Born on 29 August 1954 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Parvez Akhtar is an eminent theatre director and designer. After completing his postgraduation in Indian History and Archaeology from Patna University, he received a PG Diploma in Archaeology from the School of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. A retired Director of Museums, Government of Bihar, Shri Parvez Akhtar is currently devoting his full time to theatre through a theatre group Natmandap established by him in 2001.
Inspired by the traditional theatre of Ramlila, Shri Parvez Akhtar began his theatre career with some of the local amateur groups in Barauni and Begusarai during the early seventies. In 1975 he came in contact with the reputed theatre director Satish Anand. Shri Akhtar played major roles in various plays directed by Shri Anand. He has acted in and directed plays produced by various theatre groups including IPTA with which he worked for 18 years, and other institutions such as Anaagat, Prerna and Prachi apart from his own theatre group Natmandap. Since 1975, Shri Parvez Akhtar is continuously experimenting with popular theatre idiom and has directed more than 50 theatre productions of varied nature. The plays directed by him have featured in major festivals across the country. He has been involved with various projects, such as - Theatre Days with Peter Brooks, and his plays – Satya Harishchandra (1986), Mukti-Parva (1988), and Door Desh-ki-Katha (1989) had featured in the East Zone Theatre Festivals under Sangeet Natak Akademi’s ‘Scheme for Assistance to Young Theatre Directors’.
Shri Parvez Akhtar has been felicitated by a number of institutions for his work in the field of theatre.
Shri Parvez Akhtar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.