Markand Bhatt

Born in 1929 in Baroda, Shri Markand Jashbhai Bhatt obtained his Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University in that city. His teachers at the University’s College of Indian Music, Dance, and Dramatics, a constituent of the Faculty of Fine Arts, were Professors Jaswant Thakur and C.C. Mehta. Completing his university education in 1956, Shri Bhatt took on his first professional assignment as Head of the Department of Drama at Saurashtra Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rajkot, a position he held up to 1958. Subsequently, he headed the Department of Theatre Arts at M.S. University from 1969 to 1989, and was Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts between 1984 and 1989. He was Chairman of the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1992 to 1995. Simultaneously with his work in theatre education, Shri Markand Bhatt has pursued a career on the Gujarati stage, and has long been acknowledged as an outstanding actor and director.His roles in plays including C.C.Mehta’s Atrulupta Saraswati and Param Maheshwar, Tagore’s Nandini (Raktakarabi), Muktadhara, and Arup Ratan, Bhasa’s Karnabhar, Shankar Shesh’s Raktbeej, Raghuvir Chaudhari’s Sikandar Saani, and Girish Karnad’s Agni Ane Vaarsad have won a special place in contemporary Gujarati theatre. Some of his major productions as director are Dhara Gurjari, Shetal Ne Kanthe, Finger Print, and Hoholika. Shri Markand Bhatt has been honoured for his work both at home and abroad. The Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi conferred its Award on him in 1973, and in 1984, he was felicitated by the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, London. Shri Markand Jashbhai Bhatt receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.