Born on 24 October 1957 in Dehradun, Shrimati Himani Shivpuri is a well-known actor in the Hindi theatre. After obtaining her Masters in Organic Chemistry, she joined the National School of Drama (1982) to receive formal training in theatre. She has also learnt Bharatanatyam.
A disciple of Ebrahim Alkazi, Shrimati Shivpuri also had the opportunity of learning the nuances of theatre while working with other masters such as Habib Tanvir, B.V. Karanth and B.M. Shah. After completing her course in the National School of Drama (NSD), Shrimati Himani Shivpuri joined the NSD Repertory Company where she worked as an A-grade artist for around 10 years. Shrimati Shivpuri has worked in over fifty major productions with eminent theatre directors and has performed all over India and abroad. Her major roles include Hamida in Hamida Bai ki Kothi (dir. Vijaya Mehta); Sauteli Maa in Tughlaq; Hajjo in Azar ka Khwab; Urvashi in Yamgatha (dir. Bhanu Bharti); Mitro in Mitro Marjani (dir. B.M. Shah); Desdemona in Othello (dir. Fritz Bennewitz); Sheelwati/Mahattarika in Surya ki Antim Kiran se Surya ki Pehli Kiran Tak; Umrao in Qaid-e- Hayat (dir. Ram Gopal Bajaj); Vasantsena in Sharvilak (dir. Bansi Kaul); Anya in Cherry Orchard (dir. Richard Schechner); Sujata in Dushman (dir. Habib Tanvir); Salma in Franz Kafka ka Muqaddama (dir. Mohan Mahrishi); Guljan in Fujiyama (dir. Prasanna); and Girl in Zindagi Yahan Wahan (dir. Dinesh Khanna). She has performed solo Akeli in World Women’s Playwright Conference in Mumbai, and has conducted a number of theatre workshops in Dehradun besides directing many plays. She has also taught acting in Mumbai University, and had been part of the selection committee at the National School of Drama. She has acted in many television serials and films.
Shrimati Himani Shivpuri has been felicitated by many institutions for her contribution to the field of Indian theatre.
Shrimati Himani Shivpuri receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.