Ramji Bali



Born on 1 March 1974 in Faridabad, Haryana, Shri Ramji Bali received his training in theatre under a two-year course at the Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi, during the period 1994-1996. He graduated from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, with specialization in acting in 2001.
Shri Bali began his career in theatre in 1993 by acting in the play Bichchhu, a Hindi adaptation of a play written by Moliere, directed by Gulshan Walia. Later, in 1994, he joined the acting course at Shri Ram Centre. He began to run his theatre group named Zealot Theatre at Faridabad and directed many plays such as The Proposal, Ek Ladki Panch Diwane, Dulari Bai, etc. In 2001, he founded his present theatre group Theatrewala. The group has presented a mixture of Sanskrit and modern plays such as Mitti ki Gadi, Bhagawaddjukiyaam, Monalisa ki Muskan, etc., all of which have been directed by him. He has directed many Hindi short stories also. He has written six plays so far: Nalanda, Mujhse Pehli si Mohabbat Mere Mehboob na Mang (based on the life of Faiz Ahmed Faiz), Koi Baat Chale, Gulam Radharani ke (based on the life of Bharatendu Harishchandra), Sarat Chandra – Ek Awara Masiha, and Swami Vivekananda. Shri Bali is a well-known actor also.
Shri Ramji Bali is a recipient of a research fellowship for the Saang (Swang) folk theatre of Haryana awarded by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, and another fellowship for his work on ‘Importance of Hindu Mythology in Hindi Theatre’, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Shri Ramji Bali receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for his notable talent in playwriting in Hindi.