art form. The new form emerged was based on Natyashastra and hence is absolutely Indian. The training method that is developed by Mr. Goswami is also different. The movement, gesture or posture of Indian Mukabhinaya is more intricate and subtle. IMT has been producing both theme and story based short items and full-fledged mime-plays since its inception in 1976.

The organization has been utilizing this art as a medium of mass communication. In a multilingual country like India, it has been developed into an effective medium of communication. Mukabhinaya being a non-lingual art form, may be exploited as a very effective medium of communication to promote a product or service. The director of Indian Mime Theater, Mr Niranjan Goswami has done TV commercials for reputed Indian brands. Mukabhinaya again for its non-linguistic characteristics can very effectively be utilised to launch a new product/service on an all India basis. The recall value of Mukabhinaya will be more for its uniqueness.

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National Mime Institute

National Mime Institute

The National Mime Institute was established on 25th March 2016, realising the vision of Guru and Director of the Indian Mime Theatre, instituting a well-designed curriculum and training method for the development of Bharatiya Mukabhinaya​.

This is the only acting institute in India that has developed its curriculum on the basis of Bharatmuni’s Natyashastra. 

The institute offers a 1-year residential PG Diploma course in Mukabhinaya, nurturing talent for the stage as well as the screen.

Global Pantomime Connections

The Indian Mime Theatre is proud to associate and collaborate with mime artists and organizations from around the world – culminating in workshops, exchanges and festivals such as the India International Mime Festival.

The following is a greatly incomplete list of our friends and colleagues advancing the craft of pantomime in India and abroad.

Pablo Zibes, Germany