Born on 1 June 1965 in Goregaon, Raigad, Maharashtra, Shri Manoj Navneet Joshi is a well-known actor of Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi theatre. His father is a Keertankar of the Naradeeya Parampara, the source of Marathi Natya Sangeet. Shri Joshi learnt Sanskrit at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, and has completed a professional course in publication design. He has also learnt painting and has worked for many magazines as a layout artist. During his career as a performer, he learnt the nuances of theatre from the likes of Satyadeb Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, and Shafi Inamdar.
He has passionately pursued his career as an actor and has performed across the country and abroad. His first appearance as a professional actor on stage came in the year 1986 with Kanti Madhiya’s Gujarati play Tak Dhina Dhin directed by Kiran Merchant. His first Marathi play as a professional actor was Vivek Lagoo’s Sarvasvi Tuzich in 1995. In the year 1996, Shri Manoj Joshi appeared in the Hindi play Chanakya, which is still running (around a thousand shows so far) and has travelled around the globe. Some of the most acclaimed plays of Shri Joshi include Doctor Tame Pan, Gandhi Virudh Gandhi, Suryavanshi, Manoo ne Massi, Sagpan na Saudagar, Kalapi, Man Mile Tya Melo, Rangilo (all Gujarati plays), Goal Maal Pyar ka, Ragila Re, Chanakya, Alibaba Aur Chalis ke Chor, and Shobhayatra. Shri Joshi has also translated Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghashiram Kotwal into Gujarati, and has acted in many television serials and films.
For his work in the field of theatre, Shri Manoj N. Joshi has been felicitated by many institutions such as the Maharashtra State Vyavasayik Gujarati Natyaspardha (1997); the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2014); and the Sabarkatha Ratna Award by the Government of Gujarat (2014).
Shri Manoj Navneet Joshi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.