Moti Lal Kemmu

Born in 1933 in Srinagar, Kashmir, Shri Moti Lal Kemmu took his graduate degree from Jammu and Kashmir University in 1953. He received training in drama and theatre with Professor C.C. Mehta at M.S. University, Baroda, under a Government of India scholar- ship. He has also been awarded a Senior Fellowship (Literature) by the Department of Culture, Government of India. With his plays Teen Asangat Aikanki, Trunove, Tshai, Tota Ta Aana and Bhand Duhai, Shri Moti Lal Kemmu has established himself as an important dramatist in Kashmiri. Working in various capacities with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, he has also been actively involved with the promotion of the traditional Bhand theatre of Kashmir, as well as other arts including the Dhamali dance. He has orga- nized a number of workshops for actors and playwrights in Kashmiri, and has made a contribution to the promotion and documentation of the arts and culture of Kashmir. Shri Moti Lal Kemmu received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 for his play Natak Truche. He has also been honoured by the Jammu and Kashmir Government for his service to Kashmiri literature and arts. Shri Moti Lal Kemmu receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a playwright.