Saumya JoshiAn award-winning playwright, director, actor and poet, Saumya Joshi is widely known for his contributions to the world of theatre, filmmaking and screenwriting. His critically acclaimed play, ‘Welcome Zindagi’ and his screenplays for films like "Dhaandho" and "Shu Thayu?" are where he skilfully crafts compelling narratives. His critically acclaimed play “102 Not Out’ has been performed more than 600 times in India and abroad. It has also been adapted into a film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor.
A few of his original plays include Tututu Tutu Tara, Dharoke Tame Manji Chho, Mahatma Bomb, and Dost Chokkas Ahin Nagar Vasatun Hatun. He was also the dialogue writer and lyricist of the National award-winning film ‘Hellaro’. From designing ‘WINGS’, an esteemed theatre festival in 2005 to mentoring several, he has been spreading his knowledge to aspiring artists and students. His other credited works include a collection of his poems in a book titled ‘The Greenroom’, and the web & TV series ‘Faadu’ and ‘Tamanna’.
Saumya's exceptional talent has been recognized with numerous accolades and awards. Some of these notable honours include the esteemed B.K. Thakore Award and Ravji Patel Award for his poetic contributions. Additionally, he has been bestowed with the Gujarat Rajya Gaurav Puruskar (2007), Girnar Natya Shiromani Puraskar (2012), and Times of India Face of The Year (2002).
Chirag ModiChirag's love for theatre is a vibrant reflection of his personality in tune with his creative spirit and zest for life. Theatre happened to him by chance but has now become an integral part of his life. He credits his growth as an artist to his academic and life experiences. "Dost," "Mare Rashtragan Vechvu Chhe," and "Mujhe Fir Ek Baar Mujhe Dekhna Hai," were his original productions that helped him discover his passion and potential for the performing arts. With over 17 years of experience as a playwright, director, and mentor, he delivers captivating productions and performances for the masses. He created Ouroboros, Ahmedabad's first black box theatre, where all art forms are celebrated. There he provided a platform to budding artists and also mentored them in their creative endeavours, helping them transform their dreams into reality. He aspires to continue this vision in Abhivyakti Edition 5, as a curator where he aims to showcase numerous stories from budding artists and share them with the world. Experience the magic of theatre and storytelling with Chirag Modi in Abhivyakti Edition 5.
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
Vaishakh is an actor, writer, songwriter, poet and director in the Hindi-Gujarati theatre and cinema industry. He has worked with the best directors in the Gujarati industry and has also done light design in many plays. He has played lead roles in Gujarati movies like 16 Fight Against Ragging, Vandha Vilaas, Oxygen and Afraa Tafri. He has also played roles in Hindi films like Saaheb Biwi Aur Gangster, and Manto. His poetries have been published in two books, one of which has received a national-level award.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
Having directed over 80 plays and contributed to more than 20 films, Chetan Daiya is a seasoned film director. His accomplishments were recognized in 2019 when he was awarded the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the movie “Hungama House”.Read more
Chhaap (Akshay Sharma)
The concept of Remote Control Nukkad Natak by Chhaap is an idea to upgrade the mass communication tool of street play to a higher level of crowd interaction. This concept of street theatre gives the audience a chance to be a part of the act and to weave the story ahead as per their way. The play, on various instances, provides the audience two different options to proceed with the story line, and every option makes the story unfold accordingly. The play is constructed in such a way that every alternative has a different scene or reaction to follow and…Read more
Gauri Bakshil is a mother, writer, director, educationalist, and believer who fell in love with theatre at first sight. Consequently, she gave birth to The Footlights Theatre, which became her fourth child.Read more
Gaurang Anand’s primary areas of focus are theatre and photography. He has been involved in theatre since 2001, and this marks the first occasion since 2004 that he will be directing a play.Read more