Som Nath Sadhu
Kashmir, India
New Delhi
OccupationPlaywright, theatre personality
Known forKashmiri theatre
Parent(s)Prem Nath Pardesi
AwardsPadma Shri

Som Nath Sadhu (1935–1982) was an Indian theatre personality known for his contributions to Kashmiri theatre as an actor, playwright[1] and director.[2]

He was born in 1935 to the notable playwright, Prem Nath Pardase,[3] and started his career by joining Radio Kashmir in 1955.[2][4] There he had the opportunity to work with another Kashmiri playwright, Pushkar Bhan, with whom he co-wrote several plays for the radio.[5][3] Janaki, Lwakutboy (Younger Brother), Zi rang (Two Colours), Shama dan (Candlestick), Avihin (Vortex) and Shararat (Mischief) are among his notable works.[6] He also acted in two Kashmiri films, Shayar-e-Kashmir Mahjoor and Mainz Raat.[7]

The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri in 1974.[8] He died in 1982 at the age of 47.[2]


  1. ^ "Somnath Sadhu's Grand Rehearsal staged". Greater Kashmir. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Ananda Lal, ed. (2004). "Sadhu, Som Nath". Encyclopedia. The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. ISBN 9780199861248. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Nyla Ali Khan, Gopalkrishan Gandhi (2014). The Life of a Kashmiri Woman: Dialectic of Resistance and Accommodation. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 160. ISBN 9781137463296. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Som Nath Sadhu". Reporting Point. 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  5. ^ Krishan Lal Kalla, ed. (1985). "The Literary Heritage of Kashmir". Mittal Publications. p. 317. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Chinar Shade". Autarmota. 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Mainz Raat". YouTube video. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.