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Born (1951-02-10) 10 February 1951 (age 65)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Occupation Theatre director
Years active 1970 - present

Prasanna (born 1951), is a British Indian theatre director and playwright from Karnataka. He is one of the pioneers of modern Kannada theatre.[1] He graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD). He founded Samudaya and gave a creative direction to Kannada theatre in the 1970s with other activists. Prasanna lives in Heggodu in Karnataka. He is known for his organisational skills and new ideas and innovations in theatre.[2] He is a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee. He has directed plays for National School of Drama (Repertory Company, NSD), Ninasam, Rangamandal-Bhopal, Rangayana and worked with many theatre organizations of India.[3]


Girish Karnad's Tughlaq, Gandhi, Life of Galileo, Thai (Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children), Acharya Tartuf, Lal Ghas Per Neele Ghode (translation -Uday Prakash), Ek Lok Katha, Shakuntalam (Abhijñānaśākuntalam), Fujiyama, Dangeya Munchina Dinagalu, Kadadida Neeru, Uttar Ram Charit, Cupid's Broken Arrow,[4] William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Seema Paar(Play on Bharatendu Harishchandra)[5] etc.


He is also a Kannada playwright, Novelist, and poet. Some of his dramas are:Uli,Seema Paar,Dangeya Munchina Dinagalu, Ondu Lokada Kathe,Haddu Meerida Haadi,Mahihmapura,Jangamada Badaku.

Work for visual media[edit]



  1. ^ Parul Sharma (2007-12-31). "An acting activist all the way". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ {{cite web |url= |title=Introduce theatre edn in govt schools: Prasanna |accessdate=2008-12-21 |author=DH News Service} }
  3. ^ Rangayana Mysore. "the pioneers of Modern Kannada Theatre". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ The Times of India (2005-02-26). "This play gives desi hue to foreign classics". The Times Of India. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ Ankur Kalitaa. "The Ultimate Frontier-Prasanna's Seema Paar explores the many faces of death". Retrieved 2008-12-21. 

External links[edit]

1. National theatre needs to be redined: Prasanna
2. Essay Saffron curtain ;
3. If people play their part by Priya Kanungo
4. Theatre At The Grass Roots: K.V. Subbanna In Dialogue With Prasanna And Geeti Sen
5. Let the colours be ;The Hindu
6. Centre concedes Prasanna's demand ;The Hindu