Mansukh Joshi

Born in 1922 in Junagarh,Gujarat, Shri Mansukh Prabhulal Joshi received his Diploma in Dramatics from Natya Aca- demy, Mumbai, and was trained in stagecraft at the Bristol: Old Vic Theatre, England. Shri Mansukh Joshi has contributed to the Marathi and Gujarati stage as a scenic and lighting designer over .the past several decades. He has also worked for the promotion of Parsi theatre. Apart from his work in theatre, Shri Joshi is known for his research in the folk arts of western India. He has been associated with the Indian National Theatre’s Research Centre for Performing Arts, Gujarat, and has put together an impressive body of work including video and audio recordings. He is an active member of many cultural organizations and is currently Vice-President of Unesco’s International Folk Arts Association. Among other honours, Shri Mansukh Joshi has received the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award in 1993, the Gujarat Government Gaurav Abhinan- dan in 1994, and the Gaurav Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Gujarat, in 1996. He received a Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, in 1995- 96. Shri Mansukh Prabhulal Joshi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a scenic and lighting designer.