Harsh Mayar is an Indian actor who is known for playing the protagonist Chhotu (aka Kalam) in the Hindi-language children’s film I Am Kalam (2010). The role earned him the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2010.Harsh grew up in a humble household and inclined towards acting at a very young age watching Bollywood films and TV shows. It was his maternal uncle who recognised his passion for acting and encouraged him to attend a theatre workshop at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra from 2005 to 2008.Harsh spent his childhood participating in several local plays staged at Shri Ram Centre in Mandi House, Delhi’s own Broadway. In an interview, he recalled his initial days as a theatre artist and said, Firstly, I worked at the backstage. In my first stage show, I was given the role of a monkey. That was funny and exciting too. Even my mother was shocked to see me.”.He came into the limelight in 2010 when he starred in the Indian Hindi-language children’s film ‘I Am Kalam,’ which was produced by the non-governmental charity Smile Foundation. The film centres around Chotu, a poor boy who forms an unlikely and unstable friendship with the lonely son of a nobleman. The film earned him numerous accolades including the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2010 and a nomination for the Colors Screen Awards for Best Child Artist in 2012.Former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam gifted Harsh Mayar his autobiography, Wings of Fire, after the release of the film I Am Kalam. Harsh Mayar with A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.He played the role of Ajite, a boy who leads a gang of kids in Madhogarh village, in the Indian Hindi-language children’s film Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (2012). Harsh Mayar (right) as Ajite in Jalpari The Desert Mermaid (2012).In 2013, he played the role of Nanu in the Indian- American English-language film Desires of the Heart.In 2015, he appeared in the short film Untitled: The Words Left Unsaid as Nitin.In 2016, he appeared in Doordarshan National’s action-drama series titled AdhaFULL in which he played the role of Adrak. The show follows three teenagers, Adrak, Tara, and Kitty, who form a gang called Aadha Full to solve mystery and crime cases that occur in their hometown, Badlapur.In 2017, he earned a Certificate of Excellence at the 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival for his role in the short film Porphessnal.