Chandradasan, Founder and Artistic Director of Lokadharmi Centre for Theatre Kochi, is a designer, director, dramaturg, actor, writer and translator. He designed and directed more than 50 plays that include adaptations of Western and Indian classics like Shakespeare, and other contemporary plays. He improvised and devised productions, comedies, poetry and short story performances, and children’s plays in Malayalam, Kannada, Finnish, Hindi, Lithuanian, Tamil, Sanskrit, and English. He is also an academic who has been a guest faculty in various universities and institutes including NSD New Delhi and Bangalore, Rangayana and Mysore along with conducting seminars, workshops and participating in festivals all over the world. He received the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre award (META) for Best Play in 2008, The Kerala State Sangeetha Nataka Academy award for his contribution to theatre in 2004. He is also the recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for Professional and academic Excellence for 2014.
Taranjit Kaur is an Indian actress and poet, known for her Oscar winning German film Raju. She has worked in many award winning films like Ankhon dekhi and Mouth of hell, a BAFTA nominated film. Her upcoming films are Kafaara and Murder on the road to Kathmandu. Moreover, she is also known for her writing on women issues and her first poem, I’m not a virgin, got more than 4 million views on YouTube along with a great response. Her other poems like Girls don’t make a noise and Happily ever after address issues like sexual and emotional abuse. She is the Co- founder of PadSquad, an initiative started during the lockdown, that works for the menstrual hygiene of women.
Vansh Bhardwaj is an actor and director with an outstanding oeuvre of his own. He completed his Masters in Dramatic arts from Panjab University and received a gold medal in the same. He is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar in 2008. Vansh has worked as an actor and director in productions of theatre companies including The Company, Ranga Shankara, Holy Theatre, Abhinet, Dark Matter and The Creative Arts Academy. Vansh has worked with Padmashree Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry on ‘Naga Mandala’ , and the latest ‘Black Box’. He has co-directed plays like ‘Naked Voices’ and ‘Bitter Fruit’ with Neelam Mansingh for The Company and ‘The Dice of Desire’ with Ramanjit Kaur, a TCAA production. He has also made his mark as a powerful actor in cinema, some of which include Kesari (2019), Udta Punjab (2016) , Anatomy of Violence (2016), the critically acclaimed Midnight’s Children (2012) and Heaven on Earth (2008).
Dr. Trina Nileena Banerjee completed her MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University, and proceeded to complete a Masters of Studies in English at the University of Oxford. She worked on the history of women in the group theatre movement in Bengal between 1950 and 1980 for her PhD. From 2011-2013, she taught at the Theatre and Performance Studies Department, School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. Her research interests include gender, performance, South Asian history, political and postcolonial Theatre and theories of the Body. She has been a theatre, film actress, journalist and fiction writer. Her essays and reviews have appeared in national and international journals and her book Performing Silence: Women in the Group Theatre Movement in Bengal is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (India) in 2019-2020.
Anubha Fatehpuria is an actor and architect. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar 2013-14, The Telegraph SHE Awards 2019 and Shyamal Sen Smriti Puraskar 2007, she has worked with stage and screen directors from India and abroad. Trained under late Shyamanand Jalan, she continues to learn the craft with Vinay Sharma. An actor with Padatik Theatre Calcutta since 2002, she is currently Director-Programmes.
Anubha received the Nagpur University Gold Medal for B. Architecture (2001), and interned with Ar. Balkrishna Doshi. Her work is recognised for green practices, and she has a special interest in designing performance spaces
Barkha Fatnani has been an artist with Gillo Repertory theatre since 2015 and has performed in over 10 plays has been a drama facilitator with Gillo, as well as independently working with schools across Mumbai.