ARUNDHATI SHANKAR NAG
Akademi Award: Acting
in 1956 in Delhi, Arundhati Shankar Nag was initiated
in theatre while still in her teens as a member of the Bombay branch
of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. There she had the
benefit of training and guidance under eminent artists associated with
IPTA, including M.S. Sathyu, A.K. Hangal, Kaifi Azmi and Balraj Sahani.
She then made a start as an actress in Marathi and Gujarati theatre
in Bombay, and marrying Shankar Nag moved to Bangalore and the Kannada
Arundhati Nag has presented over a thousand performances on stage, and
in several languages. Some of the major plays where she has played lead
roles as an actress are Khalid ki Khala, an IPTA production directed
by M.S. Sathyu, Shatranj ke Mohare directed by Ramesh Talwar, Neela
Kamra directed by Shafi Inamdar, Bikhare Bimb by Girish Karnad, and
Road to Mecca directed by Prasanna. Outside of acting assignments, she
has written dialogue for the television serial Malgudi Days, designed
costumes for Kannada films directed by Shankar Nag, and assisted director
David Lean on the film Passage to India. Over the past four years her
energies have been devoted to building up Ranga Shankara, an institution
in Bangalore founded by her to nurture the art of theatre. More than
seventeen hundred performances in twenty-four languages have been held
at this institution in Bangalore.
Shrimati Arundhati Nag is a recipient of the Karnataka
Nataka Academy Award (2006). She was conferred the Rajyotsava Award
by the Government of Karnataka in 2007. She has also received several
awards as an actress in the cinema.
Shrimati Arundhati Shankar Nag receives the Sangeet
Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as an actress.