A versatile theatre artiste

Mohd. Yaseen
At a time when films have made a reach to almost every household and became the most dominant medium to entertain people, it requires hell of passion and guts to survive in this world and to opt theatre as a passion exhibited time and again to make a mark in the field.
It was an autumn day in Lucknow when a versatile actor, Arvind Anand, of Indian Stage and Television was born to Basant Lal Anand. He never thought that he will be amongst the best of the actors in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He mesmerized the audiences with his acting skills and received repeated applauds from the art critics. He is of the firm belief that nothing will be done overnight, one needs much patience to achieve his/her best in life.
Known by the name of ‘Lucky’ in the artist fraternity, Arvind Anand has his Bachelor Degree from SPMR College of Commerce and started showing his interest in the field of acting at a very tender age. He has done numerous plays over the years as a lead actor in which prominent among those includes Bawa Jitto, Sainyan Bhaye Kotwal, Jasma Odan, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Toba Tek Singh, Devyani, Kala Suraj etc. He has also directed plays like Virodh, Tamasha and Neend Kyu Raat Bhar Nahi Aati.
The proud employee of LIC of India, Arvind Anand attended numerous workshops organized by National School of Drama, New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Dogri Sanstha etc. In the year 1986-87 and 1989-90, he was awarded best actor award from Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in Annual Drama Festival for Us Ki Jaat and Din Bhar respectively besides many others. “I have been the part of production ‘Bawa Jitto’ as a lead role which is being presented in every nook and corner of the country and the play is longest living contemporary theatre play of the country”, he shares.
Having over 200 films and TV serials to his credit, Arvind Anand has left no stone unturned to give his expertise to the theatre practitioners of Jammu and Kashmir. He has been nominated 5 times as an expert to witness the rehearsal of the plays in Annual Drama Festival organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
Senior most actor of Jammu stage, Suresh Kumar while commenting on his personality shares that as a co-actor I have done numerous performances with him in which I always learnt from him. He worked round the clock while doing any character on stage. Theatre always respond when one gives time, energy, attention and passion, which he has always kept in his mind and one can remark him as a finest actor of India.
Arvind Anand while having chit chat shares that his theatre journey started with Kavi Rattan who taught me various things for the creation of an actor. In Jammu, theatre has seen many challenges but now there are many possibilities too and we as theatre artists need to explore them for the theatre audiences. Since 1979, I have been working actively in the field of theatre and I feel theatre is a reflection of our own self. I assert my wish to keep theatre as an integral part of my life in which I say criticism is a vital ingredient for the grooming of an artist which provides a chance of improvement. Self analysis is also very important.
From the aforementioned saga of versatile actor Arvind Anand, it can be said that he has set an example for upcoming artists which will guide them how to flourish in this field.