Bhanu Bharti

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Bhanu Bharti
AIMING HIGH Bhanu Bharti in New Delhi.jpg
Born 1947
Ajmer, Rajasthan
Occupation Theatre Director & Playwright
Awards Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – Direction – 1997

Bhanu Bharti (born 1947) is an eminent Indian theatre director and playwright, and the founder-director of Aaj Rangmandal theatre group. Most known for his theatre productions and choreographies with tribal and folk artists, including Pashu Gayatri by K.N. Panikkar, Kaal Katha and Amar Beej all based on rituals of the Bhil tribe of Mewar region of Rajasthan, apart from Chandrama Singh urf Chamku Das, Yamgatha and Aks-Tamasha, counting to over 70 plays in a career spanning nearly four decades.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Bhanu Bharti was born in 1947 in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He graduated from National School of Drama in 1973,[4] bagging the Best all Round student and the best Director awards. Later he studied traditional theatre of Japan at the University of Tokyo.[5] He is also the younger brother of theatre director, and former Director of NSD, Mohan Maharishi.[6]


He has over fifty productions to his credit. His major works are: Chandrama Singh urf Chamku, Ras Gandharva, Azar Ka Khwab, and Yamgatha.[7] His productions like Pashu Gayatri, Kai Katha, and Amar Beej are based on his study of the performances and rituals of the Bheel tribe of the Mewar region of Rajasthan. He has also directed a film on Gavari, the dance theatre of the Bhil.

Bhanu Bharti headed the Drama Department of Rajasthan University, Jaipur, from its inception in 1976 till 1978. He has also taught dramatic literature, scenic design, and acting in many renowned institutions, including NSD. He has served as the Director of the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Delhi, and headed Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur and worked with Bhil tribesmen of the Gogunda belt near Udaipur. He was also the Chairman of Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi.[1][6]

An artist who is perceptive enough to reveal inner psychological world of characters and the inherent philosophic and mythical undercurrents of drama, Bhanu had directed number of plays to provide his view point on many relevant social issues and worked with both rural and urban breed of actors and thus, gave Indian Theatre a new meaning altogether.

In 2004, a three-day theatre festival of his plays was held at Tagore theatre, Chandigarh.[8] His 2010 play, Doobi Ladki brings together three short stories by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, including May Night, or the Drowned Maiden, The Overcoat, and The Nose[9]


Bhanu Bharti has been honoured with many prestigious National Awards for his contribution to the field of theatre including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the year 1997 given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama[10] and Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi Award.


  1. ^ a b "Yearning for fulfilment :Noted stage director Bhanu Bharti speaks on his love for theatre, tribals and more.". The Hindu. 28 July 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Root Cause". The Indian Express. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "And now, another message of peace". The Hindu. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  4. ^ National School of Drama Alumni – 1973 NSD website.
  5. ^ Bhanu Bharti- Aaj Rangmandal British Council.
  6. ^ a b "Using theatre to voice feelings of sufferers". The Tribune. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Yamgatha
  8. ^ "Exploring dynamics of life & death". The Tribune. 8 November 2004. 
  9. ^ "From Gogol's Coat". The Indian Express. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Drama Direction Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Official website.

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