Waman Kendre, director, National School of Drama, New Delhi Photos: S. Thyagarajan
NSD's current director, Waman Kendre, himself an alumnus of the school and a successful director in Marathi and Hindi, says while actual numbers have never been calculated, there was an informal stocktaking at the time of NSD's golden jubilee (2009).
People tend to remember only those who rise in commercial cinema, but, he
says, "So many students do go to their states and do a lot of theatre.
For example, in the Northeast region, most of the alumni are in theatre.
In Jammu and Kashmir and in Punjab, too, they are reputed.
Others perform equally important functions in teaching and academics, he
In states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, and Karnataka among others, it is possible to "very respectably" earn through theatre.
Plus, in the last 55 years, the NSD's
training and quality have been recognised, Kendre