Mohan Maharishi



Born in 1940 in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Shri Mohan Maharishi began his career in theatre with All India Radio in 1955. He graduated from the National School of Drama, Delhi, under E. Alkazi in 1965 with the Girish Ghosh and Bharat Awards. After a two-year stint in the NSD Repertory and the Berlin Ensemble, Shri Maharishi work- ed as a freelance theatre director and teacher in many Indian universities before joining Door- darshan. He went to Mauritius in 1973 where he initiated a youth theatre movement in Indian languages and served as Cultural Adviser to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. He served as Director, National School of Drama, from 1984 to 1988. At present he is a Professor in the Drama Department of Punjab University, Chandigarh. In 25 years of his career in theatre, Shri Maharishi has directed 45 plays. Notable among them are his Hindi pro- ductions of Indian playwrights including Adya Rangacharya, Badal Sircar, Girish Karnad, Mohan Rakesh and Dharamvir Bharati. His productions of Sartre’s Men Without Shadows, Anouilh’s Antigone, Brecht’s Mother Courage, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Kafka’s The Trial have been highly acclaimed. He has also directed an experimental film, Ek Tha Raja. Shri Maharishi received the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1991. Shri Mohan Maharishi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to theatre as a director.