Eminent playwright and director Ratan Thiyam has been appointed as the chairperson of the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, India's premier theatre training institute.
An official press release said here today that President Pranab Mukherjee had appointed Mr Thiyam for a period of four years.
Mr Thiyam will succeed Ms Amal Allana, a well-known director and theatre personality, who has completed two consecutive four-year terms as chairperson of NSD.
Mr Thiyam, 65, is one of the leading figures of the "theatre of roots" movement in Indian theatre, which started in the 1970s. He is known for writing and staging plays that use ancient Indian theatre traditions and forms in a contemporary context.
Mr Thiyam has also dabbled in painting and is proficient in direction, design, script and music.
He is the founder-director of the Chorus Repertory Theatre in Imphal, Manipur.
He was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government in 1989. He has also been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Direction in 1987, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama,.
Last year he was chosen for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in performing arts in India.
Like Ms Allana, Mr Thiyam is an alumnus of NSD, having graduated from there in 1974. He served as the director of NSD in 1987-88.