Arundhati Nag (née Rao; born 6 July 1956) is an Indian film and theatre actress. She has been involved with multilingual Theatre in India, for over 25 years, first in Mumbai where she got involved with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), and did various productions in Gujarati, Marathi, and Hindi theatre, and then in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and English, in Bangalore.
Nag in 2010
6 July 1956
(m. 1980; died 1990)
|Relatives||Padmavati Rao (sister)|
They stayed in Chintamani , Karnataka for a few years.
Following her marriage to Kannada actor-director Shankar Nag (1954–1990), her association with theatre continued in Bangalore, where she performed several plays in Kannada: Girish Karnad's Anju Mallige, 27 Mavalli Circle based on the famous play Wait Until Dark, Sandhya Chayya (Jayant Dalvi), Girish Karnad's Nagamandala, and Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage as Hulaguru Huliyavva. She also worked in several Kannada movies: Accident (1984), Parameshi Prema Prasanga (1984) and Nodiswamy, Navirodu Heege (1987).
Nag went on to realise a long-time dream of building a theatre space dedicated to quality theatre in Bangalore Ranga Shankara: . She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2008), the Padma Shri (2010) and the National Film Awards (57th) in 2010.
Nag's career spans over 40 years of theatre, film and television. She is the founder and the Managing Trustee of the Sanket Trust, established in 1992, which runs Ranga Shankara, a theatre space in Bangalore.,. Ranga Shankara offers a quality theatre experience for theatre lovers in city. The annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, now in its twelfth year, has become a regular feature on Bangalore's cultural calendar.
Nag continues to be actively involved in theatre: her most recent works include Girish Karnad's "Bikhre Bimb" (Hindi) and "Odakalu Bimba" (Kannada).
Her last major movie was The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016), in which she played the mother of the mathematical wizard Ramanujan. She has also appeared in Hindi movies including Paa (2009), "Sapnay" (1997) and "Dil Se" (1998), Kannada movies including Golibar (1991), Jogi (2005) and "Andar Bahar", and Malayalam Da Thadiya (2012)
Nag was born in 1956 in Delhi, stayed in Netaji Nagar. Her family moved to Mumbai when she was 10. At 17, she met Shankar Nag, also a theatre artist. Six years later, the two got married and moved to Bangalore. Shankar became a well-known film actor, and later a director, most remembered for his TV adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Malgudi Days (1987). They had a daughter together, Kaavya.
In 1990, Shankar died in a car accident. Arundhati continued to act in theatre, and began to work towards realising her dream of a theatre space, which in 2004, finally materialised into Ranga Shankara, which is today one of India's premier venues for theatre.
|1979||22 June 1897||Marathi|
|1983||Nodi Swamy Navirodu Heege||Kannada||Jaya|
|1985||Parameshi Prema Prasanga||Kannada||Ramamani|
|1985||Accident||Kannada||Maya Rani||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1997||Minsaara Kanavu||Tamil||Mother Superior|
|1998||Dil Se..||Hindi||AIR director|
|2003||Ek Alag Mausam||Hindi||Aparna's mother|
|2005||Jogi||Kannada||Bhagyakka||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2009||Paa||Hindi||Vidya Balan's mother/Bum||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2012||Da Thadiya||Malayalam||"Knight Rider"|
|2016||The Man Who Knew Infinity||English||Srinivasa Ramanujan's mother|
|2018||Drama||Malayalam||Rosamma John Chacko|
- 1985: Won: Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Accident
- 2005: Won: Best Supporting Actress Award, Karnataka State Awards – Jogi
- 2006: Won: Citizen Extraordinaire' from the Rotary Club Bangalore
- 2008: Won: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – Theatre, Acting
- 2010: Won: 57th National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress – Paa
- 2010: Awarded: Padmashree Award
- 2010: Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Paa
- 2010: Won: Star Cine Award for Best Supporting Actress – Paa
- 2010: Conferred A Doctorate: for services rendered to the world of theatre, by Bijapur Women's University, Bijapur
- Iyengar, Vidya (19 June 2016). "'I lead my life in disbelief'". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "Curtain call". harmonyindia.org. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Arundhati Nag Profile and Interview mumbaitheatreguide.com.
- A theatre of one's own Frontline, Volume 21 – Issue 24, 20 November – 3 December 2004.
- Dream of a theatre The Hindu, 21 November 2004.
- "Ready for an encore". The Times of India. 28 September 2003.
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Sangeet Natak Akademi.
- "Padmashree". Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "Sanket Trust". Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- Ranga Shankara
- The HinduManaging Trustee, 9 December 2006.
- Arundhati Nag – Making The World See Her Dreams! South Asian Women's Forum, 7 March 2005.
- Ranga Shankara theatre festival rolls on The Hindu, 16 November 2004.
- Jayaraman, Pavitra (15 August 2009). "Freedom to express: Arundhati Nag". Livemint. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.