Rajinder Nath



Born in 1935 at Dalwal, now in Pakistan, Shri Rajinder Nath received training in theatre arts at the Asian Theatre Institute in Delhi. After a spell as a drama critic for Hindustan Times in Delhi, and while teaching English literature at Delhi University, he took to theatre in 1967 when he joined Abhiyan of Delhi as its director. It was as the director of Abhiyan that Shri Rajinder Nath made his most significant contribution to Indian theatre in general and Hindi theatre in particular. He set for himself the goal of attempting plays written only in Indian languages. He successfully directed a number of plays for Abhiyan and for other leading theatre groups including the National School of Drama. By his creative work as director, Shri Rajinder Nath has helped to focus attention on the need for Indian theatre to find its own roots and inspiration.
Shri Rajinder Nath has been honoured thrice by the Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi with the Award for the Best Production of the year for his production of Panchhi Aise Aate Hain, Guinea Pig, and Ghasiram Kotwal. He was a participant as a director in the theatre workshop arranged by the Max Mueller Bhavan in 1972. He has also travelled to West Germany and the USA on theatre study tours. Shri Rajinder Nath has been the director of Abhiyan and Shri Ram Centre for Art and Culture in New Delhi. Both the institutions are still guided by him.
For his eminence in the field of theatre Shri Rajinder Nath received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction (1977).
Shri Rajinder Nath is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre.