Sunil ShanbagSunil Shanbag is a Mumbai based theatre director and producer. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Arpana, and Tamaasha Theatre. Over the past 35 years, Sunil’s work across various genres of theatre practice has been engaging with and presenting the complex nature of contemporary India, on stage as well as in various alternative spaces. His work spans across themes and issues that concern modern Indian society, across class, caste, gender and other inequalities. Sunil has been actively involved in theatre in education projects. He has held workshops on theatre techniques for aspiring actors and directors, and for school and post-graduate teachers. Sunil Shanbag is also a documentary film-maker and producer with several independent films to his credit. His film, Maihar Raag, won the National Award for best non-fiction film in 1993. Sunil Shanbag will be providing his insights and mentorship to the selected applicants of Abhivyakti Edition 3.
Arpita DhagatA Founder Member of Astitva Art Foundation, Arpita presently works as a Cultural Outreach Programmer with LEAF Foundation. She is a performer and performance maker, with a specialization in design and theatre techniques from the National School of Drama, New Delhi (2010-13). Arpita is keen on different mediums of artistic expression and how it changes the equation between the audience and the artist.
AMIT KHUVAAmit Khuva is the personification of the term "prodigy." A stand-up comedian, Amit has been making people laugh with his insights and punches since the age of 7. The India Book of Records has recognized him as the youngest comedian of India. He has been featured in various TV shows and is globally acclaimed for his sense of humor. Amit Khuva's enthusiasm for humour is seen in his extensive understanding of the genre. He has mastered 38 types of comedy and is presently working on his PhD in the 39th. He is also the founder of India’s First Comedy Training Academy and has proficiently trained many comedians across the globe. Amit’s comedy binds people in a harmony of laughter and his insights and observations are versatile enough that his jokes are relevant from a 5-year-old child to an 80-year-old man. As a content creator of the Humor Category. Amit aspires to expose the audience to new and unexplored forms of comedy and bring something new on stage. Get your funny bones tickled by Amit Khuva in Abhivyakti Edition 4
Sunil Shanbag, a theatre director and producer based in Mumbai, has co-founded and serves as the artistic director of both Theatre Arpana and Tamaasha Theatre. With over 35 years of experience, he has explored and showcased the intricate complexities of contemporary India through various genres of theatre, including alternative spaces. Sunil’s works encompass themes that address pressing issues affecting modern Indian society, such as class, caste, and gender inequalities. Additionally, he has contributed to theatre education projects, conducting workshops on theatre techniques for aspiring actors and directors, as well as teachers at the school and post-graduate levels. Beyond theatre, Sunil…Read more
Vedika is the Director of Pratibimb Theatre Studio for children. It is a non -commercial and non-profit theatre group set up in October 2004. For the children of today, it aims to bring out the hidden talent of kids and help them build confidence and showcase their creativity.Read more
Nayan Bhil is a puppeteer, writer, and theatre artist from Ahmedabad. He has performed major colour shadow puppet shows at the inaugural function of Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad, at the opening ceremony of Swaminarayan Art college Anand, Vibrant Gujarat and so on. Apart from the shows, he conducts puppetry workshops in different NGOs and schools.Read more
KALPANA GADGEKAR Kalpana Gagdekar Chhara is an award-winning theatre artist and a well-known personality in Gujarati Theatre. The Founder Member of Budhan Theatre, she has played a pivotal role to build the nationwide movement for the rights of Denotified Tribes of India. She catapulted to a household name among theatre lovers after recreating the life of “Kasturba”, by playing Kasturba. Kalpana has acted in famous plays like Budhan, Akoopar and many other Gujarati and Hindi plays.Read more
A Founder Member of Astitva Art Foundation, Arpita presently works as a Cultural Outreach Programmer with LEAF Foundation. She is a performer and performance maker, with a specialization in design and theatre techniques from the National School of Drama, New Delhi (2010 -13). Arpita is keen on different mediums of art expression and how it changes the equation between the audience and the artist. Ukhana “Off with their heads!” Words were immortalized by the Queen of Hearts in the much-beloved book Alice in Wonderland. The story is appealing to the sensibilities of children as well as adults.This interactive installation is…Read more