Suresh Bhardwaj

Shri Suresh Bhardwaj was born in Delhi in 1955. He joined the National School of Drama in 1977 and took his diploma in Theatre Arts in 1980, joining the Rangmandal repertory of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, as Technical Director the following year. In 1989, Shri Bhardwaj was appointed Lecturer in stage lighting at the National School of Drama, and has subsequently worked as Dean (2000-2) and Professor on the School’s Extension Programme (2002-5). At present, he is Associate Professor at NSD. Shri Bhardwaj has designed lights for numerous plays, festivals, and spectacles since the 1980s. His plays include Ghasiram Kotwal directed by B.V. Karanth, Three Penny Opera directed by Fritz Bennewitz, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein directed by M.K. Raina, Ek Akasmik Maut directed by Barry John, Agni aur Barkha directed by Prasanna, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Anuradha Kapoor. He has designed lighting for the Bhasa Samaroha at Ujjain in 1980; the Khajuraho International Dance Festivals between 1981 and 1983; and performances by dancers like Durga Lal, Birju Maharaj, Sonal Mansingh, Radha and Raja Reddy, Yamini Krishnamurthi, and Shovana Narayan. Shri Bhardwaj was the lighting designer for Cosmos, a sound- and-light show at the Festival of France in India in 1989, and was the technical visualiser for Anhad Yatra, the culminating event of the Festival of India in Bhutan in 2003. Shri Bhardwaj has designed lighting systems for several auditoriums, and has taught stage lighting as visiting faculty in Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka and Colombia, besides institutions in India. He has published on stage lighting in periodicals such Bharat Rang and Rang Prasang. Shri Suresh Bhardwaj receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to lighting in Indian t