Pransukh Manilal Nayak

Shri Pransukh was born in 1910, in Jagudana, Gujarat, in a family of hereditary folk actors. His father, Manilal Nayak, was an outstanding Bhavai actor. Shri Pransukh Nayak was train- ed by gurus such as Jaishankar ‘Sundari’, Bapulal Nayak and Surajram Nayak. Shri Pransukh Nayak has had long profess- ional association with leading theatre groups in Gujarat like the Mumbai Gujarati Natak Mandali, Natamandal and Darpana. Shri Pransukh Nayak began his career as a female impersonator in Bhavai and, over the years, went on to do a variety of roles, especially comic. During the 34 years of his career so far he has performed in over 150 plays. The folk theatre of Bhavai is Shri Nayak’s forte. He is for some years now running his own theatre group which presents educational plays for school children. He has been honoured by the Gujarat State Akademi as Best Actor. For his eminence in the field of Theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Pransukh Manilal Nayak receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.