About the Centre Director

Shri C. Basavalingaiah is the Director of National School of Drama Bengaluru Centre. He is an Indian theatre director and an activist. He is the former Director of Rangayana Govt. of Karnataka and Assistant Director of National School of Drama Regional Resource Centre. His theatre journey began with active involvement in Samudaya cultural theatre movement. 


  • National School of Drama with Specialization in Direction - 1984
  • MA in Kannada Literature, University of Mysore 


Research & Other Activities

  • In 2010, Shri Basavalingaiah directed a mega play for the Rangayana Repertory. The nine-hour long play was enacted in 4 different open areas involving 150 artists. It was a stage adaptation of Kuvempu's 800 page novel Malegalalli Madhumagalu (The Bride of the Mountains).
  • In 2009, C.Basavalingaiah directed “Manushya Jaati Tonande Valam” for the Information and Publicity Department, Government of Karnataka. This was a light and sound production involving 300 artists from all over Karnataka. His outstanding Kannada plays are Kusumbale, The Road, Gandhi v/s Gandhi, Shoodra Thapasvi, Tippuvina Kanasugalu, Mahamaayi, Agni Matthu Male, Gunamukha, King Oedipus and Jangamadedege and many more.
  • He has directed several landmark plays in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Assamese and Malayalam languages.


Awards & Fellowship

  • 2019 - Vishwamanava Puraskara
  • 2018 - Honored National B V Karanth Smriti Purskar by National School of Drama,New Delhi (National level)
  • 2010 - Honored by Jain University, Bangalore
  • 2010 - Sri K.V. Shankaregowda Award and N P  Sri DK Chowta Award
  • 2001 - Karnataka State Award (Rajyotsava Award)
  • 2000 - Government of Karnataka- Dr. Ambedkar Cultural Award
  • 1996 - Karnataka Nataka Academy, Honorary Fellowship Award
  • Shivakumara State Level Award, honored by `Shivasanchara’, Sanehalli, Sirigere Bruhanmata, Karnataka
  • Honoured by many Cultural Associations, Institutions, Organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc.,), Kuvempu Centenary Committee etc.,


Member in Professional Bodies & Societies

  • Member , Karnataka Nataka Academy
  • Gubbi Veeranna Award Committee
  • Advisory Council, Lalithakala College, Mysore University
  • Administrative committee, Janapada Loka, Ramanagara
  • NCIMPA Advisory Council, Gulbarga University
  • Dasara Festival Committee, Mysore
  • Award Selection Committee - Karnataka Sahitya Academy, Karnataka Nataka Academy,
  • DPEP (District Primary Education Programme) Karnataka
  • Governing Council Member, Hamsalekha College of Performing Arts (affiliated to Dravidian University)
  • Expert member of the Committee for Selecting Scheme of Scholarship – Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  • Member of the Committee for subsidy of films, Government of Karnataka, Information and Publicity
  • Advisory Council, Government of Karnataka, GH University of Performing Arts, Mysore
  • Director – Padmashree BV Karanth Adhyayana Peeta, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore
  • Member - Board of Studies, Theatre. Christ (Deemed to be University)
  • Member – Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Pratisthana, Kuppalli

C. Basavalingaiah

Centre Director