Badal Sircar

Born in 1925 in Calcutta, Shri Badal Sircar is among India’s foremost dramatists. Over a career spanning several decades, he has produced a large body of works among which his early plays Evam Indrajit and Baki Itihas had a great impact on the theatrical scene. Some of his later plays, marking a new direction in his theatre, include Tringsha Shatabdi, Michhil, Basi Khabar and Bhoma. His plays have been translated and performed in several Indian and foreign languages. All through his career, Shri Badal Sircar has directed his own plays and acted in them. In 1967 he established his theatre group Satabdi, which has been performing outside the proscenium theatre since 1973. This group has become part of a whole new movement in Indian theatre. Shri Badal Sircar worked as a town planner between 1947 and 1977 while pursuing his vocation in theatre. He has expounded his theatre ideology in publications including The Third Theatre, The Changing Language of Theatre (Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture), Theaterer Bhasha (D.L. Roy Memorial Lecture), and Voyages in Theatre (Shri Ram Memorial Lecture). He has received several honours for his work including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1968), the Padma Shri (1972), and the Kalidas Samman (1992-93). SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOWS 24 For his contribution to Indian theatre, Shri Badal Sircar is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.