Arundathi Nag

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Arundhati Nag[1]
Arundhati Nag.jpg
Born 6 July 1956
New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Artiste
Years active 1973 –present
Spouse(s) Shankar Nag(c. 1954-1990)
Children 1

Arundhati Nag (née Rao) (born 6 July 1956)[2] is a film and theatre actress. 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, and then in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English, in Bangalore.

Following her marriage to Kannada actor-director Shankar Nag (1954–1990), her association with theatre continued in Bangalore, where she performed several plays in Kannada: Girish Karnad's "Anju Mallige", "27 Mavalli Circle" based on the famous play 'Wait Until Dark', "Sandhya Chayya" (Jayant Dalvi), Girish Karnad's "Nagamandala", and Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage" as "Hulaguru Huliyavva". She also worked in several Kannada movies: "Accident" (1984), Parameshi Prema Prasanga" (1984) and "Nodiswamy, Navirodu Heege" (1987).[3]

Nag went on to realise a long-time dream of building a theatre space dedicated to quality theatre in Bangalore: Ranga Shankara.[4][5][6][7]

She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2008), the Padma Shri (2010) and the National Film Awards (57th) in 2010.[8][9]


Nag's career spans over 40 years of theatre, film and television. She is the founder and the Managing Trustee of the Sanket Trust, established in 1992, which runs Ranga Shankara, a theatre space in Bangalore.,.[10][11] Ranga Shankara offers a quality theatre experience for theatre lovers in city.[12][13] The annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, now in its twelfth year, has become a regular feature on Bangalore's cultural calendar.[14]

Nag continues to be actively involved in theatre: her most recent works include Girish Karnad's "Bikhre Bimb" (Hindi) and "Odakalu Bimba" (Kannada).

Her last major movie was The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016), in which she played the mother of the mathematical wizard Ramanujan. She has also appeared in Hindi movies including Paa (2009), "Sapnay" (1997) and "Dil Se" (1998), Kannada movies including Golibar (1991), Jogi (2005) and "Andar Bahar", and Malayalam Da Thadiya (2012)

Personal life[edit]

At 17, she met Shankar Nag, also a theatre artist. Six years later, the two got married and she moved to Bangalore. Shankar became a well-known film actor, and later a director, most remembered for his TV adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Malgudi Days (1987).[7] They had a daughter together, Kaavya.

In 1990, she lost her husband, Shankar Nag, in a car accident. Arundhati continued to act in theatre, and began to work towards realising her dream of a theatre space, which in 2004, finally materialised into Ranga Shankara, which is today one of India's premier venues for theatre.



Year Film Language Role Other notes
1979 22 June 1897 Marathi
1983 Nodi Swamy Navirodu Heege 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
1996 Shiva Sainya Kannada
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Tamil Mother Superior
1998 Dil Se.. Hindi AIR director
2003 Ek Alag Mausam Hindi Aparna's mother
2005 Jogi Kannada Shivrajkumar's mother
2007 Chaurahen Hindi Nandakumar Nair
2009 Paa Hindi Vidya Balan's mother/Bum Won, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Da Thadiya Malayalam "Night Rider"
2013 Andhar Bahar Kannada
2016 The Man Who Knew Infinity English Ramanujan's mother

Assistant director[edit]



  1. ^ , which runs Ranga Shankara. Sanket Trust Ranga Shankara Official website.
  2. ^ "Curtain call". Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Arundhati Nag Profile and Interview
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ A theatre of one's own Frontline, Volume 21 – Issue 24, 20 November – 3 December 2004.
  6. ^ Dream of a theatre The Hindu, 21 November 2004.
  7. ^ a b "Ready for an encore". The Times of India. 28 September 2003. 
  8. ^ Sangeet Natak Akademi Award [permanent dead link] Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  9. ^ Padmashree
  10. ^ Sanket Trust
  11. ^ Ranga Shankara
  12. ^ The HinduManaging Trustee, 9 December 2006.
  13. ^ Arundhati Nag – Making The World See Her Dreams! South Asian Women's Forum, 7 March 2005.
  14. ^ Ranga Shankara theatre festival rolls on The Hindu, 16 November 2004.
  15. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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