Uttara Baokar is an Indian stage, television and film actress. She played prominent roles in a number of notable plays like Padmavati in Mukhyamantri, the Mena in the Mena Gujari, a mother’s role in the Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq and leading role of Umrao in “
”. She was born on May 17th 1916 in Sangoli, Maharashtra, and started her career on Marathi stage.
In the year 1978, she directed Jaywant Dalvi’s play by Sandhya Chhaya, Hindi translation by Kusum Kumar. During the year 1984, she won sangeet natak akademi award and India’s national academy award for acting in Hindi theatre. She also played prominent roles in Marathi films Shevri, Doghi with Sadashiv Amrapurkar,Uttarayan, Restaurant with Sonali Kulkarani.
She studied acting in National School of Drama in Delhi under the guidance of Ebrahim Alkazi and was graduated during the year 1968. Being an alumini of NSD at Delhi, she remained as one of the leading actresses with the NSD repertory company during the year 1970’s and 1980’s which was considered as the revival period of Hindi theatre prior to moving towards films in the late 1980’s.
Uttara Baokar is the most senior theatre personality in India. Recently she was in Bhopal to take a drama class at the prestigious MP School of Drama. She conducted an interactive session with the children at the drama school. She told to media “Bhopal is a rich cultural city wherein you can find lot of talent. You can even call it as the cultural capital of India”.