Shakespeare in Indian Languages
Parnab Mukherjee's Profile:
A media analyst and a performance consultant by profession, Mr
Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre
directors' of the county.He divides his time between Delhi, Kolkata
and the Darjeeling hills. Currently, a consultant with a publishing
journal, Parnab has earlier worked for a sports fortnightly, English
daily and a Bengali daily. He is an acclaimed authority on Badal
Sircar's theatre and specialises in theatre-for-conflict-resolution
He is considered as a leading light in alternative theatre in the country having directed more than 50 productions of performance texts including three international collaborations. He has also performed 10 full length solos which includes an acclaimed River series of plays on trafficking, HIV and segregation and FootHills to Hills-a series of plays with Darjeeling as the living inspiration.
As one of the leading exponents of third theatre, Parnab has created a personal idiom of using spaces for theatre exploration. He has extensively worked on a range of human rights issues which include specific theatre projects on anti-uranium project struggles in Jadugoda and Turamdihi, Save Tenzin campaign, rehabilitation after Bhopal Gas tragedy, shelter issue of the de-notified tribes, a widely acclaimed cycle of seven plays against Gujarat genocide, and a range of issues on north-east with special refernece to Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Four of his most major workshop modules : Freedomspeak, The Otherness of the Body, City as a Text and The Conflicting Body has been conducted with theatre groups' and campuses all over the country
He has written four books on theatre.
Best of Kolkata Campus has completed 15 years of doing focussed
campus theatre in found spaces. It has produced a number of young
theatre workers' who are active in the cultural arena. It is a
loosely formed collective of a bunch of individuals who believe that
theatre is an important an independent tool of dissent outside the
ambit of party politics. Some of the most memorable productions of
the group include Hamletmachine, Antigone, Raktakarabi-an urban
sound opera, Bhul Rasta, Kasper, They Also Work, River Monologues,
Dead-Talk series and And the Dead Tree Gives no Shelter .
Anurupa Roy Profile:
Anurupa Roy is a puppeteer by profession. She has Diplomas in Puppet theatre from DI (Dramatiska Institutet for Film,T.V ,Drama and Radio ) at The University of Stockholm,SWEDEN and in Guaratelle, traditional glove puppetry, from the Scoula Della Guaratelle(School of Traditional Glove puppetry) in Naples , ITALY .
She has been a research scholar at the Institut de la Marionette at Charleville Mezeires
She is a puppet designer and performer and has directed over 14 full fledged performances (Almost Twelfth Night, About ram, Virus ka Tamasha, The Kashmir Project to name a few) which have toured festivals in India and abroad. She is the founder and managing trustee of the Kat-katha Puppet Arts Trust, New Delhi.
Anurupa has used puppetry as a tool of empowerment of women and youth though several grass-root level interventions in areas of gender and health.
She is the co-founder of the 15 Minute Fringe Festival and has been the recipient of the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2006 and the WISCOMP Fellowship of Peace in 2005.
RAJAT KAPOOR- DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
RAJAT HAS BEEN AN ACTOR, A MODEL AND A DIRECTOR. HE FORAYED INTO BOLLYWOOD BY PLAYING IN 2001'S SUPER HIT DIL CHAHTA HAI. HIS POPULAR ROLES INCLUDE CORPORATE, BHEJA FRY AND KHOYA KHOYA CHAND. HE HAS DIRECTED MIXED DOUBLES, RAGHU ROMEO AND MITHYATO CRITICAL ACCLAIM. HE IS ALSO REMEBERED FOR PLAYING A LETCH IN MONSOON WEDDINGHE HOSTS A SHOW ON NDTV LIFETSYLE CALLED LOUNGE, DISCUSSING SOCIALLY RELEVANT ISSUES. FROM THE AGE OF 14 HE WANTED TO BE A FILMMAKER. IN HIS GRADUATION DAYS HE STARTED A SUCCESSFUL THEATRE GROUP CALLED CHINGARI IN DELHI. LATER, HE JOINED FTII, PUNE, IN 1983 TO STUDY FILM DIRECTION, WHICH WAS A BIG HIGH FOR HIM. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE INSTITUTE HE ASSISTED MANI KAUL AND KUMAR SHAHANI, WHOM HE REGARDS AS HIS MENTORS BESIDES BEING GREAT FILM MAKERS.
RAJATíS TRYST WITH THEATRE GOES A LONG WAY BACK WHERE HE DIRECTED PLAYS LIKE THE MAIDS, DEATHWATCH, FIRE RAISERS, BAAL AND C FOR CLOWN. HE HAS ALSO TRANSLATED MANY PLAYS INTO HINDI- LIKE ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, THE CHAIRS, THE MAIDS, DEATHWATCH, TAMING OF THE SHREW, BAAL. HIS PRESENT PRODUCTION HAMLET- THE CLOWN PRINCE HAS RECENTLY DONE FULL HOUSE SHOWS AT PRITHVI THEATRE RUNNING FOR TWO WEEKS.
Address: Honnesara, Sagara Taluka, Shimoga Dist., Karnataka 577 417, India
Email: email@example.com, Phone: (Res) 08183-265723, Fax: 08183-265673
Born 4th April 1960, Akshara K.V. got his BA in literature at Sagara, then got theatre training at National School of Drama, New Delhi and MA in theatre arts from the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, UK.
He is associated with the Ninasam group of organizations as a teacher and theatre director as well as administrator. He also heads Akshara Prakashana, a prominent publishing house in the Kannada language.
He has written directed plays in Kannada, has taught theatre at Ninasam and elsewhere, and has presented papers in various seminars. He has published more than 15 books in Kannada, related to drama, theatre, cinema and has translated essays and books related to culture and society from English.
Three of his books have received the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award, and he is also a recipient of the Karnataka Nataka Academy fellowship.
At present lives at Heggodu, with his mother, wife and son.