Satya Dev Dubey



Shri Satyadev Dubey was born on 19 March 1936 in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. He started his career in theatre at a young age while still in college. He was inspired to work in the field of drama by Shrimati Uma Anand and Shri Vijay Anand. Shri Parshwanath Atlekar and Shri P.D. Shenoy were also initial guiding influences in Shri Dubey’s theatre career.
Passionately involved in theatre for more than five decades, Shri Satyadev Dubey was responsible for the great exchange of plays that happened between Hindi, Bengali, Kannada and Marathi theatre in the sixties and the seventies. He produced with great distinction the plays of eminent modern Indian playwrights such as Badal Sircar, Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh, Girish Karnad, Adya Rangacharya, and Dharma Vir Bharati. He also produced the plays of many western playwrights. Some of his highly acclaimed productions were Hayavadana, Aadhe-Adhure and Evum Indrajit. He is credited with the discovery of Dharmavir Bharati’s radio play Andha Yug. Shri Dubey’s contribution to Hindi theatre was significant for the success it received in a predominantly non-Hindi speaking area.
His association with cinema saw him writing dialogues and screen-plays for critically acclaimed Hindi films like Ankur, Nishant, Bhumika, and Junoon. His much sought after theatre workshops and lecturedemonstration sessions were a big draw with both amateurs and professionals alike. He received several national awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1971 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Shri Satyadev Dubey was elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre. To our deep regret, he passed away on 25 December 2011. He is posthumously conferred the Tagore Fellowship of the Akademi.