M K Raina

Other names of M K Raina: Maharaj Krishna Raina, MK, M.K


Maharaj Krishna Raina is among India's best theatre actors and directors. He was born in the year 1948. He is a graduate from National School of Drama with Best Actor award in 1970. He was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir and did his schooling from Srinagar. Later on, he moved to Delhi to take admission in NSD on a state scholarship level.

He has a very disparate background from his family of doctors and engineers. Raina was also a social activist as his father too was a political activist. He has produced for over one-thirty plays in thirteen different languages. Also, he has acted in more than hundred plays. Ever since, he has been working in many traditional forms and languages.

He has directed productions like Karmawali, Lower Depths, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, all being memorable ones. He also produced at Hawaii University in 1986. He is also known as a cultural activist. He started his career with 27 Down in 1974 playing the role of Sanjay in the movie. He received numerous awards for his amazing performances.

He received the Sanskriti Samman award in the year 1980 and Best Director by West Bengal Government in 1982. He was also awarded India's highest theatre award for lifetime achievement in 2007, the B.V. Karanth award. His wife is a doctor, and they have a son and a daughter.