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Date: 21st January 2019, Time: 2.30pm

It is the commonly acknowledged notion that there is an inherent interdependence between the spoken word, actor and Scenography and through the imaginative use of these elements the director creates his mise en scene to interpret the play. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to examine this established notion in the context of the theatre practice in India today.


Moderator: Arundati Nag (Festival Directorate, ITFoK2019)

Panelists: Prasanna, Karnataka (Theatre Activist, Director) Neelam Mansingh Chaudhary, Chandigarh (Theatre Artist, Director), Narippatta Raju, Kerala (Actor, Theatre Director)

Prasanna is a major Indian theatre director and playwright from Karnataka. He is one of the pioneers of modern Kannada theatre. He graduated from the National School of Drama He founded Samudaya and gave a creative direction to Kannada theatre in the 1970s with other activists. Prasanna lives in Heggodu in Karnataka. He is known for his organisational skills and new ideas and innovations in theatre. He is a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee.

Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry is a Chandigarh-based theatre artist and academician. She graduated from the National School of Drama. She was awarded the 2003 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the Theatre Direction category and is also the recipient of the 2011 Padma Shri Award.

Narippatta Raju is a renowned theatre personality in India with forty years of active involvement as an actor, director, choreographer, and instructor. He got training in modern theatre from School of Drama, Thrissur, and the University of Hyderabad.  He associated with many projects and productions in India as well as abroad. He conducted several theatre workshops and participated in many major theatre festivals. He received several awards and recognition for his talent.