Theatre maestro Ebrahim Alkazi passes away

Updated: 04 August, 2020 18:07 IST | mid-day online correspondent | New Delhi

Ebrahim Alkazi, the man who revolutionised the world of theater and stage, passes away in New Delhi. He was 94.

Ebrahim Alkazi Picture Courtesy: Twitter
Ebrahim Alkazi Picture Courtesy: Twitter

Considered the father of modern Indian theatre, Ebrahim Alkazi, the first Director of National School of Drama (NSD) breathed his last in the capital on Tuesday. He was 94.

Also an art connoisseur, collector and gallery owner, he founded Art Heritage Gallery in New Delhi.

This Royal Academy of Dramatics Art (RADA) pass-out staged more than 50 plays during his distinguished career and won the BBC Broadcasting Award in 1950.

Some of the major plays directed by him include "Tuglaq" (Girish Karnad), "Ashadh Ka Ek Din" (Mohan Rakesh), Dharamvir Bharti's "Andha Yug" besides several Greek tragedies and Shakespeare's works.

Recipient of the Padma Vibhushan (2010), Padma Bhushan (1991) and Padma Shri (1966) honours, he was known to be a strict disciplinarian who provided a blue print for theatre training during his years as the Director of NSD (1962-1977).

Taking to his Twitter account, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid condolences to his legacy, have a look right here:

Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub also had something to tweet about his endless contribution to Indian Theater. Take a look right here:

Associated with training some of the best known talents in the country, including Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Uttara Baokar and Rohini Hattangadi, besides a host of major theatre directors in the country, Alkazi was married to Roshan Alkazi, who designed costumes for his plays.

His two children are also theatre artists. Amal Allana, is a theatre director and former Chairperson of National School of Drama while Feisal Alkazi too is a theatre director.

With inputs from IANS.

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First Published: 04 August, 2020 17:51 IST

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