M.S. Sathyu

Born in 1930 in Mysore, Shri M. S. Sathyu began his theatre career with the Hindustani Theatre in Delhi in 1958. He worked there till 1964 and in 1969 joined the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) in Bombay. A reputed stage designer, Shri Sathyu has created sets for over fifty Indian and Western plays. His major successes include Mudra Rakshas, Shakuntala, Amrapali, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Bakri. His recent work in stage design was seen in Shrimati Vijaya Mehta’s production of Shri Girish Karnad’s Naga- Mandala. Shri M.S. Sathyu has also directed more than twenty plays and designed lights for numerous productions. Simultaneously, Shri Sathyu has pursued a creative career in cinema, and has directed a number of films in Urdu, Hindi and Kannada. His important films include Garm Hawa, Bora and Sookha. His telefilm Kayar, based on a novel by Shri Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, has received much acclaim. Shri Sathyu received the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Karnataka Rajyotsava honour in 1983. Shri M. S. Sathyu receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a stage designer