-: ABOUT PADMASHRI DAYA PRAKASH SINHA :-
Daya Prakash Sinha is one of the most renowned playwrights in India today. His plays are larger than life, timeless and rare modern-classic, theatrical interpretations of actual historical or mythology inspired events; outstanding grand spectacles that unfurl across time. More than the passive incantation of past glory, his plays highlight India’s true socio-political journey: from ancient to modern era, diverging ideational drives, exploration of legendary and poignant historical characters. They exhibit pathos and drama; aptly highlighting India’s cultural ethos and elemental human sensibility.
Today, Daya Prakash Sinha holds the same prestige in the world of theater, that Jaishankar Prasad enjoyed pre-independence. Noteworthy in this context are Daya Prakash Sinha’s preeminent plays, namely: “Samraat Ashok”, “Rakt Abhishek”, “Katha Ek Kans Ki”, “Itihas Chakra” and “Seedhiyan”. His fifteen plays have been translated into several major Indian languages, and are popularly enacted by different theater groups all over the country and abroad.
For his illustrious contribution to the field of Hindi theatre, Daya Prakash Sinha has been conferred:
India's Padmashri Samman Anounced for him on 26th Jan, 2020, in the field of Arts.
Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi: Akademi Award
The “Lohia Samman” by former Prime Minister, Shri. Atal Behari Vajpayee
'Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Award for outstanding contribution to Hindi' by Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra, (presented by Shri Pranav Mukharji, former President of India)
National level awards:
N.B.C. Newsmakers, Mumbai: NBC Lifetime Award for Hindi Literature
Chaman Lal Memorial Society, New Delhi: Lifetime Achievement Award for Theater
(Prominent theater personalities like Ebrahim Alkazi, Habib Tanveer, Zohra Sehgal, Vijay Tendulkar, have been recipients in the past)
Uttar Pradesh Hindi Samsthan, Lucknow: Lohia Samman
Uttar Pradesh Hindi Samsthan, Lucknow: Sahitya Bhushan Samman
Natyayan, Gwalior: Bhavbhooti Samman
Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Lal Foundation, New Delhi: Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Lal Smriti Samman
Adarsh Kala Sangam, Moradabad: Fida Hussain Narsi Samman
Hindi Vishwa Jyoti Foundation, California, U.S.A: Lifetime Achievement Award for Hindi Theater
Ph.D.'s Issued on Sinha’s Plays:
Over a dozen scholars are doing/have done Ph.D. dissertations based on Shri. Sinha’s plays including in various universities in the states of Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana.
Critiques and Reviews:
Magazines “Chhayanat” (quarterly) and “Samavartan” (monthly) have issued ‘special issues’ highlighting Daya Prakash Sinha’s contribution. Critiques of his plays include:
“Sameekshayan”, by Ravindranath Bahore
“Daya Prakash Sinha: Rachnadharmita” by Malayali laureate Dr. A. Achchutan
“Natak-kaar Daya Prakash Sinha” by Dr. Harsha Trivedi of Gujarat.
Eminent litterateurs have commended all fifteen plays of Daya Prakash Sinha such as Shri. Vishnu Prabhakar, Shri. Revti Sharan Sharma, Dr. Dharamvir Bharati, Dr. Ramdarsh Mishra, Dr. Girish Rastogi, Shri Laxmikant Verma, and other prominent personalities.
Other Books by D.P. Sinha:
Shri Sinha has authored a text on the folk music, dance and theater of the state of Uttar Pradesh, titled “Lokrang: Uttar Pradesh”. This is an authoritative one of a kind compilation.
To highlight the international dimension of story of Lord Rama in Uttar Pradesh, Daya Prakash Sinha organized “Ram Katha Evam Asia Ki Rashtriya Sanskritiyan” an international conference on the Ramayana in 1986, in which 22 experts on Ramayana from India, and 10 international experts, including those from France and USA, participated. Shri. Sinha compiled, edited and published the works of these experts in the book: Ramayana Tradition and National Cultures in Asia.
A Cultural Ambassador Par Excellence:
Daya Prakash Sinha served in the prestigious Indian Administrative Services (IAS) until retirement. During his tenure and post-retirement, for over 45 years, he has consistently worked towards the promotion and conservation of various critical and crucial elements of Indian culture, including theater, literature, folk culture, and the like through his involvement with top and most prestigious institutions like:
IGNCA, New Delhi (Trustee),
Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi University (Chairman),
Raja Ram Mohan Library (Member)
I.C.C.R., New Delhi (Vice Chairman),
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (Chairman),
Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lucknow (Chairman),
Uttar Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow (Chairman),
Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi (Secretary),
Indian Cultural Center, Fiji Islands (Director),
Uttar Pradesh Hindi Samsthan, Lucknow (Director),
Department of Culture Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow (Director),
Asiad – 1982, New Delhi (Cultural Controller),
Aryabhatta College, Delhi University (Chairman),
Deshbandhu College, Delhi University (Chairman)
Thus, through his plays, which are deeply rooted in India’s culture and ancient historical legacy Shri. Sinha has been instrumental in re-igniting cultural Indian values of positive reinforcement and dharma in the common man. Through his high profile work as a prominent cultural administrator and cultural ambassador of India, Daya Prakash Sinha has promoted Indian ethos widely and accessibly. His body of work has opened the doors of Indian theatre, music dance and culture to many thousands of common Indians and beyond.