Ram Gopal Bajaj
|Ram Gopal Bajaj|
|Born||1 July 1940|
1996: 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).
Ram Gopal Bajaj graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1965. He became a member of its faculty and eventually its Director (November 1995 – September 2001). During his tenure as the head of NSD he has been credited to have started two theatre festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsava (National Theatre Festival) and Jashn-e-Bachpan (National Children 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 remained the Chief of the National School of Drama, Repertory Company from 1988 to 1994.He also Translated Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Taledanda) in Hindi, first directed by Ebrahim Alkazi for National School of Drama rep., then by Arvind Gaur (1995) for Asmita Theater.
He has also been connected with the film industry for many years, first as an assistant director in art films like Utsav (1984) and Godhuli (1977), later appearing in small character roles in films like, Masoom (1983), Hip Hip Hurray (1984), Mirch Masala (1985), closely followed by Chandni (1989). His most noted film role has been in Parzania and as the Guru, in Jackie Chan starrer, The Myth, both in 2005. Most recently, he starred as Dr. Amit Singh in the leading role of Mango Dreams (2016).He also acted In Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 as Advocate Rizvi Sahab. He is currently seen in drama television show Rishton Ka Chakravyuh
He is a member of the academic council of National School of Drama, New Delhi.
- Past Directors Archived 27 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine. National School of Drama, New Delhi, Official website.
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards
- NSD Annual Report Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Ram Gopal Bajaj to get Kalidas Samman". Business Standard. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-11-06.