2 February 1963|
|Awards||Karmaveer Puraskaar Artistes 4 Change; Colour of Nation Award, 2005|
Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़) is an Indian theatre director known for innovative, socially and politically relevant plays in India.  Gaur's plays are contemporary and thought-provoking, connecting intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political issues. His work deals with Internet censorship, communalism, caste issues, feudalism, domestic violence, crimes of state, politics of power, violence, injustice, social discrimination, marginalisation, and racism. Arvind is the leader of Asmita, Delhi's "most prolific theatre group", and is an actor trainer, social activist, street theatre worker and story teller.
Gaur was the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India) (1997–98). He was on the guest faculty of Delhi University for Theatre in education program for three years. He has conducted many theatre workshops and performed in colleges, institutions, universities and schools in India and abroad.
He organizes theatre workshops for children in schools and slums as well as street theatre performances on socio-political issues. He has directed more than 60 stage plays over two decades.
He was born on 2 February 1963 in Delhi. Arvind’s father Shri Shiva Nandan Sharma (died on 16.04.09) was a Maths scholar and his mother Saraswati Devi is a housewife. He has one brother Anil Gaur and three sisters: Shashi Prabha, late Mithlesh and Dr. Anita Gaur. His wife Dr. Sangeeta Gaur.
After completing his schooling from Model School, Vivek Vihar in Delhi, he decided to study engineering in Electronic Communication. Later, he joined the Delhi Public Library drama group. In DPL He acted in and directed plays. Then he worked with slum kids and industrial labourers for some time and conducted workshops for them. His first street play was with Zakir Hussein College, called Videshi Aya. It became very popular and he staged it around 200 schools. After this, his desire to express led him to journalism. He worked with the Navbharat Times newspaper as culture columnist for about four years.
Watching plays, reading about them and writing about them is how his training in theatre started. He then shifted to Press Trust of India (PTI-TV). He was associated with TV serial Tana-Bana. He was in charge of the research and programming there. All through his years with street theatre, print and television, Gaur had developed keen interest in direction. Finally, after devoting two years to PTI-TV, he felt the urge to switch to theatre completely.
He performed Girish Karnad's Tughlaq in a small basement theatre (SRC). It was a huge success. His Tughlaq was selected as "the best play of the year 1994" by Sahitya Kala Parishad. He achieved greater heights during a decade in theatre. He trained actors in his own style. He trained them as a complete theatre person. Arvind Gaur also collaborated with theatre artists and groups specially in exploring a new language for solo performances.
- Girish Karnad's Tughlaq translations by B. V. Karanth, Surekha Sikri & K.K. Nayyar
- Bhisham Sahni's Hanoosh
- Dharamvir Bharati's Andha Yug (The Age of Blindness)
- Swadesh Deepak’s Court Martial (450 shows)
- Govind Deshpande’s Antim Divas, translated in Hindi by Chandra kant patil
- Albert Camus's Caligula (play), translation by Sharad Chandra
- Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Taledanda), Hindi Translation by Ram Gopal Bajaj
- Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle translated by Kamleshwar
- Mahesh Dattani's Final Solutions, translation by Shahid Anwar
- Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms translated by Nadira Babbar
- Dario Fo's Operation Three Star, adaptation of Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Amitabh Srivatava
- Dr. Narendra Mohan's Kalandar & Mr.Jinnah
- Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, translation Krishna Bal Dev Vaid
- John Octanasek's Romeo Juliet and the darkness, script by Aishveryaa Nidhi
- Neil Simon's The Good Doctor, Adaptation - Sunil Jasuja, Sadia & Aparna Singh
- Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghashiram Kotwal
- Sharad Joshi's Andhon ka Hathi & Ek tha Gadha urf aladat Khan
- Munshi Premchand's Mote ram ka Satyagrah, Adaptation by Habib Tanvir and Safdar Hashmi
- Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi
- Nag Bodas's Amma Tujhe salaam
- Rajesh Kumar's Me Gandhi Bolto
- William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
- Mahesh Dattani's Tara, translation by Neeraj Mallik
- Vijay Mishra’s Tatt Niranjana, translation by Rajendra Prasad Mishra
- Doodnath Singh's Yama Gatha
- Uday Prakash's Warren Hastings ka Saand
- Dr. Harish Naval's Peeli Chht par Kaala Nissan
- Bhisham Sahni's Kabira ( Kabir ) kheda Bazar Mai
- Mahesh Dattani's 30 Days in September, Hindi translation by Smita Nirula
- Bharatendu Harishchandra's Andher Nagri
- Harsh Mander's Unsuni, script by Mallika Sarabhai
- Rajesh Kumar's Ambedkar Aur Gandhi Nominated for the best play, best direction and best ensemble in the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards-2011
- Mohan Rakesh's Leheron Ke Raj Hans
- Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan 'Ramkali',adaptation by Amitabh Srivastava,starring Mallika Sarabhai and Shilpi Marwaha (34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival)
- Gulzar's Kharaashein,play based on his poetries and stories
- Govind Purushottam Deshpande's Raastey.hindi translation by Jyoti Subhash
- Mahesh Bhatt's The Last Salute,written by Rajesh Kumar.Play based on Muntadhar al-Zaidi's Book.
- Partition play based on Saadat Hasan Manto's stories
- Dario Fo's 'Chukayenge Nahi' Can't Pay? Won't Pay!, Hindi adaptation by Amitabh Srivastava
- Rajesh Kumar's play 'Trial of Errors'
Solo play direction
- Bhisham Sahni's Madhavi solo play with Rashi Bunny
- Untitled, solo with Lushin Dubey (Theatre World)
- Manjula Padmanabhan's Hidden Fires, with Rashi Bunny
- Gandhari...in search of light, solo with Aishveryaa Nidhi 
- Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis by Ruth Sheard
- Women in Black, one-woman show written & acted by Bubbles Sabharwal
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, one-woman show by Rashi Bunny
- Pinki Virani's Bitter Chocolate solo by Lushin Dubey
- Walking through the Rainbow, with Rashi Bunny
- Story of the Tiger, with Jaimini Kumar Srivastava
- A Woman Alone, solo with Ruth Sheard
- 'I Will Not Cry',solo with Lushin Dubey
Gaur directed more than 40 street theatre performances on socio-political issues. He has always raised voice against any socio-political issue that effects the common public. He directed street plays like Corruption, Garbage, Road Rage, and Dastak which is against the issue of eve teasing. His street plays are always thought-provoking and leave a huge mark on the mindset. He and his team performs socio-political street plays all across Delhi/NCR and the country. He is regarded as a man with a message who believes that change can start from society, if we wish to start the change.
On May 2nd 2017, Theatre and film actor Shilpi Marwaha broke her 11-year long association with Asmita Theatre Group, alleging that Arun Gaur made "advances" towards her. He made advances, and the moment it happened, I said no and left. It started in February 2016 in Varanasi, when we were rehearsing for a play late at night. We were discussing a script when he tried to hold my hand and made advances towards me. I left immediately and thought he would not repeat this. But it happened again after five-six months. He would say, 'Yeh toh normal cheez hai, ismein galat kya hai?' After it happened for the first time, I did not go to Asmita for many days," she says
Translation and Scripting
- He translated Rabindranath Tagore's Visarjan (Sacrifice), performed by the Darpana Theatre Group directed by Ujjwal Dave
- Arvind Gaur translated Unsuni in Hindi; script and direction by Mallika Sarabhai
He scripted plays like Untitled, Gandhari..in search of light, I will not Cry, Bitter Chocolate (based on Pinki Virani's book), Madhavi solo play (based on Bhisham Sahni's play) and many street plays for Asmita Theatre.
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- "The World of Theatre" by Ian Herbert, Nicole Leclercq (P-126) published by International Theatre Institute
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