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FAMOUS THEATRE PERSONALITIES OF INDIA

  •   ALYQUE PADAMSEE

Alyque Padamsee, known as the Communications Guru of India, has immensely contributed to the advertising industry and the world of theatre. As theatre director he staged as many as 63 plays in 50 years, with several of them becoming box office hits. He has to his credit productions like Evita, Tughlaq and Jesus Christ Superstar. He is the author of a book, A Double Life in New Delhi. In the field of advertisement, Alyque Padamsee is recognised for his several innovative ad campaigns like the Liril, Kamasutra, Cherry Blossom Charlie Chaplin and Lalitaji of Surf.

  

  • FEROZ KHAN

He is one of the most accomplished contemporary playwrights who had taken the Hindi/Urdu theatre by storm with his wonderful plays like Tumhari Amrita, Saalgirah, Mahatma vs. Gandhi and Salesman Ramlal.

 

  • GIRISH KARNAD

Girish Karnad is a very renowned and talented playwright, director and an actor. Girish R Karnad was born at Mathern, Maharastra on 19 May 1938. He was educated at the Karnataka University, Dharwar and at Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar. After working with the Oxford University press for seven years, he resigned to concentrate on writing and filmmaking. His formidable works as a playwright include Yayathi (1961), Tughlaq (1964), Hayavadana (1971), Anjumallige (1977), Hittina Hunja (1980), Naga-Mandala (1988), Tale-danda (1990) and Agni Mattu Male (1995). All these plays were written originally in Kannada, but were translated into other languages including, Hindi and English. He has also produced several radio plays, which include Ma Nishada and Sindhuvalli Anathamurthy in Kannada. He has acted in several renowned films like Samskara, Vamsha Vriksha and Kaadu in Kannada and provided the script and direction for many Hindi films including Utsav and Cheluvi. Besides, he has acted in several Hindi feature films, television films and serials for Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal and others.

Karnad has been heaped with honours and awards, including the Mysore State Award for Yayathi (1962), Mysore Rajyotsava Award (1970), Homi Bhabha Fellowship for creative work in the folk theatre (1970-72), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1972), Kamaladevi Award of the Bharatiya Natya Sangh for the Best Indian play of the Year for Hayavadana (1972), National award for excellence in Direction for Vamsha Vriksha (1972), Padma Shri (1974), National award for the Best Kannada film for Ondanondu Kaaladalli (1978), the PadmaBhushan and the Jnanpith Award (1998).

 

  • MAHESH DATTANI

One of the leading contemporary playwrights of India, Dattani has produced 13 plays including one for the BBC.  His important plays include Do The Needful, A Muggy Night in Mumbai, Dance Like a Man and Final Solutions. Dattani won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988 for his play Final Solutions. 

 

  • PEARL PADAMSEE

Pearl Padamsee was a noted theatre and film personality who directed several upcoming stage artists in the musical Godspell and in another popular play Rise and Fall of Arturo Ui.  Her other notable directorial ventures in theatres include Gieve Patel's Princes, Van Italy's Serpent and Dostoevsky's The Idiot.  She was also a versatile actress, who is noted for her performance in Khatta Meetha, Baaton Baaton Mein, Junoon, Staying On and Such a Long Journey.  She died in April 2000 at the age of 69.

 

  • VIJAY TENDULKAR

He is one of the most renowned playwrights of the Marathi theatre. He is the author of several famous, though controversial, plays like Giddha, Khamosh - Adalat Jari Hai, Sakharam Binder, Ghasiram Kotwal, Kamla and Kanyadaan.  Vijay Tendulkar has been in the vanguard of Indian theatre for almost forty years. Vijay Tendulkar's provocative socio-political plays which relentlessly and ruthlessly explore the human psyche and the society never fail to raise a storm.  His first short story, Amchayar Kon Prem Karna, was published in 1947 and since then, this multifaceted writer has to his credit 28 full length plays, 25 one-act plays, and 16 plays for children. Many of his stories have been published in major Indian languages besides Marathi. He is the recipient of Katha Chudamani Award. 

  • ZOHRA SEHGAL 

She is a well-known stage artist, renowned for her acting in the famous play Ek Thi Nani. She has recently played a central role in the tele-serial Amma.

 

 



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