Born on 24 February 1935 in Bangalore, Shri V. Ramamurthy began his theatre activities in 1952 as an
active worker in the amateur theatre movement of the Karnataka region. After graduating from the
National School of Drama in 1964, specializing in Direction and obtaining distinction in Stage
Management, he underwent advanced training in Theatre Techniques at the University of Hawaii,
Honolulu, USA, and later in Theatre Technology at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, New
York. While in the United States of America, he designed lighting and setting of many stage
performances including those of Broadway. Since then, he has designed lighting and settings for many
productions in various parts of the country. Among the highly acclaimed productions for which he has
designed settings was King Lear in Yakshagana style, directed by Shri B.V. Karanth. He has also assisted
touring companies from abroad such as Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Performing Group of the
United States of America.
Shri Ramamurthy’s work in the art and technique of lighting for the stage has helped to broaden the depth and range of current practices of stage designing in the country.
He has been a visiting lecturer, teaching lighting and stage design at the drama departments of several Indian Universities and at theatre-workshops conducted by State Akademies and private institutions. For his lighting design and his overall contribution to theatre, Shri V. Ramamurthy has been honoured and felicitated by many institutions such as Karnataka Nataka Akademi, Bangalore; Chaman Lal Memorial Society, Delhi; Bharatendu Natya Academy, Lucknow; and National School of Drama, New Delhi. Shri Ramamurthy received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Stage-lighting for 1977, and the Government of Karnataka felicitated him with Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti in 2008.
Shri V. Ramamurthy is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre.