Lekh Tandon has a distinguished career of 66 years as the director of many main stream Hindi films like Professor, Agar Tum Na Hote , Doosri Dulhan, Khuda Kasam, Sharada, Ek Baar Kaho, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye, Prince Jhuk Gaya Aasman , Amrapali and Television series Dil Daryaa, Doosara Kawal, Farmaan, Adhikar, Kurukhetra, Khushi, and Milan. Lekhji has won the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award in 1978 for Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye. His film Amrapali was India's submission to the 39th Academy Awards for the best foreign language film and his maiden television show Phir Wahi Talaash on DD1 won the President's award.
Still young at heart, Lekh Tandon says, 'I am a very dissatisfied man because I believe satisfaction is living death and adds MY INNINGS IS NOT THROUGH.
Born on 1st of July, 1940 in Darbhanga, Bihar Ram Gopal Bajaj has been involved in India's premier theatre training institute National School of Drama since his joining in this institute in 1962. Proficient in several languages like English, Hindi, Rajasthani, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Bangla & other Hindi dialects Ram Gopal Bajaj was the Director of N.S.D. from 1995 - 2001.
He has been member of Executive Board, General Council of various institutions & organizations; has conducted theatre and acting workshops for FTII, Pune, conducted acting workshop at ITI International Meet in Romania. He was the Chief of N.S.D Repertory Company (1988-1994), Executive Producer of tele-film 'Who Ghar' directed by Girish Karnad (1986), Executive Producer of tele-film 'Kisi Ek Phool Ka Naam Lo' directed by Ketan Mehta (1985). He was the Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts in Punjabi University, Patiala (1979- 80).
He too has been a Grade 'A' artiste of All India Radio since 1965 and produced various plays for Doordarshan as guest director. Also he has a vast range of experience as an actor, writer and director.
Other then Padma Sri by the Government of India (2003), Ram Gopal Bajaj has received Nandikar Samman for contribution to theatre, Calcutta (1998), Sangeet Natak Academy Award for contribution to theatre (1996), Parishad Samman for theatre direction conferred by Sahitya Kala Parishad, delhi (1992), National Award for Imaginative Indian Theatre conferred by National Press India (1992), etc.
One of the most prolific television scriptwriters of present times, Purnendu Shekhar, who is a Master in Commerce from University of Rajasthan, is the man who created the path breaking series 'Balika Vadhu'.
He worked as the senior programming person in Zee TV during 1996 to 2001 and then become the head of the creative writing team of Kumkum, Astitva and Phere - Saloni Ka Safar.
After giving the Television industry some of its most memorable and unique content in the last decade as a writer and conceptualizer - starting with 'Sanjivani', 'Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani' & 'Kumkum' ... Purnendu moved onto 'Saat Phere', 'Grihasthi', 'Jyoti'; and finally courting unprecedented success and acclaim with 'Balika Vadhu' as well as another contemporary television show 'Veera'.
His three much acclaimed series, 'Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani', 'Saat Phere' and 'Balika Vadhu' were chosen as the Milestone series of the last decade in Indian Television Academy's Milestone awards in 2010. He has also received Star Guild Award for Best Writer, 2014 and Indian Telly Jury Award for best writer, 2014
Padma Shri Ashok Chakradhar
Padma Shri Ashok Chakradhar is a Hindi author and poet. He specializes in satire and comedy. In a career spanning over 40 years he has recited poetry in numerous Kavi Sammelan, written several books that included poetry, children's literature, dramas and literary criticisms. He has represented all classes of society in his poetry.
This ex-professor of Hindi in Jamia Milia Islamia also has been actively associated with radio and television. He has appeared in some television soaps like Chhoti Si Asha on Sony TV and has hosted the show 'Wah Wah!!' for SAB TV. He has written and directed many feature and documentary films and serials including Gulabari, Bitiya, Jeet Gayee Chhanno, Master Deepchand, Hai Mussaddi, Teen Nazare, Pangu Giri Langhe, Gora Hat Ja, Vikaas ki Lakiren, Bhor Tarang, Dhhai Aakhar, Bol Basanto, etc.
His book 'Muktibodh ki Kavya prakriya' published by MacMillan is considered to be a pioneer benchmark in the Indian literature.
Ashok Chakradhar has received numerous awards including 'Padma Shri' by Government of India in 2014 and 'Shrijan Manishi' by Akhil Bhartiya Vikram Parishad, Kashi in 2015.
While many writers use their skill to tell the story of their people, community or cultural tradition, Mir Muneer has created the trend of storytelling which focuses on the interpersonal relationship with meticulous approach towards the characters' sensitive emotional progressions. Mir Muneer is undoubtedly one of the finest and very successful writers of Indian television.
He has written more than 35 television series including Campus, Bante Bigadte, Aashiyana, Apne Paraye, Abhimaan, Parampara, Chhoti Maa, Intezaar Aur Sahi, Pal Chin, Abhimaan, Challenge, Viraasat, Amanat, Aashirwad, Pancham, Rabba Ishq Na Hoye, Haadsa, Saans, Kehta Hai Dil, India Calling, Kusum, Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyan,Ghar Ek Sapna, Jassuben Jayanti bhai Ki Joint Family and Dehleez.
He is a great asset to any creative endeavor.
Rekha babbal is currently working as a Director with Arvind Babbal Productions Pvt. Ltd. and a freelance dialogue writer, who has been writing dialogues for 'Krishnadasi' being telecast on ColorsTV.
She has produced TV series Dil Jo Kehna Saka for DD National, a Telefilm Chirantan for Doordarshan and a biopic Samaajwaad Ke Sipahi; co-produced 'Mahakumbh- Ek Rahasya, Ek Kahani' for Life Ok, Star India. Other than that she has worked as an Executive Producer for a 10 part TV series - Agnisagar, a 13 part TV series - Antarda, a 13 part TV series - Oui Allah and morning TV series - Chaar Lachaar, Face in the Crowd, and a documentary Film - Crafts Around Jodhpur. She also had a stint as a Creative Director with Mahua Channel (Bhojpuri).
As a writer she wrote the concept of 'Mahakumbh - Ek Rahasya, Ek Kahani', the broad story of 'Dil Jo Keh Na Saka' and dialogues for Tele Serials like - Mitwa Phool Kamal Ke (Star Plus), Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Keejo (Zee), Dil Se Diya Vachan (Zee), Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se (Zee), Afsar Bitiya (Zee), Navya (Star Plus), Ek Ghar Banaunga (Star Plus) and Sapno Ke Bhanwar Mei (Life Ok).
As an Actor she has worked in TV serials –Dard ki Dehri, Bua Bhateeji, Apna Apna Aasmaan, Andhere Ujale, Bol Basanto, Savdhaan India, Ek Ghar Banaunga; as wfigcaptionell as worked in Tele films - Platform and Tohfa.
A Master of Hindi Literature from Delhi University, Rekha Babbal received the 'Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award' in the year 2014 and 'Hindi Seva Samman' by the Vishwa Hindi Academy in the year 2014.
Irshad Kamil, a PhD (Hindi Poetry) from Punjab University, 1996 is an Indian Hindi/Urdu poet and lyricist best known for writing songs for Bollywood films. As a lyricist Irshad has written lyrics for more than 50 Bollywood films like Jab we Met, Chameli, Love aajKal, Rockstar, Aashiqui 2, Ranjana. Other than that he has written for Television serials like Na Jaiyo Pardes, Kahan Se KahanTak, Kartavya, Drishtaant etc.
As a Poet Irshad Kamil's poetry has been featured in poetry anthologies (English) published by Poets Corner Group 'Musings' which features 53 poets, including Gulzar, Shashi Tharoor, Deepti Naval, and Sukrita Kumar Paul. The group 'Inklinks' features 153 poets, including Gulzar, Ruskin Bond, Tabish Khair, Vikram Seth, and Shekhar Kapur. Another group 'Lamhey' features 80 poets, including Gulzar and Rahat Indori.
He has received several prestigious awards including Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for Aaj din chadheya from Love Aaj Kal in 2010, Filmfare Best Lyricist Award for Naadaan Parindey from Love Rockstar in 2012, two Global Indian Music Academy Awards for Best Lyricist, Global Indian Music Academy Awards for Best Film Song, International Indian Film Award, a Nokia Screen Award, an Apsara Award and six Mirchi Music Awards.
Irshad Kamil has also been associated with English journalism.
Piyush Mishra, a 1986 NSD graduate, is a master of all the trades of Art and Literature. It happens very rarely that you find an actor, a writer, a lyricist, a music composer and a theatre director - all in single human being.
Piyush Mishra started his acting career in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.., in 1998. Since then he has acted in several films, Television, Ad Films and Short Films. Imtiaz Ali's 'Tamasha' is his latest film to be released.
He has written lyrics for as many as 11 mainstream Hindi films including Gangs of Wasseypur and Gangs of Wasseypur 2, Gulaal, Aaja Nachle etc.
He has written screenplay and dialogues of films like The Legend of Bhagat Singh (Dialogues), Yahaan (Screenplay and dialogues), 1971 (Screenplay), Ghajini (Dialogues), Lahore (Screenplay), Chittagong (Dialogues), Agneepath (Dialogues), Shuddhi, etc.
He also written lyrics and composed songs for films, Television and Theatre. He also has been composing and singing for MTV's Coke Studio.
Piyush Mishra has received several awards including Zee Cine Awards, 2003: Best Dialogues: The Legend of Bhagat Singh (with Ranjit Kapoor and Rajkumar Santoshi), Stardust Awards, 2010: Standout Performance by a Music Directorfor Gulaal, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2014: Best Actor, Playback Singer.
Piyush Mishra says, 'No work of art steers social change. Social changes affect art - art is a reflection of what the society is undergoing.'