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.
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
Abhinay Banker’s dynamic nature is apparent in his humility and profound regard for the people and environment around him. He has been dazzling audiences with his versatility as a recognised actor, director, and writer of Gujarati Cinema and Theatre for over a decade. He debuted in 2006 with the play ‘Unsuni.’ Abhinay became a sensation and garnered the appreciation of audiences for his musical presentation as actor and director of Main Tenu Phir Milangi, in 2011. Through his plays, Abhinay has brought to life myriad stories and literature on stage. Some of his unparalleled performances include Welcome Zindagi, Samudramanthan, Chalta…Read more
Shakti Dodhiya’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 abides by this quote which he embodies through his art, pushing people out of their comfort zones and encouraging them to think. His own sanctuary lies in art. Ankit’s passion for storytelling is unwavering, regardless of the medium used. He believes that there are numerous occurrences in our surroundings that need to be expressed and communicated. Therefore, all of his creations have a message, addressing topics that are often left unmentioned.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’s 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 Kumudiniji 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