Ramesh Mehta

Born in 1923 in Jhang, now in Pakistan, Shri Ramesh Mehta graduated from Dyal Singh College, Lahore and came to Delhi in 1942. Exposed as he had been to the Parsi theatre in Lahore, he also aspired to be an actor. This ambition was realized when Shri Mehta joined the Three Arts Club in 1946 — working first as a prompter, and then as an actor in a number of productions. Within four years he had penned his first two plays: Indian Today and Dahej. A senior actor of Delhi’s Hindi theatre, Shri Mehta has written and directed thirteen full-length plays and translated or adapted several plays from other languages. Acting in these plays he earned wide recognition during 1950s and 1960s as one who could regale audiences in a variety of roles. His plays like Under Secretary, Roti Aur Beti, Paisa Bolta Hai, Inspector General, Aur Bhagwan Dekhta Raha, Uljhan and Faisla made a significant impact. Shri Mehta was commissioned by the Union Government to write a play on rural India, which was broadcast live by All India Radio. He was also commi- ssioned to write a play for the armed forces during this period. For his distinguished service to theatre Shri Ramesh Mehta has been honoured by the Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi, besides other leading organizations Shri Ramesh Mehta receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.