ABOUT US

TDL is conceived and maintained by the Bhasha Centre for Performing Arts, a Bangalore based organisation that serves to 

create tools and resources to streamline information and access to it, for and within the performing arts community in India.

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Aakriti Chandervanshi

Visual Designer

Aakriti Chandervanshi is a visual artist, curator and designer from India. As an architectural graduate from Sir J J College of Architecture, the roots of her practice emerge from her keen interest in the historicities of the built environment and relevant debates around the discourse on their conservation. 

 

Most of her time is spent in traveling and documenting places & spaces, in an attempt to explore physical and emotional connections which are embedded in the landscapes of South Asia.  Her dissertation explores relating architecture with psychology (titled ‘Animals in Translation) following which she designed a Centre for Animal Assisted Therapy, which she’s currently pursuing to bring to life in the present day. She is devoted to her work and pets, perhaps not as equally as she would like.

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Mallika Shah

Mallika is an actor, playwright, and producer based out of Mumbai. She believes theatre to be a versatile, adventurous, and holistic vehicle of thought through which to discover worlds in detail. Her interests lie in the mundane, in rebellion, pop and youth culture, love, and just about everything else. In her eight years of study and work in the theatre and out, she has trained at the Drama School Mumbai, worked in communications at Antarang Foundation, a youth employability organisation, and has explored different facets of theatre-making with KathaSiyah, Patchworks Ensemble, and Gillo Repertory among other projects. She wrote her first play, I Killed my Mother / It Wasn’t my Fault at Indian Ensemble’s First Draft: Ideas Lab in 2021. Her debut film role was in a historical film which she thinks is pretty cool.

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Mohammed Lehry

Design and Communications

Mohammed Lehry is a founding member and Artistic Director of Coimbatore-based theatre group, DOT Theatre. He is an actor, director and trainer. The focus of his work is to create ground-breaking performances and to mainstream theatre education as a tool for social awareness, development and community building. He founded DOT Theatre with this sole goal in the year 2018. He enjoys teaching and speaking about theatre  but finds himself happiest when he is working with children.

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Nipun Srivastava

Nipun Srivastava (he/they) is an actor-writer who is an alumnus of Drama School Mumbai (Batch of 2019-2020). Prior to being a student of theatre, he worked as a Copywriter in multiple digital agencies, post his graduation from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi (IIMC) in 2017. He has also worked at Alliance India (formerly, India HIV/AIDS Alliance) as Communications Consultant where he contributed to visibility and active collaboration with key populations affected by HIV. He was also associated as a Project Coordinator for Ekalavya, an online acting and theatre initiative by Drama School Mumbai.

Currently,  he is also working as a Social Media Communications Consultant at International Planned Parenthood Federation -South Asia Region.

Besides working as a Communications Consultant,  Nipun is figuring out his voice as a theatremaker, a writer and a performer.

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Phalguni Vittal Rao

Librarian

Phalguni Vittal Rao is an actor, writer/journalist and theatre-creator. She is in search of healing through ensemble-based processes. A recent graduate and an alum of Drama School Mumbai (2019-20), she also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media and a BA in Theatre Studies, Communication and Media, and English from Christ University, Bangalore.

Phalguni has been performing and writing about theatre for the last seven years. She also enjoys movement-based work and wants to delve deeper into physical theatre through Kalaripayattu, dancing, clowning and mask work to find new ways of moving her body. Apart from theatre, Phalguni is an avid reader, pianist, basketball player and aspires to create an empathetic, loving world through her writing and performances.

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Shiva Pathak

Director

Shiva Pathak is an actor, consultant and arts manager. She has worked in the theatre for over 15 years. Her tryst with performing arts began during her college days as an actor and production manager;  she has since, worked on projects with some of India’s leading arts organisations – Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Ranga Shankara and India Foundation for the Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Sandbox Collective and a Trustee of Toto Funds the Arts. She is also an Art Think South Asia Fellow.

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Vishnu Narain

Technology Advisor

Vishnu is a theatre director and dramaturg based out of Bangalore. He has been making theatre in Hindi, Malayalam and English for the last 13 years. He was trained in direction at Indian Ensemble's Directors' Training program and in playwriting at Bhasha Centre's Playwriting program. He was also part of the cohort of dramaturgs at Goethe Institut's Using Dramaturgy Program. His primary pre-occupations alongside theatre are in mathematics, technology and logic, and he approaches theatre as a medium to simulate thought experiments in these areas.

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Vivek Madan

Director

Vivek Madan is an actor and theatre producer based out of Bangalore. In his theatre journey of over twenty years, he has performed in several plays, directed a few and curated two festivals: Writers' Bloc 4 (2016) and the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival (2018). As a producer, his credits include Muktidham, #supernova and Algorithms for Indian Ensemble and Eidgah ke Jinnat for Bhasha Centre. He has also assisted in the production of several radio plays for Goldhawk Productions, UK. Aside from Bhasha Centre, he is a trustee of Indian Ensemble and continues to spearhead several independent, theatre-based projects.