J. N. Kaushal

Born in 1936 in Sargodha in western Punjab, Shri Jatinder Nath Kaushal studied the theatre arts at the National School of Drama, Delhi, where he took his diploma in 1962. Thereafte1; he was on the staff of the school for a period of four years, working on various productions under Shri E. Alkazi, then Director of NSD. He worked with Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay for a year at the Bharatiya Natya Sangh and from 1967 to 1984 he was Troupe Manager of the Song and Drama Division in Delhi. In 1984 he resumed work at NSD, joining its faculty as Associate Professor. In that capacity and as Chief of NSD’s Repertory Company, he was to serve his alma mater up to his retirement in 1997. Shri Kaushal has engaged with the theatre as pedagogue, producer, and writer. At NSD he has adapted numerous plays for School and Repertory productions in Hindustani, including Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex (1963), Euripide’s The Trojan Women (1966), George Buechner’s Danton’s Death (1973), and Lorca’s The House of Bernardo Alba (1992) — all directed by E. Alkazi — as well as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Fritz Benewitz (1984), Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman directed by Bhanu Bharati (1986), and Brecht’s Exception and the Rule directed by Amal Allana (1987). He is the author of two full-length plays, Nange Paon and Amir Khusro, besides a number of one-act plays which he has also directed. He has written several teleplays including Lekhu (1990) and Sahastraphan (1992), and has scripted and directed a television documentary on Sombhu Mitra. He has also written a number of radio features. The sound-and-light shows at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, the Purana Qila in Delhi, and the Gwalior and Agra Forts are to his scripts. For several years, he was an Associate Editor of the theatre magazine Enact published by Rajinder Paul. For his varied work in theatre, Shri Kaushal has been honoured with the World Theatre Day Award of the Delhi Natya Sangh (1982), the Parishad Samman of the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi (1989), the Kala Shree Award of the Punjabi Kala Sangam (1990), and the B.M. Shah Award of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi (1999). Shri J.N. Kaushal receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his overall contribution to Indian theatre.