Manohar Singh


Born: India


Manohar Singh (1938 – 14 November 2002) was a distinguished Indian theatre actor-director and a character actor in Hindi films. He is best known for his performances in films such as Party (1984) and Daddy (1989). Starting his acting career from theatre, he went on to become a theatre director and later the chief of National School of Drama Repertory Company, 1976 to 1988, before switching to cinema. As a theatre actor his most known performances were in Tughlaq directed by Ebrahim Alkazi, Himmat Mai and Begum Barve by Nissar and Amal Allana.He was awarded the 1982 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting (Hindi theatre) by Sangeet Natak Akademi. In 2003, a photo exhibition on his work in theatre was organized at the Art Heritage gallery, Delhi chronicling his journey in theatre starting from his first play The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1968) as a student at the National School of Drama to plays like, Tughlaq, King Lear, Kaho Katha Khajuraho Ki, Himmat Mai (Mother Courage) and The Threepenny Opera.He provides the voice-over in the annual Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra production Ram. The audience can hear the commentary in his voice, providing structure and continuity to the narrative.

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