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Arvind Gaur
Born 2 February 1963(1963-02-02)
Delhi, India
Occupation Theatre Director

Arvind Gaur ( अरविन्द गौड़ ), Indian theatre director, is known for his work in innovative, socially and politically relevant theatre.[1] Gaur's plays are contemporary and thought-provoking, connecting intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political issues.[2] His work deals with communalism, caste issues, feudalism, domestic violence, Crime of State, Politics of power, violence, injustice, social discrimination, marginalisation, and racism. Arvind is the leader of Asmita ,Delhi's "most prolific theatre group",[3] and is also an actor trainer, social activist,street theatre worker and story teller.[4]

Gaur was the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India) (1997-98). He was on the guest faculty of Delhi University for Theatre in education program for three years. He has conducted many theatre workshops and performed in various colleges, institutions, universities and schools in India and abroad.[5]

He has organized theatre workshops for children[6] in schools and slums as well as street theatre performances on different socio-political issues.[7] He has directed more than 60 stage plays over two decades.[8]


Personal life

Born 2 February, 1963 in Delhi. Arvind’s father late Shri Shiva Nandan Shrama (died on 16.04.09) was a Maths scholar and his mother Mrs. Saraswati Devi is a housewife. He has one brother Anil Gaur & three sisters – Shashi Prabha,late Mithlesh and Dr. Anita Gaur. His wife Dr. Sangeeta Gaur is a very talented vocalist, composer & music director. He has twin daughters Kakoli & Saveree.

Theatre career

After completing his schooling from Model School, Vivek Vihar in Delhi, he decided to study engineering in Electronic Communication from PUSA Institute. Later, he joined the Delhi Public Library drama group.[8] In DPL He acted in and directed various plays. Then he worked with slum kids and industrial labours for some time and conducted workshops for them. His first street play was with Zakir Hussein College, called Videshi Aya. It became very popular and he staged it around 200 schools. After this, his desire to express led him to journalism. He worked with the Navbharat Times newspaper as Culture columnist for about four years.[8]

Watching plays, reading about them and writing about them is how his training in theatre started. He then shifted to Press Trust of India (PTI-TV). He was associated with TV serial Tana-Bana. He was in charge of the research and programming there. All through his years with street theatre, print and television, Gaur had developed keen interest in direction. Finally, after devoting two years to PTI-TV he felt the urge to switch to theatre completely.[9]


Theatre journey

Arvind's Debut play was Bhisham Sahni's Hanoosh (February,1993). He started his theatre journey with classics like Tughlaq, Andha Yug, Caligula (play), Julius Caesar (play)etc. He performed Girish Karnad's Tughlaq in a small basement theatre(SRC). It was a huge success. His Tughlaq was Selected as "the best play of the year 1994" by Sahitya Kala Parishad. He achieved greater heights during a decade in theatre. He trained actors in his own style. He trained them as a complete theatre person. Arvind Gaur also collaborated with various Theatre artists and Groups specially in exploring a new language for Solo performances.[10]

Major Directions

Solo Play direction

  • Story of the Tiger, solo with Jaimini Kumar Srivastava
  • Women in Black, one-woman show written & acted by Bubbles Sabharwal[19]
  • Untitled, solo with Lushin Dubey (Theatre World)[20]
  • Bhisham Sahni ’s Madhavi solo play with Rashi Bunny[21]
  • Walking through the Rainbow, with Rashi Bunny
  • Pinki Virani's Bitter Chocolate solo by Lushin Dubey[22]
  • Manjula Padmanabhan 's Hidden Fires, with Rashi Bunny[23]
  • Sarah Kane 's 4.48 Psychosis by Ruth Sheard[24]
  • Little Prince, solo with Rashi Bunny
  • A Woman Alone , solo with Ruth Sheard
  • Gandhari, solo with Aishveryaa Nidhi [25]

Street Plays

He directed more than 25 Street Theatre performances on different Socio- political issues.Recently his group performed a series of "Anti Corruption " Street play in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ROSA.[26]


  • Artists 4 Change Karmaveer Puraskaar Noble Laureates,2008 by iCONGO- Confederation of NGOs
  • Special Jury award for best play in experimentation with tradition the at International Solo Theatre Festival, Armenia,2004
  • Colour of Nation Award at International Theatre Festival, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia for Solo Play Madhavi by Rashi Bunny,2005
  • Radha Krishna Award for his contribution to Delhi’s art & culture,2007
  • Udhbhav Shikhar Samman (In memory of Aacharya Vijyendra Sanathak),2008
  • Swar-Dhrohar award ,2007

Work for Visual media

  1. Assistant director- Docu-film "In search of an ideology" Director-Prasanna for Doordarshan,Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,India
  2. Worked with Press Trust of India (PTI-TV).
  3. Acted in tele film "Dhabba" directed by Green Oscar awardee Mike Pandey, produced by Nafisa Ali.
  4. Assistant director-Docu-film "Gokak" (V. K. Gokak),Director- Prasanna for Sahitya Akademi,Delhi
  5. Research & Scripting for TV Serial"Taana -Bana "(1991-1992),produced by Press Trust of India

Translation and Scripting



  • He scripted plays like-Untitled,Gandhari,Bitter Chocolate(based on Pinki Virani's book),Madhavi solo play(based on Bhisham Sahni's play) and many street plays for Asmita Theatre.

Major Actors

Major cinema and theatre actors who trained under Arvind Gaur are-Kangana Ranaut ,Shilpa Shukla ,Manu Rishi,Aishveryaa Nidhi ,Deepak Dobriyal,Shakti Anand,Mohit Tripathi,Rajesh Bagotra ,Nandini Arora,Seema Azmi,Aparna Singh,Susan Brar etc

Prominent theatre actors who worked with him are- Piyush Mishra, Lushin Dubey,Bubbles Sabharwal,Ruth Sheard,Rashi Bunny,Jaimini Kumar Srivastava,Shailendra Gaur,Himansu Roy etc[29]


Arvind Gaur designs lights for Naya Theatre group's major productions under the Direction of Padma Shri Habib Tanvir.Arvind Gaur Also assisted Shri Habib Tanvir during the Prithvi Theatre Festival.He designs lights for Agra Bazar ( Nazir Akbarabadi's poetry),Charandas Chor (his masterpiece play , Edinburgh Fringe Award), Asghar Wajahat’s Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya ,Kamdeo ka Apna Basant Ritu ka Sapna (Habib Tanvir's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ),Canadian-Indian playwright Rahul Varma's Zahreeli Hawa and Gaon ke naon Sasural, mor naon Damand.

Further reading

  1. "Arvind Gaur-A Decade in Theatre"-Book by J.N. Kaushal (Ex-Acting Chief,National School of Drama,Repertory Company,),Published by ITI (International Theatre Institute), UNESCO,Indian Chapter
  2. "Raising the curtain on theatre"-Director Arvind Gaur Reflects on why India needs a cultural policy by Seema Sindhu(Life Fires,September,2007)
  3. His Voice-"Ace Act" ,essay by Shekhar Chandran(New Women,Jan.2008)
  4. "The World of Theatre" By Ian Herbert, Nicole Leclercq,(P-126) published by International Theatre Institute


  1. ^ Nandini Nair (2008-05-03). "Walking the causeway". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  2. ^ "Brechtfast in Ballimaran". Time Out Delhi. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  3. ^ Trisha Gupta. "Super trouper". Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  4. ^ Neelima Menon (2008-04-27). "Staging Narratives-Storytelling session for visually impaired children". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  5. ^ Stony Brook University (2004-10-14). "Untitled:A Solo Theatrical Performance by Lushin Dubey". Charles B.Wang Center. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  6. ^ Ishita Agarwal (2008-06-24). "Theatre tactics". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  7. ^ "Teach India strikes the right chord". Times of India. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  8. ^ a b c "A treat for the senses". The Hindu. 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  9. ^ Theatre Pasta (2007-10-08). "Nalina Mittra catches up with Arvind Gaur to find out more about his journey". Theatre Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  10. ^ "About Director-Arvind Gaur". Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  11. ^ Deepa Punjani. "In Retrospect: Select plays of the 9th National Theatre Festival at Nehru Centre, Mumbai". Retrieved 2008-10-08.  
  12. ^ Rana A. Siddiqui (2001-12-07). "The fall of a shooting star". The Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  13. ^ Mohd Arshi Rafique (2009-03-04). "Cut above-About a common man,but no common play this". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2009-03-05.  
  14. ^ Madhur Tankha (2007-08-25). "A tale of duplicity and deprivation". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  15. ^ Romesh Chander (2005-02-18). "Drama and mythology". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  16. ^ Romesh Chander (2009-08-20). "An ongoing dialogue". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-08-24.  
  17. ^ P.ANIMA (2009-07-17). "A spirited adventure". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-07-22.  
  18. ^ "34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival". The Times of India. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2009-12-31.  
  19. ^ Mala Kumar (2003-05-12). "Missing the rainbow". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  20. ^ Chitra Parayath (2003-04-06). "Untitled solo at Marlboro,New England". lokvani(Public Voice). Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  21. ^ "Anand Foundation New Delhi". Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  22. ^ Drama critic (2005-04-11). "An unspoken bitter truth". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  23. ^ Ankur Kalita (2004-07-29). "Solo for Peace". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  24. ^ Sumati Mehrishi Sharma (2005-12-31). "Mind Games". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  25. ^ Staff reporter (2005-03-28). "For the love of showbiz". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-10-09.  
  26. ^ UNODC ROSA. "Street Plays to Raise Public Awareness on the occasion of International Anti Corruption Day". Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  27. ^ Darpana Academy (2007-10-07). "Rabindranath Tagore's Visarjan (Sacrifice)". Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  28. ^ "Unsuni: Unheard Voices". Darpana. Retrieved 2008-12-30.  
  29. ^ "Prominent Actor's who worked with Arvind Gaur". Retrieved 2009-03-05.  

External links

  1. The good man of Delhi stage by Archana (2008-09-26) Mail-Today.
  2. Founder of Asmita Group, by Rohit Malik, Delhi Events (2008.12.30)
  3. Gandhari, solo-act by Aishveryaa Nidhi
  4. "All The World’s A Platform" by Shailaja Tripathi. Expressindia ,( 2003.09.17)
  5. "Heal the wounds" by Rohini Ramakrishan,(2004/12/11), The Hindu
  6. Dramatics Society of Lady Shri Ram College
  7. "A plethora of problems afflicts Hindi theatre" Rana A Siddiqui, The Tribune.(2001.12.28)
  8. "Mahesh Dattani's Final Solutions"Oneness Peace Festival,Hindu College,University of Delhi(2005.09.16)
  9. "Play of rules-Arvind Gaur's street theatre-Hatke Bachke"Nandini Nair,The Hindu (2009.01.12)
  10. "Nobody’s Child-Bitter Chocolate"Express Features Service,The Indian Expres(2004.01.08)
  11. "The Park’s The Other Festival"Onassis Awardee Manjula Padmanabhan's "Hidden fires"-The Museum Theatre,Chennai(2005.12.07)


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