Om Prakash Sharma

Shri Om Prakash Sharma was born in 1938 at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Known today as the face of the Mach theatre of the region, he was trained in the traditional art by his father Shaligram Sharma. He belongs to the school of Mach associated with Ustad Kaluram. He has received training also in classical music. Shri Om Prakash Sharma has contributed to the enrichment of the Mach theatre in various ways. He has written sixteen new plays for Mach in Malwi, produced plays presented at several festivals, and trained students in the Mach form at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal and the National School of Drama in Delhi. At the Kalidasa Festival in Ujjain, his production of Hasya Chudamani in the manner of Mach has received high acclaim. Both a composer and singer, Shri Om Prakash Sharma has created and performed music for a variety of theatrical productions. These include Sanskrit plays presented at the Kalidasa Academy in Ujjain. He has produced an audio- cassette of Sanskrit songs, Tadeva Gaganam Saiva Dhara, as well as recordings of devotional songs in Hindi. For his service to the arts, Shri Sharma was conferred the Shikhar Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2001. Shri Om Prakash Sharma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to the Mach theatre of Madhya Pradesh.