Bansi Kaul

Born on 23 August 1949 in Srinagar, Shri Bansi Kaul attended the National School of Drama, Delhi, where he took his diploma in 1973 specializing in stagecraft. He joined NSD as a Professor in its Department of Extension in which capacity he directed more than a hundred plays all over the country and conducted numerous work- shops. In 1986 he founded the Rang Vidushak Repertory in Bhopal, where he has been working with actors, clowns and acrobats in an attempt to evolve a new theatre idiom rooted in the physical culture of the country. Shri Kaul has also won recognition as a stage designer, and has worked as art director of major festivals including Apna Utsav and the Khajuraho Festival in 1986 and 1987, and the Festivals of India in the USSR, Switzerland and China. He has been honoured with the Shikhar Samman, conferred by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, in 1994 and the Safdar Hashmi Award, given by the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi, in 1995. Shri Bansi Kaul receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.