Born on 16 November 1932 in Chinchkhari village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Shri Krishna Borkar went into the theatre as a make-up artist at the age of eleven. He has had a long, chequered career in the field working in the professional Marathi theatre, the new art theatre, as well as the cinema in Bombay. Currently, he is teaching make-up at the Academy of Theatre Arts, Mumbai.
Starting with his first play Sudachi Pratidnya (1943), Shri Borkar has worked with a number of successful directors in the mainstream theatre. Keshawrao Date is one among that number. Some of the successful productions with which he has been associated as make-up artist are Deepstambh, Goodbye Doctor, Swami, Gaganbhedi, Chhawa, All the Best, Rangangan, Priya Bawari, and Madhyam Vyayog. Over the past six decades, he has worked with leading theatre institutions such as Chandralekha, Rangsharda, Natyasampada , and Shrirangasharda. In the Bombay cinema, Shri Borkar has worked with Rajkamal Kala Mandir as an assistant make-up artist in films such as Navrang and Do Aankhen Barah Haath directed by V. Shantaram.
Shri Krishna Borkar has received felicitations for his work from several institutions such as Natyadarpan (1977). He has received prizes such as the Baba Vardam Smrutee Paritoshik, the ]yotsna Bhole Paritoshik, and the Manohar Kadam Smruti Puraskar. He has also received an award from the Culture Department of the Government of Maharashtra.
Shri Krishna Borkar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a make-up artist.