Born in 1932, Amrish Puri belongs to the Punjab. He graduated from Simla in 1952 and settled in Maharashtra in 1953. Shri Puri was inspired by the veteran actor-director Prithviraj Kapoor and joined the Natya Academy, Bombay in 1961. He was trained under E. Alkazi, P.D. Shenoy and later under Satya- dev Dubey in Theatre Unit. He has played the leading role in 30 full-length plays, some of the major productions being ‘Andha Yug’ by Dharamvir Bharati, ‘Ashaad Ka Ek Din’ by Mohan Rakesh, Vijay Tendulkar’s ‘Chup, Court Chalu Hal’, Badal Sircar’s ‘Evam Indrajeet’ and Girish Karnad’s ‘Hayavadan’. Shri Amrish Puri is an actor of repute in experimental films, especially those made in Kannada. He has taken part in several award winning films such as ‘Kaadu’ (Kannada) directed by Girish Karnad and the Hindi films ‘Nishaant’, ‘Manthan’ and ‘Bhumika’ – all directed by Shyam Benegal. Shri Puri has participated in several theatre-workshops and has conducted courses in voice-training. He won the Best Actor award in the Maharashtra State Drama Competition in 1968. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Amrish Lal Puri receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting for 1979.