Director's Message





Dr. Om Prakash Bharti, a dramatizer, was born in a village on the bank of Kosi River in Saharsa district of Bihar on 5 September, 1968. He is a post graduate in Dramatics (Gold Medalist) and Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology. He has been awarded Ph.D.(Folk Theatre Tradition of Eastern India) from Patna University. He is the recipient of National Culture Fellowship of Department of Culture, Government of India for Compilation of Lok Natya Vishwakosh (Encyclopedia of Indian Folk Theatre) in the year 1999.

He has authored 6 plays, about 150 research articles and 22 research books in the field of Performing Arts, Folklore, Cultural Studies and Indigenous Knowledge. His books include Nadiyan Gaati Hain (a folkloristic study of songs of Kosi river), The River Sings (In English), Lokayan - an anthology of selected published articles on folk music, dance and theatre, Bihar Ke Paramparik Natya (Traditional Theatre of Bihar), Balan – Traditional Theatre of Sikkim, Ankia Nat – Traditional Theatre of Assam, Maithilik Lok Natya, Purvottar Bharat Ke Paramparik Natya, Bharatiya Putul Natya, Ranghar, Lok Prasang, Bharatiya Lok Natya Parampara evam Saundariya, North East Cultural Studies (An Outline and Bibliography), North East India – Ethnicity & Culture and Cultural Traditions and Indigenous Knowledge of the Lepcha of Himalayas. He has supervised more than 18M.Phil and Ph.D scholars. His researches on River Folklore and Indigenous knowledge have been widely acclaimed by the scholars at international level.

For his contributions in the field of Letters and Performing Arts, Dr. Bharti has received several awards including, Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Samman – 2008 of Home Ministry, Government of India for his book ‘Bhar Ke Paramparik Natya’, and Mohan Rakesh Samman – 2009 of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Government of Delhi for the play ‘Baandh Tutne Do’ and four State awards.

As an art administrator, presently he is heading the post of the Director, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and has also lead different important positions including Project Director cum Deputy Secretary (Drama), Deputy Secretary (Folk and Tribal Arts) in Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Project-cum-Deputy Secretary at Sangeet Natak Akademi, North East Centre, Shillong and Director-in-Charge of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy, Imphal. He served as Associate Professor at the Department of Dramatics and Film Studies in Mahatma Gandhi Antarrastriya Hindi Viswavidyalaya, Wardha. He is also the member of different National level committees in the field of performing arts.

Dr. Bharti has conceived, designed and executed more than eight hundred national level festivals, seminars, exhibitions and workshops and fifty four festivals at international repute. He has visited South Korea, Japan, China, Bhutan and Nepal to deliver lectures on the indigenous knowledge and performing arts and also as a cultural delegate. He participated in 9th World Hindi Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa.