To begin with, Norah Richards gathered around herself those college students in Lahore who were enthusiasts of theatre and staged English plays with them. These also included some that she wrote herself. Drawing upon the past and on folklore, she composed such plays-in-miniature as Sati, Valmiki, Gautama, and Mother Earth, similar to Lady Gregory's village comedies. In 1912 she instituted an annual competition in playwriting, which brought I. C. Nanda to the fore, by adjudging his Punjabi script Suhag or 'Wedding' in 1913 as the best. She tirelessly busied herself in writing pamphlets and booklets like Village Play, Play Writing and Play Makings Studio Theatre, and Drama as a Cultural Force and Its Place in the University, which brought into vogue a cultured theatre with incidents and characters merging in the plot, and integrally related scenery.
Upon her husband's premature death in 1920, Norah retired from the stage. After the partition of India and Pakistan, she left for Andretta, a hamlet in the Kangra valley now in Himachal Pradesh. There she set up an acting school and amphitheatre on land given her by the Punjab government. Norah Richards died in 1971.
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