Born on 11 September 1961 in Jammu, Shri Mushtaq Kak is a well-known theatre director. A former director of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, New Delhi, Shri Kak has been continuously working on new plays, and conducting workshops nation-wide.
Shri Kak started working in theatre as a back-stage artist, and as a designer of lighting, costume, make-up and sets. Later he turned towards directing plays. He has directed plays in Dogri, Urdu, English and even Sanskrit language. Shri Mushtaq Kak has directed more than 100 plays including Manto-Ba Qalam Khud, Main Manto Hoon, Siyah Hashiye, Kahani Kahani (based on short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto), Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, Jean Paul Sartre's Men Without Shadows, Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, Krishan Chander's Ek Gadhe ki Wapsi and Ek Gadhe ki Atamkatha, Dilli-6 based on William Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, Oma in Dogri based on Shakespeare's Othello, and Shakespeare's Macbeth in Dogri, Sharad Joshi's Alladad, Mahesh Elkunchwar's Vasaansi Jeernani, Dharamputra and Holi, Vasant Kanetkar's Kasturi Mrig, Moti Lal Kemmu's Nagar Udaas, Federico Garcia Lorca's The Blood Wedding, Meera Kant's Kali Baraf, Premanand Gajvi's Mahabrahman, Chekhov in My Life based on Lydia Avilov's autobiography and Max Frisch's Andorra. A recipient of both Junior and Senior Fellowships of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri Mushtaq Kak has conducted many production-oriented theatre workshops.
For his contribution to the field of theatre, Shri Mushtaq Kak has been felicitated by many reputed institutions including the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Srinagar/Jammu; and the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.
Shri Mushtaq Kak receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.