Union culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Thursday announced that actor Paresh Rawal has been appointed as the new chairman of the prestigious National School of Drama. The appointment of Paresh Rawal has been made for a period of four years.
Notably, the position was vacant since 2017. Vice-chairman Dr Arjun Deo, a noted Rajasthani poet, critic, playwright, theatre director and translator, was so far taking care of the responsibilities of NSD.
The minister tweeted: “Renowned artiste Paresh Rawal has been appointed as Chairman of National School of Drama by Rashtrapati Bhavan. I am glad that students and artistes will be able to take advantage of his talent. I congratulate him.”
Apart from the minister, NSD too tweeted about the development. The institution tweeted: “We are glad to inform “Hon’ble President of India @rashtrapatibhvn has appointed renowned actor & Padma Shri @sirpareshrawal as chairman of @nsd_india.”NSD family welcome the legend to shower his guidance to NSD for achieving new [email protected] @MinOfCultureGoI.”
The post of chairperson of the government’s apex art and theatre school has been occupied by several prominent people in the past, including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and social reformer Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay.
Paresh Rawal’s reaction
Paresh Rawal has expressed gratitude for the new responsibility shouldered upon him. Speaking to a news agency, he said: “It will be challenging but fun. I will do my best because this is a field I know very well.”
Rawal has been in the film industry for more than three decades and 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. It was conferred for his contribution to the entertainment industry.
In fact, Rawal is famous for his roles in Hera Pheri and Andaaz Apna Apna. Rawal had won from Ahmedabad East in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by over 3.25 lakh votes.
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