Born on 24 June 1948 in Srinagar, Shri M.K. Raina attended the National School of Drama, Delhi, and took his diploma at NSD in 1970 together with its Best Actor Award.
He started out as a freelance theatre worker in 1972, and has acted in more than a hundred plays and directed a number of successful productions. Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Karmawali, Lower Depths, Parai Kukh, Kabhi Na Chhoden Khet and The Mother are some of Shri Raina’s notable directorial ventures. Andha Yug, which he directed, was performed in Berlin and the Festival of India in the USSR. He also produced Jasma Odan at Hawaii University in 1986. Shri Raina has conducted many theatre workshops and acted in a number of television serials and films including 27 Down, Satah se Uthta Aadmi, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Tamas and Titli.
He has been honoured with the Sanskriti Samman in 1980, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 1981, the Best Director’s Award of the Government of West Bengal in 1982, and the Best Director’s Award of the Punjabi Academy, Delhi, in 1987.
Shri M.K. Raina receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.