Nissar Allana



Born in 1946 in Mumbai, Shri Nissar Allana took his Bachelor’s degree in medicine in 1971. In 1974, he attended the Schaubuhne Am Halleschen Ufer in Berlin, where he studied stage design under Karl Ernst Hermann. Largely self-taught, he has worked as a designer in the theatre and television over the past three decades. Shri Allana has designed sets in numerous productions by notable theatre directors in India. His work has attracted attention in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard directed by Richard Schechner (1983), and his wife Amal Allana’s pro- ductions of Brecht’s Mother Courage (1993), Girish Kar- nad’s Nagamandala (1998), and Mahesh Elkunchwar’s Sonata (2002). He has also designed productions for the German directors Rolf Stahl and Egil Kipste. Shri Allana has designed sets for a number of teleplays and serials including Mullah Naseeruddin and Raj se Swaraj Tak, and he was set decorator in Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi. He was appointed designer and coordinator for performing arts events present- ed during the Festival of India in the U.S.A. Together with his practice of stage design, Shri Allana has taught the subject at several institutions. He has been on the visiting faculties of the National School of Drama, Delhi, the Bharatendu Natya Akademi in Lucknow, and the Kala Akademi, Goa. He has given guest lectures in the Theatre Department of the University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A. Shri Allana is currently Director of the Dramatic Art and Design Academy in Delhi. He has written on stage design in several periodicals, and has been a contributing editor of TDR, edited by Richard Schechner. The Delhi Natya Sangh honour- ed him with an award for his work in 1980. Shri Nissar Allana receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to stagecraft in Indian theatre.