Saudi, Chinese envoys discuss cooperation to reduce climate change    Iraqi pilgrim arrives in Makkah, walking on foot for 11 months from Britain to perform Hajj    Cabinet prevents contracting with security guard firms whose employees' wages are less than SR4,500    Saudis constitute 63.6% of 34 million population; 8.6% fall in number of expats by middle of 2021    KBW Ventures invests in Eclipse Foods $40 million series B round    Five era-defining artworks commissioned for iconic new cultural destination 'Wadi AlFann'    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 11,727 Points    Sustainable blue economy vital for small countries and coastal populations    UN rights office in probe call after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy    ZATCA denies rumors on VAT exemption certificate    GDNC Foils Attempt to Smuggle over 3.5 Million Amphetamine Pills    Saudi Arabia's new companies' law highly flexible, embraces international best practices    Mawani Meets ISO Standards in Risk Management and Business Continuity Management    Trump urged armed supporters to storm Capitol, aide testifies    Health Minister Launches "Holodoctor" Service for Pilgrims    Over 312,000 Pilgrims Arrived in Madinah    DGDA Launches Multi-Course "Program Your Passion" Initiative    HRH Crown Prince Congratulates President of Democratic Republic of Congo on Independence Day    Red Sea Fund Opens Its Third Cycle for Production Funding    Cycle of death and destruction in Ukraine must stop: UN official    Eight Event Zones at Jeddah Season are Available to Visitors throughout the Year    Saudi Arabia Participates in UN Ocean Conference in Portugal    Jordanian awqaf minister visits Halat Ammar, lauds services provided to pilgrims    SFDA warns against herbal product 'Montalin Jamu' due to containing active medicinal ingredients    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 11,671.15 Points    SFDA Warns Against Herbal Product "Montalin Jamu" Due to Containing Active Medicinal Ingredients    Jordanian Prime Minister: Life back to normal in Aqaba after chlorine gas leak    OIC Secretary General Meets Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan    Al-Hilal lifts MBS League title for 3rd time in a row, beating Al-Faisaly    Al-Ahli relegated for first time in history    Ithra expands 'iRead' competition to participants from all Arab countries    Saudi Arabia's women's badminton championship begins with participation of 60 players    NEOM, McLaren Racing announce strategic title partnership to drive innovation in electric motorsport    Morocco and Iraq to the finals of Arab Futsal in Dammam on Tuesday    Saudi US Joint Exhibition on Photography Concludes in Tabuk    Venice-based art exhibition sheds light on upcoming Saudi talents    Makkah Municipality offers animal sacrifices permitting service through Baladi platform    First Saudi-American Joint Exhibition of Photography held in Tabuk Region    FIFA Accredits Saudi Football Association Among Expert Federations in VAR Tech    Jeddah is Set to Host the Finals of World Boxing in August, Organizers Announce    Saudi National Olympic Team Crowned AFC U23 Asian Cup    Samrat Prithviraj: Why did a Bollywood film on a popular Hindu king fail?    Saudi Council of Senior Scholars slams Indian ruling party leader's remarks against Prophet    Drug charges dropped against Shah Rukh Khan's son    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Ebrahim Alkazi, India's theater legend, dies at 95
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 04 - 08 - 2020

Ebrahim Alkazi, India's legendary thespian, passed away on Tuesday. He died of a "massive heart attack" at Escorts Hospital in New Delhi, Indian Express reported quoting his son and theater director Feisal Alkazi. He was 95.
Alkazi, credited for revolutionizing theater in India, became one of the most prominent theater artistes in Mumbai during the 1940s and 1950s.
Born to a wealthy Saudi father and a Kuwaiti mother, Alkazi was one of nine siblings who had a comfortable childhood in Pune. After the Partition, while the rest of his family moved to Pakistan, Alkazi decided to stay back in India.
Interested both in fine art and theater, as a student at St Xavier's College in Mumbai he joined Sultan "Bobby" Padamsee's Theatre Group company. Though he headed to London in the late 1940s to pursue art, he eventually joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
However, at 37, Alkazi moved to Delhi and served as the director of the National School of Drama (NSD) for the next 15 years (1962 to 1977) — the longest tenure ever in the history of the institute.
On Twitter, many actors, especially those from the theater background paid a final tribute to Alkazi.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, an alumnus of the National School of Drama, in his eulogy for Ebrahim Alkazi, said: "The true architect of the Modern "Indian Theatre. The Doyen who possessed extreme knowledge in all the aspects of art. The magician who nurtured many greats of theatre. May your brightest spark from heaven keep us enlightened."
The NSD family also paid a tribute to Alkazi, saying: "NSD Family deeply mourn passing away of Theatre Legend, Padma Vibhushan Shri Ebrahim Alkazi, ex-director of NSD from 1962-77. This is a great loss to the country and especially to the theatre world."
As director of the National School of Drama, he shaped the course for modern Indian theatre, establishing links between traditional vocabulary and modern idiom. In Bombay, now known as Mumbai, Alkazi did powerful renditions of Greek tragedies, Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Chekov and August Strindberg.
At 50, Alkazi quit the NSD and theater and set up the gallery Art Heritage with his wife in New Delhi, and built his collection of art, photographs and books.
What many do not know is that Alkazi was also a noted art connoisseur and collector. He was close to the members of the Progressive Artists' Group such as FN Souza, Akbar Padamsee and M.F. Husain — some of who later painted and designed sets for his plays. — Agencies

Clic here to read the story from its source.