Devendra Raj Ankur

Born in 1948 in Sirsa, Haryana, Shri Devendra Raj Ankur studied theatre at the National School of Drama in Delhi, where he obtained his Diploma in 1972 specializing in direction. In 1981, he took his Master’s degree in Hindi from the University of Delhi. After a stint in NSD’s Repertory Company, Shri Ankur joined the School’s faculty in 1979, and has since served NSD in various capacities in Delhi and its Resource Centre in Bangalore. He was appointed Director of NSD in 2001. As a theatre director, Shri Ankur has staged a variety of fiction and other literature without their adaptation into dramatic form. Since his initial experiments in 1975, Shri Ankur has produced numerous stories, novels, and plays in this manner, drawn from literature in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, and other languages. His important productions include Mahabhoj, Anaro, Khanaba- dosh, Rustam-Sohrab, Yahudi ki Ladki, Abhigyana Shakuntalam, Mrichhakatika, Ai Ladki, and Uska Bachpan. He has conducted production-oriented workshops in various parts of India under NSD’s extension programme, and has participa- ted in several seminars. His publications include two collections of his articles in Hindi — Pehla Rang (1999) and Rang Collage (2000) — and the volume Darshan Pradarshan (2002). The Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, has conferred its Parishad Samman on Shri Ankur in 2000- 2001. His book Pehla Rang received an award from the Hindi Akademi in 2001. Shri Devendra Raj Ankur receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to theatre as a director.