M.K. Raina is a well-known theatre luminary, who has been working in the field of theatre for the last three and a half decades, innovating, studying, analysing, writing and teaching. He has worked extensively in both contemporary and tradition theatre in South Asia and has been instrumental in reviving the traditional folk theatre of Kashmir, the BHAND PATHER. He has been on the visiting faculty of several national and international Institutions, such as the National School of Drama, the Central University of Hyderabad, the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, and the University of Hawaii, USA, etc.
Apart from teaching theatre, M.K. Raina has also been involved in the academics of theatre and in this connection, has presented several papers in seminars, both national and international. He has been a fellow at the Stanford University, USA and a scholar-in-residence at the Jamia Milia Central University, New Delhi.
He is a well-known social and cultural activist and is a founder member of SAHMAT, a trust formed to promote communal harmony and social equality. He is also a trustee of the South Asia Foundation, India and Artistic Director of the theatre group, PRAYOG.
M.K. Raina has also made documentaries and films for various national institutions and for national channels. For his long term contribution to theatre, he has been the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awrd, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman, the Sanskriti Award and the B.V. Karanth Lifetime Achievement Award.Back