New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Monday appointed veteran theatre personality Amal Allana as chairperson of the National School of Drama (NSD) for a second term with immediate effect.
“Allana, an alumnus of the NSD, is the daughter of Ibrahim Alkazi, the founder of the NSD. She joined NSD four years ago as the chairperson,” NSD public relations officer Anup Kumar Barua told IANS.
Allana has directed several plays, including “Aadhe Adhure”, “The Exception and the Rule”, “Khamosh, Adalat Jari Hai”, “Ashadh Ka Ek Din”, “Mahabhoj”, “King Lear”, “Himmat Mai” and “Begum Barve”.
She has received many honours, including awards from the Delhi Natya Sangh (1994), Sahitya Kala Parishad (1996), Czech TV for the tele-play “Wapsi” (1983) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for direction (1998).
One of the important changes during Alana’s tenure was the re-christening of NSD’s annual theatre festival as Theatre Utsav from the National School of Drama Bharat Rangmahotsav.
Allana is currently abroad.