Born on 2 August 1943 in Gujranwala, now in Pakistan, Shri Parvesh Kumar Sethi has contributed to the theatre in Punjab for over forty years. He has excelled as an actor, director, and make-up artist both in the Punjabi and Hindi theatre, and has finally taken up the role of an administrator in the performing arts. His first mentor in this field during the 1950s was his school teacher at Sonepat, Hans Raj Nangia, who taught him acting as well as Urdu elocution. Later, in the 1960s in Chandigarh, when his connection with the theatre had been established, he learnt the rudiments of make-up from Indu Ghosh, a teacher at the National School of Drama. Shri Sethi's interest in acting and make-up made him a utility man in a team of artist s working under Balwant Gargi. Professionally, Shri Sethi served the Haryana Finance Corporation until his retirement and was appointed Secretary of the Chandigarh Sangeet atak Akaderni in 2003. He has been a member of the General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Shri Parvesh Kumar Sethi has acted in more than five hundred plays in Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu , many of which he has himself directed. He has also been the make-up artist for these productions. Some notable successes are Rabindranath Tagore's Muktdhara in Hindi (1961), Ramesh Mehta's Dhong in Hindi (1964), Gursharan Singh's Dulla Bhatti in Punjabi (1966), Qudsia Zaidi's Khalid ki Khala in Urdu (1971), his own play Khada Peeta Barbad Keeta in Punjabi (1974), Ghumman's Rani Koklan in Punjabi (1980), Sushil Kumar Singh's Good Bye Swami in Hindi (1998), Harcharan Singh's Zafarnama in Punjabi (2011), and Ajay Shukla's Tajmahal ka Tender in Hindi (2012). His Punjabi plays Bullah, Banda Bahadur, Singh Soorme , and Sehme Hoi Pal have been presented in Canada, besides successful runs at home.
Shri Sethi has been honoured by several institutions for his contribution to the theatre. The Punjabi Kala Kendra , Mumbai, has conferred on him the Balraj Sahani Memorial Award (2002), and the Chandigarh Administration has bestowed on him its State Award . The Punjabi Sahit Akademi has recognized his work as a playwright (2009).
Shri Parvesh Kumar Sethi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.