Nemi Chandra Jain

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Nemi Chandra Jain
Born16 August 1919
Agra, India
Spouse(s)Rekha Jain
ChildrenUrmi Bhushan Gupta, Rashmi Vajpeyi, Kirti Jain and Sanjay Jain [1]
Awards Padma Shri

Nemi Chandra Jain was an Indian poet, critic, theatre personality and the founder of Natarang Pratishthan, a charitable trust established in 1989 for the promotion of theatre, arts, literature and culture in India. [2] He was born on 16 August 1919 in Agra and was a holder of a master's degree (MA) in English. [3] He served the National School of Drama as a senior lecturer from 1959 till 1982 and also worked with The Statesman and The Economic Times as a columnist. [3] He founded Natrang, a theatre magazine, was its editor and visited many countries with his theatre activities. [3] He was the author of Octave Strings (1944), Solitary (1973), Navanna (2002), [4] Aage Gahan Andhera Hai (2007) [5] and Rang Dharshan (2008) [6] besides several translations and critical essays [7] on a variety of subjects. [3] including From the Wings, Notes on Indian Theatre, [8] which is a prescribed text for academics at Christ University. [9]


Jain was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award. [10] He died two years later, in 2005. [11] [12] Natrang Pratishthan has instituted an annual lecture to honour his memory. [13] [14]

His wife, Smt. Rekha Jain was a children playwright, dancer and writer. She was founder director of Umang Children's theatre. [15] His daughter, Kirti Jain is also an eminent theatre artist and served the National School of Drama as The Director from 1988 till 1995. [16] [17] His son, Sanjay Jain is Professor at Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of delhi and has served as Head of the Department. [18]

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