I present to you Sir, Shri V. Ramamurthy.
Shri V. Ramamurthy was born in 1935 in Bangalore. Shri Ramamurthy began his Theatre activities in 1952 as an active worker in the amateur theatre movement of the Karnatak region. After graduating from the National School of Drama in 1964, specialising in Direction and obtaining distinction in Stage Management, he underwent advanced training in Theatre Techniques at the University of Hawaii and later in Theatre Technology at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology in New York. While in the United States of America, he designed lighting and settings for many stage performances including those off-Broadway. Ever since, he has designed lighting and settings for many productions in various parts of the country. Among the highly acclaimed productions for which he has designed recently was King Lear in Yakshagana style, directed by Shri B.V. Karanth. He has also assisted touring companies from abroad such as Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Performing Group of the United States of America.
He was honoured with an award for his lighting-design for Ek Yatra Pavilion at ASIA ’72. He has been a visiting lecturer, teaching lighting and stage design at the drama depart- ments of several Indian Universities and at theatre- workshops conducted by State Akademis and private institutions.
Shri Ramamurthy’s work in the art and technique of lighting for the stage has helped to broaden the depth and range of current practices of stage designing in the country.
For his eminence, in the field of Theatre and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Rama- murthy receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Stagelighting for 1977.