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Date: 23rd January 2019, Time: 2.30pm


It is generally said that the Indian theatre in the seventies was that of the playwright. Playwrights in various Indian languages explored new modes of expression in their writings which stimulated directors, designers and others to find suitable and novel ways of staging them and the Indian theatre has been in the pursuit of newer idioms and expressions ever since. How does the playwright find himself/herself in the present context?

Moderator: M K Raina (Festival Directorate, ITFoK2019)

Panelists: Satish Alekar, Pune (Playwright, Theatre Director), Ashis Sengupta, West Bengal (Author, Social Critic), C. B. Sudhakaran, Kerala (Academician, Author)

Satish Vasant Alekar is a Marathi playwright, actor, and theatre director. A founder member of the Theatre Academy of Pune, and most known for his plays Mahanirvan, Mahapoor, Atirekee, Pidhijat, Mickey and Memsahib, and Begum Barve, all of which he also directed for the Academy.

Ashish Sengupta is Professor of English at the University of North Bengal. A recipient of Fulbright visiting scholarship (2006), he has published widely on South Asian and American theatre. His most recent publications include two edited books: Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Islam in Performance (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017)

C B Sudhakaran is a Ph.D holder, Thesis on Fredric Jameson’s Critique of Postmodernism.  He has published books in English and Malayalam. Latest publication by SPCS is a book on Antonio Gramsci. Other three books in Malayalam are Utharadhunikatha, Utharadhunikatha: Malayala Patabhedangal, and English Bhasha: Oru Laghu Charithram.