Born in 1949 in Patiala, Shri Mahendra Kumar started designing for Theatre in 1969 while he was still a student in the Government College of Art, Chandigarh. He passed out from the college with a distinction of winning top merit scholarship throughout his five years’ training. In addition, he has two Master’s degrees in Punjabi Literature and in Fine Arts History. He has done his PhD in Design. He joined the full- time regular faculty of Arts College and started teaching at his own alma mater in 1971. In 1973, he joined the Panjab University as Scenic Designer of the Department of Indian Theatre. During his 38 years in the Department, he has designed all major productions of the Department in addition to teaching Scenic Design and Stage Craft to the students of M.A. He also guides PhD students research theses in Theatre Arts. He is presently Professor and Chairman of the Department. He has actively contributed to workshops for training young theatre artists held by Sangeet Natak Akademi across the country. He has received State Award conferred by Chief Minister of Punjab in 1976 and Best Design Award by Asian Artists Association, Glasgow in 1982. Shri Mahendra Kumar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Indian theatre as a scenic designer.