Shri Abdul Latif Khatana
Abdul Latif Khatana graduated from NSD in 1986 with specialisation in acting. In addition to devising, writing and directing several plays that have been nationally and internationally performed, he has conducted numerous workshops on acting. He is the founder of Adabi Sangat (Kashmir) and of the theatre group, Kirdar.
He was also a founder–actor–teacher of NSD’s Theatre-in-Education Company, of which he later became Chief. He is credited with conceptualising and organising the Company’s first national theatre festival for children called ‘Jashnebachpan’, followed by another national festival, ‘Bal Sangam’, of folk and traditional performing arts by children.
Mr Khatana has worked extensively with schools, institutions and NGOs to cultivate the need of theatre/drama for children at multiple levels. He has contributed to devising the theatre/drama syllabus for NCERT for classes 1 to 12.