Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry has a Master’s degree in the History of Arts as well as a diploma from the National School of Drama. In 1979, she moved to Bhopal and was attached to The Rang Mandal, a theatre repertory attached to the Multi-arts Complex, Bharat Bhavan. In 1984, she moved to Chandigarh where she set up her own theatre company called ‘The Company.’ She has also been teaching in the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University and was also the Chairperson. Her well-known plays include Kitchen Katha, The Suit, Yerma, Nagamandala, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Little Eyolf, Bitter Fruit and Naked Voices. The group has participated in major national and international festivals. She is the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri (2011). She is now Professor Emeritus at the Panjab University.