Sh. Suraj Tiku was not only very
interested in painting but also theatre was his passion. He acted in dramas
staged by the first theatre group Kala-Kendra in the beginning at its
Shivalaya stage and later at Tagore Hall, Srinagar. He made set decoration and
painted background scenes for dramas. Professionally he was also employed at
Song and Drama Division of J&K govt. state information.
The veteran actors of Kala-Kendra were Sh. Triloke Das (from
Toongipora), Sh. Lakshmi Narayan Kaul (known popularly as Lassa Kaul of
Drabiyar, he also acted in dramas of Radio Kashmir), Somnath Sumbly, and many
Sh.Suraj Tiku later joined the School of Design, at Exhibition
grounds, Srinagar. Its director Sh. Triloke Kaul had a positive influence on
Sh. Tiku's persuasion of art.