Born on 7 October 1964 in Amritsar, Shri Kewal Dhaliwal is a leading director and actor in the Punjabi theatre. He has also contributed significantly towards providing t raining to new theatre artists in Punjab. An alumnus of the National School of Drama specializing in design and direction, Shri Dhaliwal has been associated with the North Zone Cultural Centre, Chandigarh, the Language Department of the Punjab Government, and Sangeet Natak Akademi in advisory capacities. He is at present Chairman of Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Shri Dhaliwal has directed over a hundred and fifty productions and has acted in more than a hundred plays. Among these are some conceived by himself based on the poetry of Surjit Paatar, Pash, and Hasham, and on the paintings of Van Gogh, Dali, and Munch. He has organized month-long theatre workshops to train new theatre workers annually at Amritsar since 2001. Performance-oriented workshops organized by him have also been held in Patiala, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kurukshetra, and Delhi, besides about eighty children's theatre workshops all over Punjab. His workshops abroad have been held in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, the United States, and Norway. Shri Dhaliwal's theatre group Manch Rangmanch has been organizing a ten-day all-India theatre festival in Amritsar since 2003. He has designed sets, lighting, and costumes for over seventy plays such as Mohan Rakesh's Ashad ka ek Din, Lorca's Blood Wedding and House of Barnada Alba, Shiv Kumar Batalvi's Loona , Eugene O'Neill's Desire under the Elms, Shakespeare's King Lear, and Dostoyevski's White Nights, A prolific writer on the theatre, Shri Dhaliwal has published a number of books including plays for children and adults. His book of plays, Natrang, is on the M.A. syllabus for Punjabi literature at Jammu University.
Shri Dhaliwal has been bestowed the Manohar Singh Smriti Puraskar (2006) by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2006), and the Shiromani Natakkar Award of the Language Department of the Government of Punjab.
Shri Kewal Dhaliwal receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.