A graduate of Dramatic arts from the National School of Drama. Ratan Thiyam is a designer, music composer, choreographer, lighting expert, costume designer, architect, play writer, painter and poet. He is recognized as one of the most influential figures of theatre in the world today for his oeuvre and for his formidable grasp of the blending of classical with contemporary ones.
He found the Chorus Repertory Theatre Company in Imphal in 1976. He has directed more than 50-productions of original, adaptation and translated plays and produced world class productions including Chakravyuha, Urubhangam, Uttar-Priyadarshi, and Blind Age. Hey Nungshibi Prithivi and Nine Hills One Valle, which are known as masterpieces in the theatre movement and have been extensively throughout the globe.
He has been conferred with Padmashree (1989) by the Indian Government. He is also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow(2012) and numerous other prestigious Award (Greece, 1984), National Academy Award (Sangeet Natak Akademi, 1987), Fringe Firsts, Edinburgh International Theatre Award (1897), Diploma of Cervantino International Festival ( Maxica, 1990), Nandikar (1992), La Grande Medalille (France, 1997). International Man of the year in the field of Theatre and Humanism (1998-99), B.M Shah Award (2000), B.V Karanth Smriti Puruskar (2004), Kalidas Samman (2206), NETV People’s Choice Award (2006) , SIU-KA-PHA National Award (2006), Late Hawaibam Nilamani Singh Award (2007), Theatre Centre Award (2007), John D.Rockefeller Award (Asian Cultural Council, New York, 2007), Alkazi Foundation Award (2008), Critics Forum Award (2008), Manipur State Kala Akademi Award (Literature, 2010), Chaman Lal Memorial Award (Life time achievement Award), By the Chaman Lal Memorial Society, New Delhi (2011), Bharat Muni Samman (2011), 2nd Bhupen Hazarika National Award (2013), Nalanda Bharta Muni Samman (2013).
He has also received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) conferred by Rabindra Bharat University, Kolkata (2008) and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature ( Honoris Causa) conferred by Guwahati University 2010, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature ( Honoris Causa) conferred by Assam University, Assam.
He has participated as visualize, Choreographer and presenter in Asian Festival (Hong Kong). Festival of India in UK, Festival of India in USSR, Festival of France in India, and also Artistic Director, Designer, choreographer in Festival of India in Germany.
About Director NSD New Delhi
An eminent theatre personality with a graduation in Arts and a one-year proficiency certification course in Dramatics from Dr. Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, NSD alumnus Prof.Waman Kendre, prior to Joining NSD, served as professor and Director, Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai (2003-2013).
His teaching experience spans almost thirty years, and he has conducted more than two hundred and fifty workshops on varying aspects of theatre, in India and abroad (America, Mauritius). He has done practice-oriented research on the Folk and Ritualistic Theatre of Kerala, and had been a Research Associate with the Theatre Development Centre, NCPA, Mumbai, for nine and a half years.
He has been actively involved in administrative and organizational running of reputable organizations like NCPA, University of Mumbai, and Rangpeeth, Mumbai. He has held positions of eminence in advisory committees and governing councils including Vision Plan committee (NSD). Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha (Govt.of Maharashtra). Advisory Committee Dept. Of Drama (Rajasthan University, Jaipur), Governing Council & Executive Committee (West Zonal Cultural Centre, Udaipur), Academic Council (Univ. of Mumbai). Vision Plan committee (Govt. of Goa), Advisory Committee of All India Radio & Doordarshan (Govt. of India), Society of Governing Council (SRFTII). He is also a member of XI th Five year plan performing Arts. Planning Commission, Govt. of India.
His productions Zulwa (2005), Madhyam Vyayog (2004), Jannemann (NSD Rep. 2002). Tempt Me Not (NCPA, 1992), Nati Goti (1990), Gandhe ki Barat (SRC, 1988), Ladi Nazariya (NSD, 1994). Saiyyan Bhaye Kotwal and Rajdarshana (with IPTA. Mumbai-1985 & 86) are still considered to be landmarks owing to their sensitive approach towards the sufferings of those sections of society that are rarely talked about. His play ‘Char Divas Premache’ celebrated its 1000th show on 1st May 2009. He holds an undertaken record for being the single person to win all three positions for Best Play & Best Director, at all the Government of Maharashtra State Professional Drama Competition in 1989. His multifarious contribution in the field of theatre have been acknowledged with various awards including the National Award conferred by the President of India for Theatre Direction ( Sangeet Nataka akademi, 2012), the first Manohar Singh Smriti Puraskar (Instituted by NSD & the Ministry of Culture. Govt.of.India. for outstanding multifaceted contribution to the field of Theatre Arts, 2004), the Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya Award (1989), Eight times Maharashtra Gov. Stated Award . Sahyog Foundation Award (1999), Marathwada Gaurav Award (2002), Maharashtra Times Award (2006). Natya Darpan Awards (1989, 1992, 1996), Padmashri Daya Pawar Smriti Purskar (2007), and State Award for Best Music (Priya Bawari, 2012) among others.
About Centre in charge
Suresh Bhardwaj (born 6 June 1955) is an Indian theatre, film and television director as well as a lighting and scenic designer. He is the director of (Aakar Kala Sangam) (AKS), a Delhi based theatre group and is currently in charge of the National School of Drama‘s regional centres at Bengluru, Gangtok (Sikkim) and Agartala (Tripura). He is also a faculty member of the National School of Drama In 2005 he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for lighting design from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, and Dance & Drama.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Bhardwaj received his education in the city. He holds an M.A degree. He subsequently joined the National School of Drama in his home city where he became a research fellow in the extension wing of the school before his 1981 promotion to technical director at Rangmandal in the Bharat Bhavan arts complex, Bhopal.
In 1985, Bhardwaj formed the theatre group Sambhav in Delhi, bringing together an artists’ ensemble that became a landmark phenomenon in modern Indian theatre and which featured in the research work of eminent art scholars. The same year, he shifted his emphasis to film, television and cinema and worked in various capacities as a writer, director and scenographer as well as for various satellite channels and public television broadcaster Doordarshan as a freelance director, designer and writer. Bhardwaj conceived and directed many popular programmes including Aap Ki Adalat for Zee TV as well as Aasmaan Kaise Kaise, Lekhu, Gumraah, Uth Jaag Musafir, Apne Apne Sapne and many more for Doordarshan.
Bhardwaj joined the faculty of the National School of Drama as visiting professor in 1988 and was appointed a regular faculty member in 1991 as a lecturer in stage lighting. He was promoted to the post of associate professor (theatre architecture) and is currently working as a Professor. He served as dean of National School of Drama from 2000 to 2002, and was also appointed Professor of Extension Programmes in February 2002. Bhardwaj is currently a professor at this pioneering Indian institute.
- NationalSangeet Natak Akademi Award (2005) from Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam Azad for National Achievements in the theatre and allied arts.
- Special ROSCO (UK) award from the Chaman Lal Memorial Society for excellence in theatre.
- Habib TanveerRang puraskaar-2011 by Ras Kala Manch, Haryana.
- Pataliputra Award, a national award conferred by ‘Praangan’ Patna for lifetime achievement in drama.
About Camp Director
Basavalingaiah, the current Director of the National School of Drama Bengaluru Centre is an active Indian theatre director and activist. He was a former Director of ‘Rangayana’ and Assistant Director in the National School of Drama Regional Resources Centre (RRC).His theatre journey begun with the active involvement in ‘Samudaya’ a street theatre movement. He studied master’s degree of theatre arts, specialization in direction at National School of Drama, New Delhi. He received many awards and honours including Karnataka Nataka Academy award and Karnataka state Rajyostava Award.
In 2010, first time in the Indian theatre history Basavalingaiah directed a mega play for the Rangayana Repertory. It is a nine-hour long play staged in 4 different open areas involving 150 artists. It is stage adoption of Kuvempu’s 800 page novel ‘Malegalalli Madumagalu’ (The Bride of the Mountains).This play was staged 15 times in Mysore and 45 times in Bangalore and nearly 60,000 people witnessed the play.
In 2009, Basavalingaiah directed another mega production ‘Manushya jaati Tanonde Valam’ for the information and publicity Department, Gov of Karnataka. This was a light and Sound production involving 300 artists from all over Karnataka. The play exposes 2000 years of Karnataka history in two hours Music was composed by Sri Hamsalekha, one of the leading music Directors of Kannada film Industry.
He has directed several landmark plays in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Assame and Malayalam.
His Outstanding Kannada plays are Kusumabale, The Road, Gandhi v/s Gandhi, Shoodra Thapasvi, Tippuvina Kanasugalu, King Oedipus, Jangamadedege.