Ratan Thiyam, the renowned theatre personality from Manipur, was appointed as the Chairperson of the National School of Drama Society on 19 August 2013 by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. His term will be of 4 years, according to the relevant Rules and Regulations of the Society. He replaced Amal Allana, who served two consecutive terms at the National School of Drama Society.
Life Sketch of Ratan Thiyam
• Ratan Thiyam was born on 20 January 1948. He is 65 years of age.
• He is an alumnus of National School of Drama. He graduated from this institute in New Delhi in the year 1974.
• He is a painter-playwright-actor-director by profession.
• In the year 1987, he won the Sangeet Natak Akademi award.
• He also won Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, and the Padma Shri given by Government of India in 1989.
• He is the founder director of Chorus Repertory Theatre in Imphal.
• He is the theatre director of some of the renowned plays such as Chakravyuh and Urubhangam.
• He is the man behind theatre of roots movement in the Indian theatre which started off in 1970s.
• He is also known as Thiyam Nemai and makes use of ancient Indian theater traditions as well as forms in contemporary styles.
• He was also honoured with the 2012 Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, which is the highest honour in performing arts conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.