Natrang honored Asheish Nijhawan for directing William Shakespeare’s world play ‘Richird-III’


singhJammu: Natrang honored Asheish Nijhawan for directing William Shakespeare’s world play ‘Richird-III’ which created a history for Jammu Theatre. Natrang Director Padamshree Balwant Thakur did the honors and was joined by the team of Richard-III team of actors. Speaking on the occasion, Balwant Thakur said that Asheish Nijhawan has done the Indian Theatre proud by using a majestic palace as a set of the play and conceptualized a play suiting to the environment. Such an imaginative use of the space has never been witnessed by Jammu audience and similar experiments are all set to establish Jammu as an International destination of theatre which is the ultimate mission and the collective vision of Natrang team. Natrang is all set to present Richard-III at Amar Mahal Jammu continuously for a month for the Jammu audience.
Asheish Nijhawan started his acting career from Natrang and later got selected for National School of Drama New Delhi from where he post graduated with specialization in Acting. After his studies at NSD, he was selected as an artist in its National Repertory company and worked there for over a year and travelled with his performances across India and abroad.
He has performed in more than 35 plays, prominent among them where he played major roles include Begum Ka Takiya, Acharya Tartuffe, Ram Naam Satya Hai, Andha Yug, Richard The Third, Trojen Women, King Lear, In The Jungle Of Big Cities, The Father, Mrichikatikam, Court Marshal , Final Solutions, Yamgatha and Inkosazana. In the last 6 years, he has been associated with various international projects in India, South Africa, Uzbekistan and UK and has participated in esteemed international theatre festivals like GATS and ATEC at Beijing ,China. He has worked with internationally celebrated theatre directors like OVLIAKULI KHODHAKULI(Uzbekistan) and MFUNDO TSHAZEBANE(South Africa) for the plays King Lear and Inkosazana respectively. He founded the Rangroots theatre group, aiming in the development and promotion of theatre art in J&K, particularly among the displaced community of Kashmir valley.
He has also been awarded the prestigious Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholar Award 2012-2013 by Inlaks Foundation to undergo theatre training in United Kingdom. He is currently pursuing his advance training in theatre with specialisation in Lecoq`s Pedagogy at London International School of performing Arts, London. In the year 2013 he also won the junior fellowship in theatre from Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Prominent among those who attended the felicitation function included Neeraj Kant, Anil Tickoo, Sumeet Sharma, Mohd. Yaseen, Aarushi Thakur, Natasha Nijhawan ,Sajra Qadir, Sushil Raina, Ashwani Raina, Mahikshit Singh, Uplaksh Singh Kotwal, Namit Dubey, Varun Sharma, Vickey Kaw, Pankaj Verma, Gajalgeet Kaur, Shazia Batool, Shivam Manhas, Rajan Thakyal, Sachin Saini, Gopi Sharma and Syed Mudassar Ali Shah.