Born in Bombay in 1931, Shri Alyque Padamsee was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London (1960- 61). Returning to Bombay, he embarked upon a long and consistently successful career, principally in English-language theatre.
Distinguished both as actor and director, Shri Padamsee has some fifty popular productions to his credit, among them Jesus Christ Superstar, Man of La Mancha, A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of A Salesman. Evita — one of his recent productions — has met wide popular acclaim, exceeding a hundred shows in Bombay. Shri Padamsee’s production of Pratap Sharma’s A Touch of Brightness was staged at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in London in 1965.
Shri Padamsee has also acted in a few films, his role as Jinnah in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi being a conspicuous success. A short film by Shri Padamsee on disabled children — Story of Hope — has been voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Alyque Padamsee receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction for 1986.