New Delhi, India
(c. 1980–1990; his death)
Arundhati Nag (née Rao) (born c. 1956) is a prominent South Indian polyglot film actress and theatre personality. She has been involved with multilingual Theatre in India, for over 25 years, first in Mumbai where she got involved with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), and did various productions in Gujarati, Marathi, and Hindi theatre, besides getting involved in television, director Jyoti Vyas's Gujarati TV series, Haji Aavti Kaal Che. Later and after her marriage to Kannada actor-director Shankar Nag (1954–1990), her association with theatre continued in Bangalore, culminating in realising the dream project of her late husband, the Ranga Shankara theatre, at J P Nagar, a suburb in Bangalore. She was awarded the 2008 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Theatre Acting by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre. She was also awarded the 57th National Film Awards as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Paa.
Arundhati is the founder and the Managing Trustee of the Sanket Trust, established in 1992, which has Girish Karnad as its chairman, and which runs the Ranga Shankara, a Bangalore theatre which after four years of construction was inaugurated on 28 October 2004. Now the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival has become a regular feature on Bangalore's cultural calendar.
Arundhati Rao was born in New Delhi to a Maharashtrian family and had three siblings. Her family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) when she was 10. She was passionate about theatre in her school days. She joined an amateur theatre group in Mumbai and in her teen years, she was doing as many as 42 shows a month in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi and English.
In 2006, she was awarded the 'Citizen Extraordinaire' Award by The Rotary Club of Bangalore. Arundhati's last major movie was the Kannada blockbuster Jogi, for which she also won the Karnataka Government's Best Supporting Actress award for the year 2005. Her most recent production has been Girish Karnad's Bikhre Bimb. Arundhati has also acted in other language films such as Minsara Kanavu (1997), dubbed into Hindi as Sapnay (1997), Dil Se.. (1998).
She has acted in the Indian National Award winning Marathi film 22 June 1897. In 2009, she acted in the film Paa. Her role earned her the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination.
At 17, she met Shankar Nag, also a theatre artist. Six years later, the two got married and she moved to Bangalore. Shankar became popular film actor, and later a director, most remembered for his TV adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Malgudi Days (1987). They had a daughter together, Kavya.
In 1990, the family were travelling for the muhurat of a film Jokumaraswamy, when a lorry hit their car in a head-on collision. Shankar Nag was killed instantly while Arundhati's legs were broken, her hands and face covered in bruises. She lost her teeth and suffered from a dislocated jaw; their daughter was also injured although not seriously.
|1979||22 June 1897||Marathi|
|1983||Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige||Kannada||Jaya|
|1985||Parameshi Prema Prasanga||Kannada|
|1985||Accident||Kannada||Directed by Shankar Nag|
|1993||Golibar||Kannada||Directed by Shivamani|
|1996||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love||English||Annabi|
|1997||Minsaara Kanavu||Tamil||Mother Superior|
|1998||Dil Se..||Hindi||AIR director|
|2003||Ek Alag Mausam||Hindi||Aparna's mother|
|2009||Paa||Hindi||Vidya Balan's mother/Bum||Won, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2012||Da Thadiya||Malayalam||"Night Rider"|
- 1985: Won: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Accident
- 2005: Won: Best Supporting Actress Award – Jogi
- 2008: Won: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – Theatre Acting
- 2010: Won: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress, Paa
- 2010: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, Paa
- 2010: Won: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Paa
- Sanket Trust Ranga Shankara Official website.
- "Curtain call". harmonyindia.org. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Arundhati Nag Profile and Interview mumbaitheatreguide.com.
- A theatre of one's own Frontline, Volume 21 – Issue 24, 20 November – 3 December 2004.
- Dream of a theatre The Hindu, 21 November 2004.
- "Ready for an encore". The Times of India. 28 September 2003.
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Sangeet Natak Akademi.
- Ranga Shankara offers bonanza for theatre lovers in city The Hindu, 21 October 2005.
- Managing Trustee The Hindu, 9 December 2006.
- Arundhati Nag – Making The World See Her Dreams! South Asian Women's Forum, 7 March 2005.
- Ranga Shankara theatre festival rolls on The Hindu, 16 November 2004.
- Freedom to express – Arundhati Nag
- Arundhati bags Citizen Extraordinaire award The Hindu, 16 May 2006.
- Return of Arundhati Nag – Plays a lead role in 'Jogi' starring ... viggy.com.
- Arundathi Nag at the Internet Movie Database
- Arundhati Nag: Life is beautiful – Interview Times of India