This year, our community lost several giants - celebrated actors, directors and producers who did incredible work in the theatre industry. We would like to thank them all, for laying the groundwork for us, for giving us the opportunity to inherit their legacy. Their work lives on, in the minds and memories of all the young & old artists, audience members and colleagues they influenced. Our sincere condolences to their loved ones. In Memoriam, always.
Rajaram Bhalerao (1933 - 2020)
A patron of the theatre, he dedicated his life to reviving Marathi theatre through the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh.
Usha Ganguly (1945 - 2020)
An eminent director, actor and activist, she was the force behind sustaining Hindi theatre in Kolkata.
Bomi Kapadia (1927 - 2020)
The King of Comedy, a veteran actor who made his mark in both theatre and film.
Ruby Patel (1933 - 2020)
The First Lady of the Parsi-Gujarati stage, this theatre veteran added elegance & flair to commercial Gujarati theatre.
Ratnakar Matkari (1938 - 2020)
A self-taught Marathi playwright who built an extraordinary career in literature, art-house theatre, film and television.
Uttam Gada (1948 - 2020)
An eminent Gujarati & Hindi playwright, he donned many hats - actor, director, script writer & author.
Astad Deboo (1947 - 2020)
A veteran choreographer & pioneer of modern dance in India.
Soumitra Chatterjee (1935 - 2020)
A doyen of Bengali theatre & cinema, he brought several of Satyajit Ray’s legendary characters to life with his craft.
Asif Basra (1967 - 2020)
A well-known face in the Bollywood film industry, he also graced the stage in Feroz Abbas Khan’s long-running hit play Mahatma v/s Gandhi.
Bhanu Athaiya (1929 - 2020)
A celebrated costume designer & the first Indian to win an Academy Award for her work in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
Kamlesh Motta (1964 - 2020)
A force in the theatre industry since 1984, he believed in the power of satire & storytelling & directed hit plays like Saraswatichandra & Hum Bhi Kisi Se Kam Nahi starring Reema Lagoo.
Preksha Mehta (1995 - 2020)
An actor that conquered all three mediums - theatre, film and television - with her performances.
Tejas D Parvatkar (1978 - 2020)
He began his journey in inter-college Marathi theatre & went on to estav as a director, writer, light designer & technical director.
Shrikant Shah (1936 - 2020)
A Gujarati poet & playwright, he wrote across genres & is fondly remembered for his experiments in literature, most notably in his “modern novel”, Asti.
Ebrahim Alkazi (1924 - 2020)
One of the most notable exponents of Indian theatre, a brave experimenter, a strict disciplinarian, a lover of the performing arts - he influenced a whole generation of theatre-makers through his work as the Director of the National School of Drama.
Arvind Joshi (1937 - 2021)
Often regarded as the ‘Monarch of Gujarati Theatre’, Arvind Joshi was a veteran actor, director and playwright. In his career, he also featured prominently in Bollywood films such as Ittefaq and Apmaan ki Aag, most notably as Thakur’s son in Sholay.
Bansi Kaul (1949 - 2021)
A National School of Drama alumni, Bansi Kaul was involved in several aspects of theatre including stage design, acting, direction and production. With his theatre company Rang Vidushak, Bansi Kaul created unique works of theatre inspired by folk traditions, most notably Kahan Kabir and Aala Afsar. For his innovations with theatre, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995 and the Padma Shri in 2014.
Ranjit Chowdhry (1955 - 2020)
A versatile character actor, Ranjit Chowdhry played memorable roles in Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood/Hollywood Basu Chatterjee’s Khatta Meetha and Baton Baton Mei as well as Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Khoobsoorat. In addition to working with stalwarts of the Bollywood film industry, he also acted in popular American T.V. shows such as The Office, Prison Break and Law & Order.