Satish Alekar is the author of Marathi plays like MAHANIRVAN, MICKY ANI MEMSAHIB, MAHAPOOR, DOOSRA SAMANA, BEGUM BARVE, SHANIWAR – RAVIWAR, PIDHIJAT” (DYNASTS), etc. is practicing theatre in Maharashtra since 1970. Satish Alekar was working as Professor and Head of the Centre for Performing Arts (Lalit Kala Kendra) at University of Pune from July 1996 till he retired in Jan. 2009. He developed the Centre for for Performing Arts at Pune University during his tenure as Professor and Head (1996-2009) from the scratch. It is regarded as the one of the best training centres in the field of Performing Arts in the country and in Asia.
He is one of the founder members of India’s best-known theatre group THEATER ACADEMY, PUNE that he administered from 1973 to 92. Many of his plays have been translated and produced in several regional languages all over India. With his plays like MAHANIRVAN (1974) and BEGUM BARVE (1979) he created new idiom in Marathi theatre by his unique use of black humor, language and absurdity to convey the oblique sense of reality. He also authored several short plays that are extensively staged by the experimental theatre groups all over Maharashtra for past thirty years. He recently completed his new short play “Ek Divas Mathakade…” which is running in Hindi at Delhi and in Marathi at Pune. English translation of this play published in the issue of “Theatre India” in March 2012 by NSD, Delhi.
Satish Alekar conceived and successfully implemented programmes like Playwrights Development Scheme and Regional Theater Group Development, which were supported, by the Ford Foundation for Theatre Academy, Pune since 1985 to 1994. He has extensively traveled abroad. In January-May 2003 he was the Fulbright Professor at Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of Arts, New York University. He also was at the Duke University, N.C., U.S.A. on adjunct teaching assignment during spring 1995 semester. He lectured on CONTEMPORARY INDIAN THEATRE at the several universities in U.S.
Prof. Alekar is the recipient of “Padmashree” in 2012. He was honored with several National and State awards since 1973 for his contribution to the field of Theatre and Literature. He received Nandikar Sanman at Calcutta in 1992 and fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council, New York in 1983 to study Theatre in U. S. and from the Ford Foundation to study Theatre of South Asia in 1988. He received National Award for the playwriting in 1994- 95 from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi. He scripted the national award winning Marathi feature film Jait Re Jait in 1977 and directed a Hindi T.V. Serial in 13 parts Dekho Magar Pyarse for Doordarshan in 1985. He also scripted the dialogues for Marathi feature film Katha Don Ganpatravanchi produced by N.F.D.C. in 1995-96. He was invited to participate in ODIN THEATRE week by Eugenio Barba at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark in August 2002. He participated in the 12th ISTA’s International Theatre workshop conducted by Eugenio Barba in Germany in September 2001 and in Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre’s Playwrights Conference in Connecticut (U.S.) in 1992. He participated in the World Theatre Congress of I.T.I. (UNESCO, Paris) held in Berlin (1983), Athens, Greece (2002) and Tampico, Mexico (2004) where he is nominated as the Vice President of the International Playwrights Forum.
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