Born in 1947 in Bombay, Shrimati Amal Allana attended the National School of Drama, Delhi, where she won the Girish Ghosh Award and the Best Director Award upon her graduation in 1968. Later she received training at the Berliner Ensemble, the National Theatre, Weimar, Volksbuhne, and Detusches Theatre, GDR.
Trained under her father, Shri Ebrahim Alkazi, formerly Direc- tor of National School of Drama, Amal Allana has directed more than forty plays including Mahabhoj, Himmat Mai, Nagamandala, King Lear, Hayavadana, Adhe Adhure, Ashad ka ek Din and Aurat Bhali Ramkali. Some of these have been acclaimed as landmark productions in Indian theatre. She was Head of the Depart- ment of Indian Theatre, Punjab University, Chandigarh, from 1977 to 1978, and is now visiting faculty at the National School of Drama.
Shrimati Allana has also directed serials and a number of plays for television — Adhe Adhure, Wapsi, Begum Barve, Lights Out, Char Chowghi, Devyani ka Kahna hai, Three Penny Opera, to name a few. She was the set decorator of Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi and has, besides, designed costumes for the films Saaransh, Inn of 6th Happiness, Mountbatten and Kim.
She has received many honours including awards from Delhi Natya Sangh (1994), Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi (1996), NFA (1991) and Czech TV (1982).
Shrimati Amal Allana receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as a director.