Dina Pathak

Smt. Dina Pathak was born in March 1923. After graduating from Bombay University she was trained as an actress and dancer with distinguished gurus Shanti Bardhan and Prof. Rasik- lal Parikh. In the ’40s Dina Pathak was a founder-member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association, Bombay and performed in major productions in Bombay and later in Ahmedabad and Baroda, She has played the lead in such well known plays as ‘Doll’s House’ (Gujarati), ‘Viraj Bahu’ (Gujarati), ‘Hayavadan’ (Hindi), ‘Asylum’ (English), but she is perhaps best known for her outstanding performance of the heroine in ‘Mena Gurjari’, an operatic play by Parikh, based on a folk legend. Smt. Dina Pathak has direct- ed many plays and has been responsible for promoting the traditional theatre of her State, ‘Bhavai’. She is well-known as a character actress in films. Several honours have been conferred on her, including Best Actress 1956-57 and 1967 -68 by the Maharashtra State, Best Contribution to Drama by the Gujarat Sangeet Nritya-Natya Academy 1971, Best Support- ing Actress 1969 by Bengal Film Journalists’ Association. She is a founder-member of ‘Lok- natye’ and ‘Navnatya’, a cultural organisation in Bombay and is also actively connected with work in children’s theatre in that city. She has served with distinc- tion on the Executive Board of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Advisory Board of the National School of Drama, Delhi. She has represented India as a delegate to several countries including China, USSR, G.D.R. and Japan. For her eminence in the field of Theatre and her contribution to its enrichment, Smt. Dina Pathak receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting for 1980.