Moinul Haque

Born in 1957 in Hedayetpur, Guwahati, Shri Moinul Haque is a virtuoso performer of mime. He has played an important role in popularizing mime in Assam and north-eastern India. Starting out young in the field of theatre, Shri Moinul Haque had been associated with various theatre groups since the age of twelve. He began performing as a mono-actor in 1970 and some years later formed his own group Sound and Comedy. He performed in mime festivals in many parts of India and in 1991 established the Mime Academy to impart training to aspiring mime artists. He has travelled widely in the country to present performances and conduct workshops on mime. With his wide repertoire he has not only carved a niche for himself but also helped many budding artists to learn and practice the art. A keen observer and learner, he has himself attended workshops conducted by the famous French mime artists Marcel Marceau and Loral Decol. Empanelled as an expert with the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, he has given lecture-demonstrations at many institutions. He is a member of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra of Guwahati. He has been felicitated for his performances by the Chief Minister of Assam, the Asom Natya Sanmilan, the National School of Drama, and several other institutions. He is a recipient of the Senior Research Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, for his continuing work on mime. Shri Moinul Haque receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the art of mime.