Speed Post News Network
New Delhi : Veteran Actor Paresh Rawal has been appointed as Chairman of National School of Drama Society by President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel congratulated Paresh Rawal and said that his talent will benefit the students and artists of the country.
Paresh Rawal has been appointed to the post of Chairman, NSD Society, for four years. Rawal is an actor par excellence in both Theatre and Film. Its been almost four decades of him serving the film and theatre industry for which he has won numerous awards including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994. In 2014, he was conferred with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contribution to the entertainment industry. He also served as a former member of Parliament.
Commenting on the appointment, Vice Chairman, National School of Drama Society, Dr. Shri Arjun Deo Charan, said “We are really happy with the decision of the government to appoint Paresh ji to this position. Our students, faculty members and others will get benefit to work with the veteran actor. National School of Drama will be immensely benefited by his long experience in the field.”
Prof. Suresh Sharma, Director In charge, National School of Drama, said, “It is our pleasure to welcome Mr. Paresh Rawal as the next Chairman of National School of Drama Society. Being a veteran theatre personality Paresh ji has a great experience, which will benefit our students, faculty and school and we will get a new direction from his experiences. His support and guidance will further accelerate the growth of National School of Drama to reach new heights.”
Established in 1959, the National School of Drama is an autonomous organisation, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. One of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world, NSD had it’s inception under the aegis of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and became an independent entity in 1975, according to a PIB release. It offers a 3-year, full-time, residential training programme in various aspects of theatre.