Born on 1938, Manohar Singh was an illustrious theatre and movie actor. He had worked in several Hindi movies. He also tasted success in theatre histrionics and playwright. His contribution to the theater was rewarded during the year 1982 when he garnered the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his good acting. Party, Rudali, Dikhsha , Lamhe, Chandni , Tughlaq,Daddy, Begum Barve and Himmat Mai are some of his outstanding works as a theater personality.
Hailing from a tiny village Kwara situated close to Shimla, Manohar kickstarted his career in state government’s drama department. The year 1971 saw him have his graduation from NSD. Later he endeavored into directing plays. The 1971 venture Qatil Ki Aawas was his entry into play direction. The year 1976 was a milestone in his career since he turned out to be NSD Repertory Company’s second chief. He sustained in that post upto 1988. The project, Tughlaq remains still etched in the hearts of his fans. His guru Ebrahim Alkazi directed this flick. He enacted the role of Tughlaq in this memorable play.
Manohar got himself associated with Delhi Theater in the end of 80s, after quitting NSD. The Bollywood flick Kissa Kursi Ka was not shown in theatres then. This is a political spoof and had Shabani Azmi,
, Manohar Singh and
in main roles. This was a very controversial film of that time.
Ram, which is the production venture of the yearly Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra has Manohar’s voice-over. His voice was his strength to the venture. Manohar also tested waters in television serials such as
and Dard. These serials were successful. He breathed his last on 14, November 2002. He left his legacy since NSD started an award in his name. It is named as Manohar Singh Smriti Puruskar. This award is given to a youth graduate of NSD. The graduate should be below 50 to earn this award.