Born on 15 July 1955 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Shri Amitabh Srivastava has been active in the theatre since 1971. Holding an M.A. in Economics (1975) from the University of Allahabad, he moved to Delhi to work for his Diploma in Dramatics (1979) from the National School of Drama, specializing in acting.
He has acted in over a hundred plays, including Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq (1982), Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (1978), Ek Aur Lok Katha (1979) based on a story by Vijaydan Detha and scripted by Prasanna, Vijay Tendulkar’s Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai (1972, 1979), Mohan Rakesh’s Ashadh ka Ek Din (1981), Mannu Bhandari’s Mahabhoj (1982), Shakespeare’s Barnam Van (1979), Reginald Rose’s Ruka Hua Faisla (1981), Neil Simon’s Chekhov ki Duniya (2006), Jean Anouilh’s Antigone (1984), and Mahanagar Teen Samvad (1980) based on stories by Govind Mishra, Ramesh Bakshi, and Krishna Baldev Vaid. In these productions, he has worked with directors such as Ebrahim Alkazi, Barry John, Prasanna, Amal Allana, B.V. Karanth, Ranjit Kapoor, M.K. Raina, and D.R. Ankur. As an actor with NSD, Shri Amitabh Srivastava visited U.K., Germany, and Poland in 1982, and travelled to Pakistan in 2006, 2007, and 2008 to perform at the Rafi Peer International Theatre Festival in Lahore. Besides acting, he has also adapted and translated plays including The Fool by Edward Bond, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan, The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, and Dario Fo’s Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay. A founder-member of Delhi’s theatre group Sambhav, established in 1983, Shri Amitabh Srivastava has been visiting faculty at the Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow, the Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, and several other institutions.
Besides the theatre, Shri Amitabh Srivastava has acted in many feature films, telefilms, and television serials under the direction of Basu Chatterjee, Richard Attenborough, Govind Nihalani, and Priyadarshan. He has also written original scripts as well as dialogue for cinema and television. Recipient of a Senior Research Fellowship (2006) from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Shri Amitabh Srivastava has been associated with NSD's research and documentation programme. He has edited Rang Vistar (2004), a compendium published on the occasion of the silver jubilee of NSD’s Extension Programme, and two volumes of the Bharatiya Rangkosh Sandarbh (2005, 2006).
Shri Amitabh Srivastava receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.