Born on 24 October 1959 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Shri Kamal Jain has been practising theatre professionally for over thirty years. In the early phase of his career, he worked with director B.V. Karanth for Rangmandal in Bhopal, whom he acknowledges as a mentor in the field. For Rangmandal and other groups he acted in about a hundred productions before changing course to take up stage lighting. He was motivated to make this change working with eminent lighting designers such as Tapas Sen. He benefited also by working with Suresh Bhardwaj and Ashok Sagar Bhagat, lighting designers on the faculty of the National School of Drama in Delhi.
In the course of an active career on the stage, Shri Kamal Jain has designed lighting for more than three hundred plays including Tendulkar’s Ghasiram Kotwal (1982), Kalidasa’s Malavikagnimitram (1982), Mohan Rakesh’s Adhe Adhure (1982), Bharatendu Harishchandra’s Andher Nagri Choupat Raja (1982), Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana (1983), Ibsen’s Janta ka Shatru (1984), and Peter Terson’s Football (1989), directed by B.V. Karanth, Alakhnandan, Bansi Kaul, Shyamanand Jalan, Rudraprasad Sengupta, and others. Mohan Rakesh’s Lahron ke Rajhans (2005) and Jayvant Dalvi’s Sandhya Chhaya (2006) are two of his notable stage productions as a lighting designer. Shri Kamal Jain has also designed lighting for dance performances and dance-dramas presented by Mandwi Singh and Ranjana Gauhar. Besides, he has done lighting for presentations of folk dances of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. He has been felicitated by several institutions for his work in theatre.
Shri Kamal Jain receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a lighting designer.