Niranjan Goswami
Occupation(s)Mime artist
Stage director
Known forMime [ Mukabhinaya]
AwardsPadma Shri Sangeet Natak Akademi

Niranjan Goswami is an Indian mime artist and stage director, credited by many with pioneering the art form of mime in India.[1][2] He is the founder of Indian Mime Theatre, a group promoting the art of Mukhabhinaya (silent acting).[3]


He started his career in the late 1960s with Bahurupi, a local theatre group, but later joined Rabindra Bharati University for a course in theatre.[2] In 1976, he founded Indian Mime Theatre for promoting mime and has performed on many stages in India and abroad.[4] He is a visiting professor at the National School of Drama (NSD) and many other theatre institutions.[5] He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002.[6] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to Arts.[7]


  1. ^ "Mukabhinaya: The Art of my Life". Web video. Tedx Talks. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The past master of silent feelers". Indian Express. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ "About Us". Indian Mime Theatre. 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Padma Shree Niranjan Goswami, Mime Artist". Of Indian Origin. 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  5. ^ "My Gurus". Indian Mime Academy. 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.