R. Nagesh

Shri Ramaraje Nagesh was born in 1943 at Ramuhalli near Bangalore. He was attracted to the theatre as an undergraduate student and took his first steps on the stage under the guidance of stalwarts such as Adya Rangacharya and B.V. Karanth. He also took training in music under A. Subba Rao. For the last forty years Shri Nagesh has been working in various capacities in the Kannada theatre: he is at once a director, actor, writer, stage and lighting designer. He has directed more than a hundred plays by Western and Indian playwrights, including Shakes- peare’s Othello, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Gorky’s Lower Depths, Mohan Rakesh’s Adhe Adhure, Badal Sircar’s Evam Indrajit, and Girish Karnad’s Yayati to name only a few well- known productions. Other than Karnad, he has directed plays by major Kannada dramatists such as Sriranga’s Kelu Janamejaya, Kuvempu’s Rak- thakshi, and H.S. Shivapra- kash’s Sultan Tippu. The large canvas of his directorial enterprise has inspired a host of younger people in the Kannada theatre. He has also acted in over sixty plays. Shri Nagesh has received several honours for his work including the Karnataka Nataka Akademi Award (1986), the Rajyothsava Award (1998) , and the Aryabhatta Award for his documentary film on theatre, Ranga Vihangama. He was Chairperson of the Karnataka Nataka Akademi from 2001 to 2004. Shri Ramaraje Nagesh receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Indian theatre as a director.