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
Ankit GorArt should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” - Cesar A. Cruz The role of theatre or any other form of art that talks about issues is to draw attention to that problem and to create a dialogue for its solution. Art is meant to release the captivated thoughts and emotions. Theatre is an art that represents various arts in a cohesive way. Drama is a mirror of the society; it is a medium of entertainment and a tool for a dialogue. Drama is also energy; and it is also a voice against circumstances, emotions, relationships, systems, oppression and misery. Drama is a medium which has been keeping stories alive, since eternity. Theatre is a storytelling, delivery medium that everyone can use. From time to time, it is essential to look at this medium in a new light, and not limit it entertainment.
Abhinay’s love for theater arts stems from his college days, as a mimicry artist. But after working as a theater artist in a couple of plays, he decided to pursue theater more seriously and enrolled at the Gujarat College of Arts and Science. From here, he went on to become an actor, writer and a theater director all in one, and also founded Aarambh Academy, a group working on experimental theater concept.Read more
Shakti Dodiya’s career in theater arts began as a mere coincidence. He reveals this story comically, quoting that “to win back a girl one of his friend had recently broken up with, he decided to become an actor, and I merely tagged along to encourage his pursuit”. But while his friend did not continue this escapade, Shakti, went on to adopt it professionally and has already produced 2 successful plays.Read more
This young artist fell in love with theater arts at an early age. But it was not until his mentorship under Nimesh Desai, that he truly found his footing. He worked on several short films during his foundation years, some of which he intends to formally turn to plays or as professionally produced pieces in the future. After garnering a strong foundation, he went to JG college of Performing arts, for formal training, from where he emerged as a strong, well-rounded theater writer.Read more
“Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” Ankit Gor lives by this quote. He, quite literally, gets people out of their comfort zones and makes them think through his art and on the other hand, he himself finds solace in art. Ankit decided that he wants to get into storytelling, be it through any medium. He felt that there are a lot of instances that happen around us that need to be told and shared. And it is hence that all his work have some message or the other, on a topic that otherwise is rarely discussed.Read more
Anahita is a queer performing artist, activist, writer and educator. Their performance interest lies in the exploration of how types of space, performance mediums and bodies interact with one another and the audience experiences. They also work a lot with how and what stories are told, trying to move away from the usual narrative styles and stereotypes, and bringing stories that are unheard onto the stage. A lot of their work comes from their own curiosities about the world.Read more
Rupanshi Kashyap is a talented young Kathak dancer. She has trained under the renowned Kathak Guru Padma Bhushan Kumudini ji Lakhia at the Kadamb Centre for Dance in Ahmedabad Having grown up into an attractive young solo dancer, Rupanshi is a very promising performer. She has mastered various aspects of the classical Kathak repertoire which are Laya-Taal , Padhant , Anng Shuddhi and Abhinaya.Read more