Born in 1923 in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, Shri Kailash Pandya was actively associated with the Indian People’s Theatre Asso- ciation, Bombay, from 1943 to1948. From 1949 to 1957, he worked with Shri Jayashankar Sundari at Nat Mandal, Ahmeda-bad, and in 1958 attended the Asian Theatre Institute, Delhi, which later grew into the National School of Drama. He also learnt Kathakali from Guru Kunju Nair and Bhavai from Guru Chimanlal Nayak.
Head of the theatre depart- ment at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad, since 1959, Shri Pandya has produced a variety of Indian and Western plays by Bhasa, Gogol, Brecht, Tagore and Tendulkar. He has been especially interested in folk theatre and has experimented with Bhavai in some of his productions. Shri Pandya is also a talented actor and has worked with Shrimati Dina Gandhi, Shrimati Mrinalini Sarabhai and Professor C.C. Mehta. He has participated in a number of theatre seminars and work- shops in India and abroad.
Shri Pandya received the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for direction in 1983.
Shri Kailash Pandya receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a director.