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Waman Kendre
Daradwadi, Beed district, Maharashtra
Alma mater National School of Drama, Delhi
OccupationTheatre Director & Academicain
Years active1970 - present
Known forDirector of NSD, Delhi
SpouseGauri Kendre
HonoursPadma Shri (2019)

Waman Kendre is an Indian theatre director and academician. He has previously served as the Director of National School of Drama, (NSD) New Delhi from August 2013 to September 2018. He is married to Actress Gauri Kendre and also has a son[1]

Early years

He is the son of a farmer from Daradwadi village in Beed district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

After his school and college, he completed a one-year proficiency certification course in Dramatics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and then was selected for a three-year course in the NSD.[2]


At NSD, he earned a fellowship to research on ritualistic and folk theatre of Kerala. He remained active in theatre activities in Mumbai for many years. He is credited with playing a leading role in the Dalit theatre movement in late 1970s Maharashtra.[3]

Kendre had a thirty-year teaching experience. He conducted more than two hundred and fifty workshops on varying aspects of theatre, in India and abroad. He was a Research Associate with the Theatre Development Centre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, for more than nine years. He was actively involved in administrative and organizational running of NCPA, University of Mumbai, and Rangpeeth, Mumbai.

He held positions in advisory committees and governing councils including Vision Plan Committee of NSD, Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha of the government of Maharashatra), Advisory Committee of the Department of Drama in Rajasthan University, Jaipur, Governing Council and Executive Committee of West Zonal Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Academic Council of University of Mumbai, Vision Plan Committee of Government of Goa, Advisory Committee for All India Radio and Doordarshan and Society of Governing Council of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.[4]

He adapted Sanskrit playwright Bhāsa's Madhyama Vyāyoga in three different languages: O My Love in English, Mohe Piya in Hindi and Piya Bawari in Marathi.[5]

Other notable productions include Zulwa, Jannemann, Tempt Me Not, Nati Goti, Gadhe Ki Baraat, Ladi Nazariya, Ranangan, Dusra Samana, Saiyyan Bhaye Kotwal, Ghazab Teri Ada, Laagi Lagan,[6] Char Divas Premache and Rajdarshan.[2] Gajab Tichi Adaa (Marathi Natak)[7]


He has been repeatedly honoured for his contribution to theatre including a National Award conferred by the President of India for Theatre Direction in a recognition by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2012. .[citation needed]

In 2019, he received the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

See also


  1. ^ Hindustan Times. "Waman Kendre, the new director of the National School of Drama, on keeping his creative fires burning". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "'If you create one play, it is equivalent to a thousand speeches'". The Indian Express. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Waman Kendre is new NSD director". The Hindu Businessline. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The Director". National School of Drama. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Interview with Waman Kendre". Mumbai Theatre Guide. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ The Hindu. "An apt social comment". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^ Natak directed by Prof. Waman Kendre - VeryFirstTale, June 2023