Probir Guha, Chandradasan, Rashi Bunny and R Raju will engage the audience in a 4-day workshop on Playback Theatre, demonstrating the use of theatre in cross cultural sensitization, environmental and social awareness and education.
Probir Guha is an acclaimed theater artist and director of Alternative Living Theatre. He worked with unemployed local youth to create a theatre shaped by their own struggle and suffering. The company has developed a new aesthetics and forged new tools of expression, moving away from the linear narration, speech and movement of conventional drama. Performing in small towns and villages, the theatre has consistently worked to create social awareness and sow seeds of change in human minds. Shri Guha has directed more than fifty plays with his own company and other groups, performing widely in India and neighboring countries. He continues to do experimental theatre with various marginalized groups such as landless peasants, juvenile offenders. His work has been lauded by leading minds in world theatre including Peter Brook, Jerzy Grotowski, and Eugenio Barba. He has had occasion to work with these masters abroad and has himself conducted workshops in Poland, Germany, and the United States. Among other honours Shri Guha has received a Commemorative Award for People’s Theatre from the American Biographical Institute. Shri Probir Guha receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.
Prof. Chandradasan A A is an Associate professor of Chemistry, and Founder director of Lokadharmi Kochi, a Centre for theater training, research and performance. He is a member of an expert committee to select Senior/Junior fellowships in theatre to the Department of Culture, Government of India. He is a Fulbright – Nehru fellow and is a recipient of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award for Theatre.
Rashi Bunny, an accomplished Indian Theatre Artist, is well known in the country as a serious and committed actor and an innovative director. She is also a transformation facilitator, art counselor, designer, healer & poet. She is the Founder of Banjara Theatres (known for its innovative, meaningful & uplifting plays since 2001) and Director, Bombay Hatss (products & services to ‘Bring Experiences Alive’ since 2014), both based in Mumbai, India. Her theatre training in the USA and mentorship under the stalwarts like E. Alkazi, Shaymanand Jalan and Ratan Thiyam in India have chiseled her into an awakened and socially responsible artist. Her world-wide travel as a Solo Performer, awards & accolades in various national & International Theatre festivals have exposed her to diverse themes & performance styles.
Dr. R Raju, retired professor from Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry is an established figure in the theater circles. Graduating from National School of Drama, New Delhi (1977 batch) Dr. Raju has more than 40 years of experience in teaching drama and theater in various universities. Specializing in stage craft, Dr. Raju has directed more than 60 plays and acted in few films and television serials as well.