Maharaj Krishna Raina
popularly known as M.K. Raina
is one of India's best-known theatre actors and directors.
M. K. Raina graduated from National School of Drama
National School of Drama is a theatre training institute situated at New Delhi, India, established . It is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was set up in 1959 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, and became an independent school in 1975...
in 1970 with Best actor award. Since 1972 he has been freelance theater worker and film person, working all over India in many languages and with many traditional forms.
Maharaj Krishna Raina was born in Srinagar
Srinagar is the summer seasonal capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. It is one of the largest cities in India not to have a Hindu majority. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats...
, Jammu and Kashmir
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His association with the rural and urban theater across the country has developed into a unique style, where both forms blend together and yet are rich with contemporary meaning and significance.
As an actor, he has worked in more than a hundred plays. He has directed several memorable productions like Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Karmawali, Lower Depths, Pari Kukh, Kabhi Na Chooden Khet and The Mother; Andha Yug
Andha Yug is 1954 verse play written in Hindi, by renowned novelist, poet, and playwright Dharamvir Bharati . It was the first important play of 20th century India...
, which he directed was performed in Berlin and the Festival of India in the USSR. He also produced Jasma Odan at Hawaii University in 1986. Shri Raina has conducted many theatre workshops and acted and directed in a number of feature films including 27 down, Satah Se Uthta Aadmi, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Tamas, Titli, Genisis, Tarang, Ankur Mayna Kabutar etc.
He has been making documentary films for many years. His latest documentary Sacred Dances at Hemis Festiual has been made for Indira Gandhi
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhara was an Indian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of India for three consecutive terms and a fourth term . She was assassinated by Sikh extremists...
National Centre for Arts.
He has been honored with the Sanskriti Samman in 1980, the Sahitya Kala parishad Award in 1981, Best Director of the year by West Bengal Government 1982, the Best Director's award of Punjabi Akademi, Delhi in 1987.
Shri M.K. Raina received the Sangeet Natak Akademi
Sangeet Natak Akademi is the national level academy for performing arts set up by the Government of India.-History:...
award in 1995 and the Swarna Padak from Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir in 1996 for his contribution to Indian Theater.
Besides being a practicing actor/director in theater and media, he is known also as a cultural activist.
- Tracklist :...
(2010)..... Sonam Kapoor (Aisha's) father
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) .... Taani's father
- Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) (2007) .... Principal - Boarding School
Lakshya is a Hindi word for "target".Lakshya may refer to:* Lakshya Institute, an institute that focus on Ez Vidya pronounced as easy vidya...
(2004) (Preity Father)
- Main Azaad Hoon
Main Azaad Hoon is a 1989 Hindi film, an Indian adaptation of 1941 Frank Capra film, Meet John Doe by Javed Akhtar about an opportunistic journalist who concocts a fictitious man "man of the masses" in an fictitious article to boost newspaper sales, but when the article gets huge response finds an...
(1989) .... Newspaper employee
Genesis is a 1986 Hindi-language movie directed by Mrinal Sen. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.- Plot :...
(1986) .... The trader
- Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is a 1986 Hindi film, directed by Basu Chatterjee. It is a remake of the Golden Bear winning, American motion picture 12 Angry Men , which was directed by Sidney Lumet.- Cast :...
(1986) .... Juror #7
- New Delhi Times
New Delhi Times is 1986 Hindi film directed by Ramesh Sharma and written by Gulzar, starring Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in lead roles...
- Aghaat (1985)
- Giddh: The Vulture (1984) .... Masterji
- Tarang (1984) .... Abdul
- Tasveer Apni Apni (1984) (TV) .... Office Manager
- Satah Se Uthata Aadmi
Arising from the Surface is a 1980 Indian drama film directed by Mani Kaul. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.-Cast:* Bharath Gopi - Ramesh* Vibhuti Jha - Madhav* Satyen Kumar* M. K. Raina - Keshav...
(1980) .... Keshav
- 27 Down (1974) .... Sanjay