Satish Anand



Born in 1947 in Jhelum district of Punjab, now a part of Pakistan, Shri Satish Anand took his B.Sc. at Magadh University in Bihar in 1969. In 1983, he attended a theatre workshop conducted by Eugenio Barba at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
Shri Anand has worked as an actor and director in the theatre since his student days in the 1960s. In the 1980s, he attracted wider attention with his production of Amali (1984) in Patna, based on a story by Hrishikesh Sulabh, and later with Mati Gati (1986), an adaptation of Shudrak’s Mrichhakatikam. These directorial ventures brought into the Hindi-language theatre the traditional theatre form of Bihar associated with Bidesia, the widely performed play of the pioneering Bhojpuri dramatist Bhikhari Thakur, Shri Anand’s roots in Bihar’s social- cultural milieu were again evident in his production of Maila Anchal (1987), based on Phanishwar- nath Renu’s pathbreaking novel. Shri Anand has also directed a number of plays adapted from Bengali, including Badal Sircar’s Pagla Ghora (1975) and Juloos (1978), Debashish Majumdar’s Tamrapatra (1981), and Rabin- dranath Tagore’s Muktadhara (1994), Vijay Tendulkar’s Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai (1974) and Jaiwant Dalwi’s Purush (1998) are among his produc- tions from Marathi. Shri Anand has worked as Artistic Director of the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts in Delhi from 1998 to 1999 and directed Purush, Mahashweta Devi’s Hazar Chaurasi Ki Ma (1998), and Mudrarakshas’s play Daku (1999) for the Centre. While in Delhi, he also directed Teen Kauri ka Khel (1999) based on Brecht’s play, and Didi Thakrun (2000), adapted by himself from Phanishwarnath Renu’s novel Juloos, for the Sahitya Kala Parishad.
Shri Satish Anand has worked as Vice-Chairman of Bihar Sangeet Natak Akademi, Patna, from 1989 to 1993. He was honoured by the Bihar Lekhak Sangh in 1981, and has received the Parishad Samman of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, in 2003.
Shri Satish Anand receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.