Narsingh Dev Jamwal

Born in 1931 in the village of Bhalwal in Jammu Tawi district of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Narsingh Dev Jamwal took his Master’s degree in Dogri from Jammu University. A man of martial training, he joined the Jammu & Kashmir State Forces in 1945 and subsequently worked for the Jammu and Kashmir Police from 1953 to 1986, laying down charge as Deputy Superintendent of Police. Since the early 1960s, Shri Jamwal has pursued a parallel career in the Dogri theatre, writing plays for the stage and for radio, acting in them, and participating in a wide range of activities promoting amateur theatre. It is as a playwright in Dogri that he is best known, with some twenty stage plays to his credit including originals and adaptations. Some of his frequently staged dramas include Aan Maryada, Mandlik, Pinjra, Kaure Ghutt, Sarkar, and Devyani. Most of his plays have been published and quite a few produced on television. Over seventy radio plays written by Shri Jamwal have been broadcast till date. Shri Jamwal has received Playscript Awards from the Jammu and Kashmir State Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages in 1967, 1973, and 1977, as well as Best Book Awards from the State Academy in 1972,1989,1993, and 1996. In 1978, he was honoured with a Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel in Dogri, Sanjhi Dharti Bakhle Mahnu. He won the President’s Police Medal in 1986. Shri Narsingh Dev Jamwal receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a playwright.