Ram Gopal Bajaj

Born in 1940 in Darbhanga, Bihar, Shri Ram Gopal Bajaj took his Bachelor’s degree from Bihar University in 1960 and then attended the National School of Drama, Delhi, specializing in acting. He was one of the founder-members of Dishantar, a group of professional theatre workers established in 1967. His performances in Suno Janmejaya, Hayavadan, Begam ka Takia, Ghasiram Kotwal and Andha Yug were highly acclaimed. Later he established himself as a director with the production of Aashad ka ek Din, Surya ki Antim Kiran se Surya ki Pahli Kiran Tak, Qaid-e-Hayat and Andha Yug . He has translated and adapted about fifteen plays including Girish Karnad’s Agni Aur Barkha, Chandrasekhar Kambar’s Aks Tamasha, Chittaranjan Ghosh’s Nati Binodini, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Badal Sircar’s Evam Indrajit. Besides theatre, Ram Gopal Bajaj is well known as an actor on radio, television and cinema. He is also known for his recitation of poetry. Currently Professor of Acting and Director of the National School of Drama, he is an all-rounder in all departments of theatre. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman for theatre direction (1992). Shri Ram Gopal Bajaj receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his overall contribution to theatre.