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SEMINAR | Art and Contemporary Indian Reality

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Date: 24th January 2019, Time: 5 pm


The constitution of India guarantees the freedom of speech and expression, needless to say, that it includes freedom of artistic expression as well. However, the contemporary reality in India is that the freedom of artistic expression has been curtailed due to violent resistance from forces inimical to it. Art, literature, and theatre have contributed to the country’s fight against colonialism and in taking forward the ideals of the Indian Renaissance. Are we in the threshold of a ‘Second Freedom Struggle’ and a ‘Second Renaissance’?

Moderator: G Kumaravarma (Festival Directorate, ITFoK 2019)

Panelists: Amitesh Grover, New Delhi (Theatre Director, Academician), Anjum Katyal, West Bengal (Theatre Critic, Writer), Shibu S Kottaram, Kerala (Theatre Director, Academician)

Anjum Katyal has been the Chief Editor, Seagull Books, Calcutta and Editor, Seagull Theatre Quarterly, as well as the editor of a web magazine on the contemporary arts in India. She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre and also she has translated several plays. She is a published poet and writes on theatre and the visual arts.

Amitesh Grover is National Scholl of Drama alumnus and his work occupies the intermediate space between theatre, performance, and interactive art. His work has a strong orientation towards experiencing philosophy in performance. He was nominated for Art Laguna prize, Forecast Award, Bismillah Khan National Award and also is the recipient of numerous residencies.

Shibu S Kottaram, is post graduated and Ph.D. holder in theatre, Faculty in Direction at School of Drama & Fine Arts, Thrissur He received several awards including ‘Kalasree’ from Govt. of Kerala. He Published 3 scripts and various studies on theatre, Directed more than 50 plays and participated in more than 6 International theatre festivals. He is a member in Board of Studies in six Universities across India. Former Deputy Director of Kerala State Chalachitra Academy


January 24
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sahithya Akademi Campus
Chembukkav, Regional Theatre Rd
Thrissur, Kerala 680020
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