In Memoriam

This year, our community lost several giants – celebrated actors, directors and producers who did incredible work in the theatre industry. We would like to thank them all, for laying the groundwork for us, for giving us the opportunity to inherit their legacy. Their work lives on, in the minds and memories of all the young and old artists, audience members and colleagues they influenced.

Our sincere condolences to their loved ones. In Memoriam, always.

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Ebrahim Alkazi (1924 – 2020)

One of the most notable exponents of Indian theatre, a brave experimenter, a strict disciplinarian, a lover of the performing arts – he influenced a whole generation of theatre-makers through his work as the Director of the National School of Drama.


Bomi Kapadia (1927 – 2020)

The King of Comedy, a veteran actor who made his mark in both theatre and film.


Bhanu Athaiya (1929 – 2020)

A celebrated costume designer & the first Indian to win an Academy Award for her work in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.

Ruby Patel (1933 – 2020)

The first lady of the Parsi-Gujarati stage, this theatre veteran added elegance and flair to commercial Gujarati theatre.


Rajaram Bhalerao (1933 – 2020)

A patron of the theatre, he dedicated his life to reviving Marathi theatre through the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh.


Soumitra Chatterjee (1935 – 2020)


A doyen of Bengali theatre and cinema, he brought several of Satyajit Ray’s legendary characters to life with his craft.


Shrikant Shah (1936 – 2020)

A Gujarati poet and playwright, he wrote across genres and is fondly remembered for his experiments in literature, most notably in his “modern novel”, Asti.

A still of Shri Ratnakar Ramakrishna Matkari who will be presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre Playwriting - Marathi by the President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on October 26, 2004.

Ratnakar Matkari (1938 – 2020) A self-taught Marathi playwright who built an extraordinary career in literature, art-house theatre, film and television.


Usha Ganguly (1945 – 2020)


An eminent director, actor and activist, she was the force behind sustaining Hindi theatre in Kolkata.


Astad Deboo (1947 – 2020)

A veteran choreographer and pioneer of modern dance in India.


Uttam Gada (1948 – 2020)

An eminent Gujarati and Hindi playwright, he donned many hats – actor, director, script writer and author.


Kamlesh Motta (1964 – 2020)

A force in the theatre industry since 1984, he believed in the power of satire and storytelling and directed hit plays like Saraswatichandra and Hum Bhi Kisi Se Kam Nahi starring Reema Lagoo.


Asif Basra (1967 – 2020)


This well-known film and theatre actor made every part he played memorable, reflecting the gift of the craft he possessed. 


Tejas D Parvatkar (1978 – 2020)

He began his journey in inter-college Marathi theatre and went on to estav as a director, writer, light designer and

technical director. 


Preksha Mehta (1995 – 2020)

An actor that conquered all three mediums – theatre, film and television – with her performances.