Ram Dayal Sharma



Born on 2 May 1946 in Samai, Rajasthan, Shri Ram Dayal Sharma hails from a lineage of Nautanki, Swang, Bhagat, Rasia, Rahas and Rasleela folk theatre practitioners. Since childhood he was groomed in the nuances of Nautanki under Pandit Ram Swaroop Sharma and Pandit Manohar Lal Sharma of the Samai-Khera (Rahasdhari) Gharana. As a singer, composer, writer, actor and director he has revived vintage scripts of Nautanki like Syah Posh, Amar Singh Rathore, Indal Haran, Satyavan Savitri, Puran Mal, Mastani Gujari, Padmavati, Jhansi ki Rani, Harishchandra, Taramati among others. As a writer Shri Sharma has created Swang-Nautanki scripts on contemporary issues like Beti ka Byah, Mission Suhani, Subah ka Bhoola and numerous others. He has given over 2500 performances all over the country and abroad like Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Thailand, U.K., Norway, Russia and U.S.A.
Shri Sharma has taught, conducted seminars and workshops, and given lecture-demonstrations in various reputed national and international organizations, institutes and universities like National School of Drama; Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts; Sahitya Kala Parishad; Jamia Milia Islamia; University of Delhi; University of California, Berkeley U.S.A.; and South Asia Institute, University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A., among others. In 1992, Shri Sharma was invited by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London to deliver talks on Nautanki and Indian folk music and theatre.
Shri Ram Dayal Sharma has been conferred honorary titles, Brij Kokila and Brij Papiha, by various national and international organizations like Braj Yuvak Mandal Kosi Kalan, Mathura; and the Community of India in Oregon (Portland), U.S.A. respectively. At present he is the Chairman of Brij Lok Madhuri, a non¬governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of Nautanki and India's folk theatre traditions.
Shri Ram Dayal Sharma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2014 for his contribution to Nautanki of Uttar Pradesh.