Ram Gopal Bajaj

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Ram Gopal Bajaj
Born (1940-07-01) 1 July 1940 (age 78)
Years active1965–present
Awards1996: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
2000: Padma Shri
2017: Kalidas Samman

Ram Gopal Bajaj is an Indian theatre director, academician, and a Hindi film actor. He has also been a faculty member and a former director of National School of Drama, New Delhi (1995 – September 2001).[1]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 for his contribution to theatre.[2]


Ram Gopal Bajaj graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1965.[citation needed] He became a member of its faculty and eventually its Director (November 1995 – September 2001).[3] During his tenure as the head of NSD he started two theatre festivals, Bharat Rang Mahotsava (National Theatre Festival) and Jashn-e-Bachpan (National Children's Theatre Festival).

Over the years, he directed numerous plays with the National School of Drama, NSD Repertory Company, starting with Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se, Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak in 1974, Jai Shankar Prasad’s Skand Gupta in 1977, followed by Quaid-E-Hayaat in 1989. His other noted production was Ashadh Ka Ek Din by Mohan Rakesh in 1992. He also was the Chief of the National School of Drama, Repertory Company from 1988 to 1994. He translated Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Taledanda) into Hindi, first directed by Ebrahim Alkazi for NSD and then by Arvind Gaur (1995) for Asmita Theater.[4]

In 2017, he was honoured with Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.[5]


Bajaj has been connected with the film industry for over three decades, first as an assistant director in art films like Utsav (1984) and Godhuli (1977), later appearing in character roles in films like, Masoom (1983), Hip Hip Hurray (1984), Mirch Masala (1985), and Chandni (1989). His most noted film roles have been in Parzania and as the Guru, in Jackie Chan starrer, The Myth, both in 2005. He starred as Dr. Amit Singh in Mango Dreams (2016) and in Jolly LLB 2 as Advocate Rizvi Sahab.

He is currently seen in the television show Rishton Ka Chakravyuh.[5]

He is a member of the academic council of National School of Drama, New Delhi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Past Directors Archived 27 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine National School of Drama, New Delhi, Official website.
  2. ^ Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards
  3. ^ NSD Annual Report Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Drama critics. "Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Tale-Danda)". Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  5. ^ a b "Ram Gopal Bajaj to get Kalidas Samman". Business Standard. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-11-06.

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