People
  • Anurupa Roy

    Anurupa Roy is a puppeteer, puppet designer and director of the puppet theater. Puppeteer Anurupa Roy views puppetry as not "manipulating dolls with strings" but an amalgam of plastic and performing arts where sculptures, masks, figures, materials, found objects and narratives come together with music, movement, physicality and theater to create the theater where humans and puppets are co actors. She started at her group Katkatha in 1998 which was registered as the Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust 2006.  She has directed over 15 shows for children and adults ranging from the Ramayana and Mahabharata to Shakespearean comedy to the Humayun-nama. The puppets used by the group range from 3 inches to forty feet. The shows have toured across Europe, Japan and South Asia. A major aspect of her work is using puppets for psycho-social interventions in conflict areas like Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Manipur to Juvenile Remand homes. She has worked with youth and women across the country using puppets to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and gender issues. She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar ine Puppetry(2006). She has been a visiting faculty at the University of California Los Angeles an Artists in Residence at Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.

  • Bikram Ghosh

    Actor and storyteller based in New Delhi. He is a founding member and Company Manager for the Tadpole Repertory, one of Delhi's most prominent theatre groups. He is also a coordinator for the Looking Glass Project, a workshop initiative for children and adults focused on spreading the practice of theatre as a means of recreation and healthy living. He also manages, writes and directs for NDLS, Tadpole's ongoing sketch-comedy revue about life in Delhi and the NCR. His last few productions as an actor include Tadpole's Mouse, Good Hands (a monologue)/ The Winter's Tale, Still And Still Moving, Gruesome Playground Injuries, A Brief History of the Pantomimes and in collaboration with Head Start House of Montessori (Bangalore), Bends & Flows, a play for toddlers. In his life outside the theatre, he occasionally writes short stories for children.

  • Neel Chaudhuri

    Playwright and director based in New Delhi. He is a Founder and the Artistic Director of The Tadpole Repertory. Neel studied history and film and spent a year working in Berlin before returning to India to work in the theatre. He was the Artistic Director of The First City Theatre Foundation from 2006 to 2009 where he wrote and directed his first five plays. His plays include Godspeed, winner of the TFA Award for Creative Writing, Taramandal, winner of the MetroPlus Playwright Award, and Still and Still Moving. Neel has been involved in Delhi's campus theatre circuit as a guest director and mentor to college theatre groups. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab and PLUTO, an international collective of theatre directors. He is a recipient of the 2014 Vinod Doshi Fellowship from the Sahitya Rangabhoomi Pratishthan. Since 2011, Neel has programmed and helped to run Downstairs, an underground performance venue in Delhi. He has recently joined to team of SMART to help in the areas or research and outreach.

  • Orijit Sen

    Graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. He studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

    He is one of the founders of People Tree - a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople that has grown since its inception in 1990 into a widely regarded design studio and store associated with the promotion of innovative hand work, creative community building and social and ecological advocacy. Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Tree's in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa.

    Orijit started collecting and drawing comics in his early teens, and has been deeply involved with the development of comics and graphic novels in India. His pioneering work "River of Stories" (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered to be India's first graphic novel. He is a co-founder of the Pao Collective of graphic artists, and a key figure behind the award winning "Pao: The Anthology of Comics#1" (Penguin 2012). His comics and graphic art have been published internationally.

    Between 2009 and 2011, Orijit conceptualized-and led a team that executed-one of the world's largest hand-painted murals, installed at the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Orijit is Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, where he has initiated an experimental arts research project entitled "Mapping Mapusa Market Project" involving students, educationists and artists.

    He is currently also engaged in an Indo-Palestinian project on cultural resistance in collaboration with theatre artists.

    Projects and Exhibitions

    The Pao Collective - Sen is one of the five founders of The Pao Collective. Founded in 2009, the collective aims to "support comics as a medium and a culture in India. Originally, they imagined establishing an outpost of sorts for comics culture in Delhi, from which they could reach out to and support creators in other cities and areas around the country." PAO: the Anthology of Comics Volume 1 published by Penguin India in 2012 won the 2nd Comic Con India Awards 2012 in the best graphic anthology category.

    A Place In Punjab - 5 storey-high "walk-through mural experience" that takes the visitor through sights and insights of Punjabi life at the Virasat-e-Khalsa in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Sen conceived this mural project and worked with 13 collaborators to execute it. It opened in November 2011. The multimedia museum Virasat-e-Khalsa in which Sen's mural creationis located was designed by renowned Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie.

    Mapping Mapusa Market As the Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, Sen initiated Mapping Mapusa Market. It brings together "artists, designers, writers, teachers, students and interested members of the public to explore and document the complex life of the Mapusa Market in Goa from a variety of perspectives- illustrations, photographs, videos and interviews. The project looked at how a historical market evolved and how it is coping with the challenges of globalisation, consumerism and supermarket and mall culture".

    The Fabric of India at the Victoria and Albert Museum London

    From Punjab, with Love at Surrey Art Gallery, North Surrey, Canada - a digital reproduction of Sen's famous 75 metre long fibreglass and acrylic mural at the Moshe Safdie designed Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Anandpur Sahib, India.

    Imposters an exhbition of screen printed posters at Galleryske, Bengaluru, India

  • Smita Vats

    Smita is the Founder and currently the Director at ITIHAAS. She founded ITIHAAS is 2004 when heritage education was not even in its nascent stages. Smita went on to create a committed team who trained themselves in being the pioneers of heritage education in the country today. She did her schooling in Delhi and studied psychology at college. Her masters was in film making, which was her full time profession for 18 years before starting ITIHAAS. Her roots are in theatre, which she is still passionate about. Her varied skills, her experience and her passion bring to ITIHAAS an energy and ideology which is unique . Smita has built ITIHAAS as the leading organisation today, which propogates heritage as a knowledge resource for people and not just as a tourism prospect.

  • Vandana Shiva

    Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate, is the Director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. She serves as an ecology advisor to several organizations including the Third World Network and the Asia Pacific People's Environment Network. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". A contributing editor to People-Centered Development Forum, she has also written several works include, "Staying Alive," "The Violence of the Green Revolution," "Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge," "Monoculutures of the Mind" and "Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit," as well as over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Shiva participated in the nonviolent Chipko movement during the 1970s, whose main participants were women. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the anti-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her book "Vedic Ecology" that draws upon India's Vedic heritage. Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering. In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. Her book, "Staying Alive" helped redefine perceptions of third world women. Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non governmental organisations, including the International Forum on Globalisation, the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network.