M. K. Raina
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Mr. M.K. Raina
|Born||Maharaj Krishna Raina
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Years active||1969 - Present|
|Awards||Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - Direction 1995|
Maharaj Krishna Raina, popularly known as M.K. Raina is one of India's best-known theatre actors and directors. M. K. Raina graduated from National School of Drama in 1970 with Best actor award. Since 1972 he has been freelance theater worker and film person, working all over India in many languages and with many traditional forms.
Maharaj Krishna Raina was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Maharaj completed his college in Srinagar and then moved to NSD in delhi on a state scholarship. Raina, born into a Kashmiri Pandit family, comes from a family background of doctors & engineers. His father was also a Political activist, and this also influenced Raina into social activism.
Career and work
Theatre and drama
After graduating from National school of drama in 1970, Raina commenced on his work in Indian parallel cinema "27 Down", in which he also plays the lead role of 'Sanjay'. He has produced over 130 plays in 13 launguages. His association with the rural and urban theater across the country has developed into a unique style, where both forms blend together and yet are rich with contemporary meaning and significance.
As an actor, he has worked in more than a hundred plays. He has directed several memorable productions like Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Karmawali, Lower Depths, Pari Kukh, Kabhi Na Chooden Khet and The Mother; 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 and directed in a number of feature films including 27 Down, Satah Se Uthta Aadmi, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Tamas, Titli, Genesis, Tarang, Ankur Mayna Kabutar etc.
He has been making documentary films for many years. His latest documentary Sacred Dances at Hemis Festiual has been made for Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts.
Besides being a practicing actor/director in theater and media, he is known also as a cultural activist. Raina believes that culture is a counterpoint to the violence & terrorism around us.
He has received the Sanskriti Samman in 1980, the Sahitya Kala parishad Award in 1981, Best Director of the year by West Bengal Government 1982, the Best Director's award of Punjabi Akademi, Delhi in 1987.
Raina's wife is a doctor and also has two children, a son and a daughter. 
- Aisha (2010)..... Aisha's father
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) .... Taani's father
- Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) (2007) .... Principal - Boarding School
- Lakshya (2004) (Preity Father)
- Main Azaad Hoon (1989) .... Newspaper employee
- Genesis (1986) .... The trader
- Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986) .... Juror #7
- New Delhi Times (1986)
- Aghaat (1985)
- Giddh: The Vulture (1984) .... Masterji
- Tarang (1984) .... Abdul
- Tasveer Apni Apni (1984) (TV) .... Office Manager
- Satah Se Uthata Aadmi (1980) .... Keshav
- 27 Down (1974) .... Sanjay
- Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre. Greenwood. Retrieved 2007-03-25. "RAINA, MAHARAJ KRISHNA (1 948-). Indian Hindi-language actor and director of stage and screen, born in Srinagar, Kashmir. He studied at New Delhi's National School of Drama, earning the school's best actor award at his 1970 graduation."
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- "Slow trotter, going places ...". www.hindu.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website.
- "Visiting artists, M.K. Raina". Stanford.com. October 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "Man of multiples – Indian Express : Anant Raina". Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle. July 31, 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- An article on Raina
- An online television series about Upanishads which casts M.K. Raina (English spoken, after introduction in Dutch)
- M. K. Raina at the Internet Movie Database
- "Beat the bullies (Interview)". The Telegraph (Kolkata). February 14, 2010.