Theatre legend Ebrahim Alkazi, 95, handed away on Tuesday. He died of a “massive heart attack” at Escorts Hospital in New Delhi, his son and theatre director Feisal Alkazi instructed indianexpress.com. Alkazi, credited for revolutionising theatre in India, grew to become one of the crucial distinguished theatre artistes in Mumbai through the 1940s and 1950s. However, at 37, Alkazi moved to Delhi and served because the director of National School of Drama (NSD) for the subsequent 15 years (1962 to 1977) — the longest tenure ever in the historical past of the institute.
As director of National School of Drama, he formed the course for trendy Indian theatre, establishing hyperlinks between conventional vocabulary and trendy idiom. In Bombay, Alkazi did highly effective renditions of Greek tragedies, Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Chekov and August Strindberg.
At 50, Alkazi stop the NSD and theatre and arrange the gallery Art Heritage together with his spouse in New Delhi, and constructed his assortment of artwork, images and books.
What many have no idea is that Alkazi was additionally a famous artwork connoisseur and collector. He was near the members of the Progressive Artists’ Group similar to FN Souza, Akbar Padamsee and MF Husain — a few of who later painted and designed units for his performs.
Born to a rich Saudi Arabian father and a Kuwaiti mom, Alkazi was certainly one of 9 siblings who had a snug childhood in Pune. After the Partition, whereas the remainder of his household moved to Pakistan, Alkazi determined to remain back in India. Interested each in high quality artwork and theatre, as a pupil at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai he joined Sultan “Bobby” Padamsee’s Theatre Group company. Though he headed to London in the late 1940s to pursue artwork, he finally joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.