Theatre director Ebrahim Alkazi, who revolutionised Indian theatre and was the longest-serving director of the Nationwide Faculty of Drama, handed away on Tuesday right here on the age of 94.
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Alkazi was remembered for his contribution in the direction of trendy Indian theatre, together with bringing in technical features of the craft and making the NSD the premier coaching institute for theatre. In his tenure as director of NSD from 1962 to 1977, he mentored college students who went on to grow to be nice actors, together with Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri.
Alkazi’s son, theatre director Feisal Alkazi, mentioned he handed away on Tuesday afternoon after struggling a large coronary heart assault. He had been admitted to Escorts Hospital on Sunday evening, Mr. Feisal Alkazi mentioned.
Talking about his father’s legacy, Mr. Feisal Alkazi mentioned: “Everyone remembers him as the daddy of Indian theatre. He was the primary particular person to convey regional language performs to NSD, he constructed a robust institutional construction and introduced Indian theatre to the world.”
Among the many over 50 performs he directed have been Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq and Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.
“NSD household deeply mourns the passing away of theatre legend, Padma Vibhushan Shri Ebrahim Alkazi, ex-director of NSD from 1962-77. This can be a nice loss to the nation and specifically to the theatre world,” NSD mentioned in a tweet.
NSD Director In Cost Suresh Sharma mentioned Alkazi, who based the NSD Repertory Firm, was not solely a famend director, he was additionally a fantastic administrator who would examine college students’ hostels and educate lessons, making his tenure as director “the NSD’s golden years”.
Condolences for Alkazi poured in from political leaders, eminent theatre personalities and followers on social media.
“Ebrahim Alkazi, doyen of Indian theatre, mentored and impressed generations of artists. His demise leaves a void on the earth of performing arts. A Padma Vibhushan recipient, his legacy will dwell on. My condolences to his household, college students and artwork lovers,” the official Twitter account for President Ram Nath Kovind mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned in a tweet that Alkazi could be remembered for making theatre extra common and accessible throughout the nation.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui mentioned of Alkazi by way of a tweet: “The true architect of the Trendy Indian Theatre. The Doyen who possessed the acute information in all of the features of ART. The magician who nurtured many greats of theatre. Might your brightest spark from the heaven retains us enlightening.”