The Junoon People
Our Team

Junoon is the brainchild of Sanjna Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar who have been working together since 2002, and are possessed by the desire to reach theatre and the arts out to more and more people. Luckily, they quickly found other maniacs who saw value in this dream. Today, the Junoon team is a strong mix of people from within the theatre world, and professionals committed to the idea that arts and theatre have to be seeded and nurtured across India. Meet us below, and at our various activities and events. :-)

Sanjna Kapoor
Co-founder & Director. Sanjna spearheads the Arts at Play for Schools programme, loves the sheer energy and excitement of the arts and is brilliant at curating this for eager audiences. She instigated the creation of the India Theatre Forum (ITF) because she was feeling lonely, and is currently part of the core team as well as a core team member and facilitator for SMART - Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. Many of you will remember her for building Prithvi Theatre into a warm, inviting cultural hub, some of you will remember her for her earnest Amul India Show questioning, and some of you apparently loved her in Hero Hiralal - a confession which never fails to embarrass her. She believes in multi-tasking, and will one day possibly achieve being in multiple places at once - so that she can always be with theatre and always be with her son at one and the same time. When you don't find her messing about with the arts, you'll probably find her in the jungles of Africa or scuba-diving in some beautiful ocean somewhere, talking to the manta-rays.
Sameera Iyengar
Co-founder & Director. Sameera spearheads the Mumbai Local programme at Junoon, loves coming up with new concepts to unleash on (mostly unsuspecting!) artists and audiences, is fascinated by the online world and its possibilities for the arts, and in between harangues her team about systems, processes, details and general excellence in everything. She is also currently Course Director for SMART - Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. She was also associated with the India Theatre Forum (ITF) from its inception in 2006 till 2015. Previous but interconnected lives included Director Projects at Prithvi Theatre (2002-2011), freelancer with Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1997-2000), PhD on theatre from University of Chicago (2001) and Bsc in Mathematics with a Minor in Theatre from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When she is not in the office with a glass of cutting chai, Sameera takes endless pictures of her bulldogs, and chats with people who do crazy, wonderful things in the arts to see how they can add to our collective junoon.
Dinesh Roundhal
Office & Production Assistant. Dinesh is our pillar of support for running all our programmes on-ground. Absolutely dependable and ever-smiling, he makes sure everything is always in place as it should be for the programme to run smoothly. He is one of Junoon's earliest members, and has been part of almost every step of our story. As a dahi-handi gymnast who’s also a theatre-lover, it was only natural for Dinesh to veer off the beaten path and dive into something new. Currently, he assists in production and his hunger to learn is only on the rise. We are delighted to whet his appetite in the world of the theatre! When he’s not at Junoon, you will probably find him plotting and planning some delightful escapade with his friends. Oh yes! He also has a thing for mirrors.
Vandana Solanki
Finance Manager, Vandana is the one who makes sure Junoon's finances are in place and Junoon’s leaders are doing their job of raising funds! She completed her MComm from Mumbai University and is currently studying to becoming a CA. With over 8 years of experience in the field, she is more than capable of handling the 'drama' of finance in theatre. And so she does, with a cheerful grin all through. She loves travelling, good food and dogs. And she’s always up for a steaming cup of chai and a satisfying conversation.
Priyanka Ghose
Programme Manager. Priyanka is always smiling, and seems to have a never-run-down battery that keeps her going and going and going. Armed with a B.Sc in Geography from Loreto College, Kolkata, and experience managing a theatre festival in Kolkata, her heart belongs to the arts and she gains no greater pleasure than doing all the nitty gritty work that make the arts happen. Her good humour and team spirit bring a wonderful energy into the Junoon office. She loves children, people in general, sports, dogs, Kolkata Knight Riders and Manchester United. And if you ask her what she truly loves, she will tell you she loves being happy! And add that she loves Roger Federer. We know she also loves putting a smile on everyone’s face.
Savitri Medhatul
Strategy & Operations.
Savitri, with her warm smile, playful attitude, and keen strategic thinking, brings critical thinking for arts organisations to the mix of the Junoon team. With a degree in civil engineering, and post graduation in Social Communication Media, Savitri went on to become a documentary film-maker. She has created and collaborated on various national and international documentary film projects with institutions like University College of London, France 5 Web TV and Nautanki.com. Savitri is also actively involved in the theatre circuit in Mumbai and runs her own production company Kali Billi, which produced the acclaimed ‘Sangeet Bari’ musical. At Junoon, Savitri with her operational skills guides the organisation to achieve long-term objectives to share the wonder of the arts with the world. Savitri loves attending her dance classes, pouncing around with her three cats and cherishes every moment with her 3-year-old son.
Vaibhav Lokur
Programme Coordinator. Vaibhav brings a gentle, patient presence into the sometimes frenetic energy of Junoon. No matter how mad we are all going, he will wait, smile, and then slowly and calmly put his point forward - often exactly the input we need at that moment! Having studied theatre at the Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune he has gone on to research Yakshagana at some length and was a Theatre Awardee of the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation to continue the same. He claims he has joined Junoon to hone his skills and understanding for presenting arts to people, and we have not-so-secret plans to put his natural curiosity and research interests to good use as well! Vaibhav loves music and theatre. A coffee mug and listening to Indian Classical music is his ideal of relaxation. The sea inspires him and mountains and jungles motivate him.
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