M. K. Raina
M. K. Raina is one of India's best-known theatre actors and directors.
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
and significance.As an actor, he has worked in more than 100
plays. He has
directed several memorable productions, such asKabiraKhada Bazar Mein,
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
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