Director of Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi
As a student of theatre Amal Allana spent two formative years in the GDR between 1969-71, pursuing her interest in Brecht. She was a Student Observer at the Berliner Ensemble, Volksbuhne, National Theatre Weimar, and the in Dresden. Over the last 45 years Amal Allana has produced a body of work via her continual intercultural engagement with the arts interjected with a keen understanding of social reality that transcends the boundaries of nationality and culture.
A renowned theatre director, Amal Allana has directed over 60 plays for the stage, several plays and serials for television. Furthermore, she has taught theatre, designed costumes for stage and film, curated exhibitions, researched and written on theatre. Her book The Act of Becoming (2013) on well- known Indian theatre actors, has added to scholarship in this area.
As Chairperson of the National School of Drama, New Delhi (2005-2013), Head of the Department of Indian Theatre, Punjab University, Chandigarh (1977-78) Amal has contributed to the scope of theatre education. The Dramatic Art & Design Academy (DADA) and Theatre & Television Associates (TTA) are two companies established by Amal and her husband, Nissar, for the dissemination of their theatre work.
Her notable productions include Aadhe Adhure, Hayavadana, The Good Person of Setzuan, Khamosh!, Mahabhoj, King Lear, Nagamandala, Himmat Mai, Begum Barve, Erendira & Her Heartless Grandmother, Nati Binodini, Metropolis etc.
Since 2010 Amal is the Director of Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi. In this she has taken over from her parents, Roshen and Ebrahim Alkazi, and is carrying forward their legacy of promoting and showcasing both new and emerging talent, as well as exhibitions drawn from Alkazi’s personal collection.
In 2016 Amal has curated a very large theatre exhibition on the life and work of Ebrahim Alkazi, the renown Indian theatre director and theatre educationist. The Theatre of E. Alkazi has been shown at the prestigious Lalit Kala Galleries in Delhi, the NGMA in Mumbai, the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Amal Allana is the recipient of several national and international awards including the SNA Award for her contribution to theatre.