Born on 15 October 1984 in Srinagar, Kashmir, Shri Asheish Nijhawan began his
career initially as a painter at a tender age. After matriculation in 2000, Shri
Nijhawan joined a theatre group Natrang of Jammu. Later, he joined the theatre group
Asmita in Delhi and learnt the nuances of theatre for social awareness. He completed
his three-year Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatic Arts with specialization in Acting
from the National School of Drama, New Delhi in 2009, and joined the National
School of Drama Repertory Company. After a year's stint with the Repertory, he
went back to Jammu and conducted numerous workshops.
He kept working on major projects with directors such as Mfundo Tshazibane (South Africa) and Ovliakuli Khodhakuli (Uzbekistan). He has also participated in various international theatre festivals. Later he went to the London International School of Performing Arts, London on Inlaks Shivdasani International Scholarship in 2012 earning a two-year diploma in Physical Theatre course of Lecoq's Pedagody in Devising Theatre and Performance. Having earned a Fellowship in Acting (Grotowski's approach) under the NSD, New Delhi, Shri Nijhawan is currently pursuing a Junior Research Fellowship on Butoh Theatre under Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Shri Nijhawan directed his first play Laalach Buri Bala Hai in 2006. His other plays include Frozen Turbulance, Aayee Jammu Kashmir Ahai, Aalav, Bohraan - a Kashmiri play on Rabindranath Tagore's last speech Crisis in Civilization, Shakespeare's Richard the III, etc.
Shri Asheish Nijhawan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2012 for his notable talent as a director.