Born on 31 July 1956 in Delhi, Shrimati Tripurari Sharma is a well-known playwright and director in the Hindi theatre. A graduate of Delhi University, she took her diploma in direct ion at the National Schoo l of Drama in 1979. She joined the School faculty in 1996, and is now Professor of acting at the institution. Currently, she also holds charge as Director of the National School of Drama.
Society and its underbelly, human lives and possibilities, have been at the heart of Shrimati Sharma's work in the theatre . Thus she has brought centre stage issues concerning women, children, workers, tribal peoples, the ill and the outcast consistently through her productions. Much of her early work was presented through the group Alarippu , which she established in 1983 with the express purpose of generating social awareness among people. This group presented successful plays such as Reshmi Rumaal (1986) on the lives of women in cloistered homes; Daire (1989) dealing with the relationship of mother and daughter; The Gift, and Gadariya Raja - all written and directed by herself.
Subsequently, Tripurari Sharma has worked with various other theatre groups produ ing plays such as her own Bahu (1979) presented by the SRC Repertory Company as well as lndraprastha College, directed by Bhanu Bharati and Rati Bartholomew respectively; Vikramaditya ka Nyayasan presented by Lok Kala Akademi, Ujjain; Birsa Munda (1981), presented by Nacha artists of Raipur, Chhattisgarh , and Chhota Nagpur; and Kath ki Gadi (1984) presented by the NSD Repertory Company. Her other significant plays include Banjh Ghati (1986) on the Bhopal gas tragedy, directed by Alakhnandan; Azeezun (1999) on the tawaif of Kanpur; Beech Beech Shahar on the Gujarat pogrom of 2002; and Shifa (2010) on the lot of HlV-positive patients. Besides her own plays, Shrimati Sharma has directed classics such as Vijay Tendulkar's Khamosh Adalat jari Hai! (1978), Indira Parthasarathy's Nandan Kathai (1980), Mohan Rakesh's Adhe Adhure (1992), Lorca's House of Bernada Alba (1999), Brecht's Galileo, Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Shakespeare's Othello (2011). Her plays Bahu, Aks Paheli, Kath ki Gadi, Reslnni Rumal. and Azeezun have been published in book form, the last in English translation. Shrimati Sharma has contributed articles on drama in several books and periodicals.
Shrimati Tripurari Sharma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre.