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M. K. Raina

M. K. Raina is one of India's best-known theatre actors and directors. He graduated from theNational School of Drama in 1970 with a best actor award. Since 1972, he has been a freelance theatre worker and film-person, working all over India in many languages and with many traditional forms. Maharaj Krishna Raina was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. His association with rural and urban theatre across the country has developed into a unique style, where both forms blend and yet are rich with contemporary meaning and significance.As an actor, he has worked in more than 100 plays. He has directed several memorable productions, such asKabiraKhada Bazar Mein, Karmawali, Lower Depths, PariKukh, Kabhi Na Chooden Khet and The Mother-Andha Yug, which he directed, was performed in Berlin and the Festival of India in the USSR. He also produced Jasma Odan at Hawaii University in 1986. Raina has conducted many theatre workshops and acted and directed in a number of feature films, including 27 Down, Satah Se Uthta Aadmiand Ek Ruka Hua Faisla. His latest documentary film, Sacred Dances at Hemis Festival, has been made for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. He was awarded the SanskritiSamman in 1980 and the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 1981, the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1995 and the Swarna Padak from Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1996, for his contribution to Indian theatre. Besides being a practising actor/director in theatre and media, he is known also as a cultural activist.

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