Dr. Om Prakash Bharti, a folklorist, art historian, story writer, playwright, director and curator was born on 5 September, 1968 in Saharsa district of Bihar.
A post graduate in M.A. Dramatics (Gold Medalist) and M.A. Hindi Literature (First Class First) and awarded Ph.D (Folk Theatre Tradition of Eastern India) from Patna University, Patna. Recipient of National Culture Fellowship of Department of Culture, Government of India for Compilation of Lok Natya Vishwakosh (Encyclopedia of Indian Folk Theatre)
He has written six plays, about 150 research articles and 16 research books in field of Performing Arts including books Nadiyan Gaati Hain (a folklorist study of songs of Kosi river), The River Sings (In English), Lokayan, an anthology of selected published articles on folk music, dance and theatre, Bihar Ke Paramparik Natya, Balan – Traditional Theatre of Sikkim, Ankia Nat – Traditional Theatre of Assam, Maithili Lok Natya, Purvotar Bharat Ke Lok Natya, Bharatiya Putul Natya, Ranghar and Co-writer of Encyclopedia of Social Science edited by Professor S.S. Sashi, 2006. He has supervised more than 16 research scholars of Ph.D Degree and M.Phil. Dr. Bharti has received two National and four State level awards in the field of letters and Performing Arts including Indira Gnadhi Rajbhasha Samman – 2008 of Home Ministry, Govt. of India for his book ‘Bhar Ke Paramparik Natya’, Mohan Rakesh Samman – 2009 of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt. of Delhi for the play ‘Baandh Tutne Do’.
As an art administrator Dr. Bharti lead and headed different important positions including Deputy Secretary (Drama), Deputy Secretary (Folk and Tribal Arts) in Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Director-cum-Deputy Secretary at Sangeet Natak Akademi, North East Centre, Shillong and Director-in-Charge of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy, Imphal. He served as Associate Professor at the Department of Dramatics and Film Studies in Mahatma Gandhi Antarrastriya Hindi Viswavidyalaya, Wardha (A Central University of est. by Govt. of India). He is also the members of different National level committees in the field of performing arts. His researches on River Folklore and Indigenous knowledge have been widely acclaimed by the scholars at international level.
Dr. Bharti has formulated, design and execute more than four hundred national level festivals, seminars, exhibitions and workshops and 23 festivals at international repute. He has also visited abroad to deliver lectures on the performing arts traditions and also as a cultural delegated including South Korea, Japan, China, Bhutan, Nepal and participated in 9th World Hindi Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa.