Famous Theatre Directors from India

List of notable or famous theatre directors from India, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in India and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from India is included when available.

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This historic theatre directors from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from India?" These prominent theatre directors of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian theatre directors.

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  • Anthony Page (21 September 1935 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India) is a British stage and film director.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Bangalore, India
  • Barry John
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    Barry John (born 1944) is a British-born, Indian theatre director and teacher, who was the Founder-Director of 'Theatre Action Group' (TAG) (1973), one of the early theatre groups based in Delhi. In 1997, he launched Imago Media Company, along with Sanjay Sujitabh, and also started Imago Acting School in Delhi, both of which moved to Mumbai in March 2007. The school also got him recognition, as some of the alumni went on to become Bollywood actors, including Shahrukh Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Samir Soni and Shiney Ahuja, as well as Hollywood stars like Freida Pinto and one of the top 10 US media companies CEO Samir Arora. He has been based in India since 1969. After moving to Mumbai his acting ...more
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Coventry, United Kingdom
  • Bijay Mohanty (born 8 April 1950) is a film actor of Odia Cinema. He won the National Film Awards.
    • Birthplace: Kendrapara, India
  • Birendra Krishna Bhadra
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    Birendra Krishna Bhadra (Bengali: বীরেন্দ্রকৃষ্ণ ভদ্র) (1905–1991) was a radio broadcaster, playwright, actor, narrator and theatre director from Kolkata, India and a contemporary of Pankaj Mallick and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He worked for the All India Radio, India's National Radio broadcaster for several years during its early, starting 1930s, and during this period he produced and adapted several plays.Today, he is most known for his soaring Sanskrit recitation and India's oldest radio show, Mahishashura Mardini (1931), a collection of shlokas and songs broadcast by All India Radio Calcutta (now Kolkata) at 4:00 am, in the dawn of Mahalaya. He also acted and directed several plays in Bengali ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1905-1991)
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
  • Dinesh Thakur (1947 – 20 September 2012) was a noted Indian theatre director, actor in theatre, television and Hindi film, where most notably he appeared as one of the leads in Rajnigandha 1974 and directed by Basu Chatterjee, which won both Filmfare Best Movie Award and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Dinesh Thakur was born in 1947 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. He was the founder-director of ANK productions, a Mumbai-based theatre company, established in 1976.Though he mainly appeared as character roles in Hindi films, as a screenwriter and story writer, he is known for writing the story and screenplay of Ghar (1978), which won him the 1979 Filmfare Best Story Award. He died on ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1947-2012)
    • Birthplace: Jaipur, India
  • Lushin Dubey is an Indian stage actor and director. She directed, acted and scripted many drama productions for over 20 years. Lushin is also known for her solo plays Untitled and Pinki Virani's Bitter Chocolate with theatre director Arvind Gaur. She acted in films like Partition (2007), Murder Unveiled (2005) — for which she won 2006 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series — and Perfect Husband.