PHOTOS: Moments from the late thespian, Ebrahim Alkazi’s theatre and life

Indian theatre doyen, director and legendary drama teacher Ebrahim Alkazi, who has been synonymous with Delhi’s National School of Drama, died on Tuesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94. Alkazi, who took charge of the National School of Drama in 1962 and was its longest serving director, produced plays such as Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq and Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug, as well as many Greek and Shakespearean plays. He mentored generations of actors, including Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. “Dad died this evening at 2.45 pm after a massive heart attack. He was admitted to the Escorts hospital the day before yesterday,” his son Feisal Alkazi told PTI. Here are some moments from the theatre of Ebrahim Alkazi

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Ebrahim Alkazi portrays Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, which he also directed for the Theatre Unit in 1955. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Ebrahim Alkazi portrays Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, which he also directed for the Theatre Unit in 1955. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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‘Antigone’ by Jean Anouilh. Director: E. Alkazi. Kusum Haider as Antigone and M. Chitnis as Creon. Theatre Unit, Bombay, 1955. (Alkazi FOUNDATION FOR ARTS)

‘Antigone’ by Jean Anouilh. Director: E. Alkazi. Kusum Haider as Antigone and M. Chitnis as Creon. Theatre Unit, Bombay, 1955. (Alkazi FOUNDATION FOR ARTS)

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Rohini Hattangadi and Naseeruddin Shah in Sultan Razia at National School of Drama in 1974. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Rohini Hattangadi and Naseeruddin Shah in Sultan Razia at National School of Drama in 1974. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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Ebrahim Alkazi as pictured in 2007. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Ebrahim Alkazi as pictured in 2007. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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Ebrahim Alkazi watches on as rehearsals take place at Purana Qila, Delhi, in 1974. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Ebrahim Alkazi watches on as rehearsals take place at Purana Qila, Delhi, in 1974. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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Ebrahim Alkazi’s students Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah in the play Danton’s Death at the National School of Drama in 1976. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Ebrahim Alkazi’s students Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah in the play Danton’s Death at the National School of Drama in 1976. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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Ebrahim Alkazi with his wife Roshan Alkazi in the United Kingdom in 1949. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

Ebrahim Alkazi with his wife Roshan Alkazi in the United Kingdom in 1949. (Alkazi Collection of Photography)

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Alaknanda Samarth as Miss Julie in August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, directed by Alkazi for the Theatre Unit in Bombay in 1960. (Alkazi Collection of Photography/Mitter bedi)

Alaknanda Samarth as Miss Julie in August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, directed by Alkazi for the Theatre Unit in Bombay in 1960. (Alkazi Collection of Photography/Mitter bedi)

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