The Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) is an autonomous body set up by the Govt. of India under the administrative control of the Ministry of Culture, for the promotion of Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting Sculpture, Ceramic, Graphic and other Contemporary Plastic Arts forms, like Installation, Digital and Media Arts and Photography) in the country.

The Regional Centre of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, was established in 1978, for the above purpose in the region, and covers the art-related programmes of the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Pondicherry. Later, Maharastra, Goa and Lakshadeep werealso included in its charter of responsibilities.