Who I am ?
Anil Kumar Reja,
Diretor : IISPL Ahmedabad [ Gujrat ]
A Graduate Mechanical engineer with an unbounded passion for performing street plays. served almost three decade span of life in ONGC performed more than 100 street plays and stage shows till now spreading awareness among masses about social problems like AIDS, dowry system, untouchability, terrorism, etc in urban as well as rural Gujarat and other parts of the country. I took theater after the sudden demise of my beloved mother in 1994, which shook me to the roots, and is channelizing all his creative energy towards promoting the cause of theater, a fast diminishing popular form of entertainment. Now entered a new lease of life in Education Sector. Even as a growing child, 8-10 years old, the society at large, the divide between the rich and the poor, ups and downs in life that my family underwent and things like that are deeply etched in my memory. Some of my childhood friends could not afford to pay school fees and became rickshaw pullers or daily-wage earners; while some went on to become professionals like engineers, doctors, managers, etc. I’ve been associated with people from all sections of society – under-privileged as well as affluent – and I felt that the "world of drama" is the most appropriate medium to communicate your feelings, ethos and pathos, to the people around us. Even as a child I had become associated with ‘Ram Lila,’ a local group of child artistes, narrating the story of Lord Ram and his wife Sita. I became the Vice President of the group about 24 years ago. My journey for bread and butter had started, and I got my first job with a private concern at Jhansi at a monthly stipend of Rs.250. The work center was about 10 km away from my home; it was a great pleasure cycling all the way with my fellow colleagues and friends. Later, I completed my apprentice training at HMT (Tractor Division), Pinjore, near Chandigarh. My family was going through a tough phase, and it was my responsibility to provide for the education of my two younger brothers and look after my only sister. The prayers of my well-wishers, especially my mother and grandmother, didn’t go in vain, and I got the job offer from ONGC and marry off my only sister, and all my siblings are well settled in life. I got married to a fashion designer in 1986, and I’m fortunate to have my wife’s unstinted support in all my endeavors. She has also conducted a few fashion shows in Ahmadabad. We’re blessed with a son who’s working in Corporate affairs , Adani , and daughter-in-law not really daughter @ Dr Sneha Gupta Reja is makes a complete family that count four numbers . We expect from both of them to grow up to be an honest and loyal citizen of this great country. I can never forget the 3rd of January 1994 in my whole life. That was the day my mother, who means so much to me, departed from this world. The loss of my beloved mother, who was the supreme source of strength for me in life, made me feel miserable and all alone. Yes, I clawed my way back to normal life thanks to this ‘world of drama’. It sustained me and provided me with the required strength, power and confidence, and an even greater zeal to communicate with people through theater activities. I plunged headlong into theater activities, which keeps me ticking in my life. We’ve completed more than 100 street plays and stage shows till now in Ahmadabad and other parts of the country. I was one of the team members of the Regional Cultural Meet held at Dehra Dun on ONGC Day 2000.We’re Runners-up representing the then WRBC and the now WOBU. We received the trophy from the then C&MD Mr. B C Bora.