Born on 1 January 1981 in Gavadia village of Aul town in district Kendrapada,
Odisha, Shri Nalini Nihar Nayak is not only a well-known theatre director of
Odia plays, but also an actor, designer and music composer. He earned his
Master's in Drama (Direction) from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. Currently
he is pursuing his PhD in Analytical Practice with Classical Indian Theatre. He
has also learnt Chhau dance in Mayurbhanj style. Currently a Student Activity
Officer at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he has also taught in
various schools of acting run by theatre groups in Odisha.
During his theatre career so far Shri Nayak has directed more than fifteen plays such as Bijaya Swain's Swara Varna (2004), Manoj Das' Baghra Rohana (2005), Subodh Patnaik's Ethuante (2005), and Girish Karnad's Nagamandala (2007) including plays written by him such as Anewala Pal (2002), Gatitwam (2003), Akhir Kaun (2012) and Small and Cute (2012). He has acted in numerous plays since 1998 including adaptations of Sophocles' King Oedipus directed by Nabin Parida (2002) and J B Priestley's Do Sandhi directed by Ajit Das (2003), Ramesh Panigrahi's Mahanataka directed by Pradeep Das (2000), Panchanan Patra's Fasha directed by Ajit Das (2001), etc. He has participated in a number of festivals across the country. Apart from his own theatre group New Quest, Shri Nalini Nihar Nayak has worked as lighting and set designer for many theatre groups such as Satabdira Kalakar, Mukti, Sabuja Natya Sanstha, Manana, Ajit to name a few.
Shri Nalini Nihar Nayak receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2012 for his notable talent as a director.