Anamika Haksar

Anamika Haksar in the 1976-79 did her B.A. (History Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, in 1979-82 graduated...

Theatre of Metaphor and Meaning

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
~ W.B. Yeats, poet

How does a theatre maker evolve her expression from local and global contexts? How does her social thinking impact the choices she makes? And how does she reach out to us, her audience, with an expression that is new and startling to our senses?

As India moved towards independence and attained it, a key concern of artists and intellectuals as well as the newly-founded Indian State was cultural expression. What were the expressions that were Indian - that truly reflected us? This question has remained a compelling one for us over time. We moved from an obsession with what we called the classical arts to a fascination with folk forms to a generation of Indian urbanites who searched for an expression that could express their contemporary reality. Through all of this, in typical Indian fashion, we have created worlds and cultures that co-exist - some pulling on expressions deeply rooted in the past and yet vibrantly alive today, while other expressions are born and embraced literally yesterday.

We are delighted to invite Anamika Haksar - theatre director and producer - to Mumbai Local. She will take us through her journey with theatre - from being a student at National School of Drama highly influenced by BV Karanth and his experiments with bringing folk expression into theatre, to her sojourn at the state institute of theatrical arts Moscow, called GITIS where she was introduced to a rigorous theatre pedagogy and practice, to her return to India keen to create a theatre of metaphor and meaning that spoke to the contemporary reality she experienced, right up to her current preoccupation with solidarity and people.

Look forward to an evening rich with learning and cultural context, ideas and ideologies of theatre - an evening where we engage with how to think making theatre that is closely intertwined with one's social thinking and desire.

We look forward to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. And as always, a request - please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us spread the inspiration!

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Anamika Haksar in the 1976-79 did her B.A. (History Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, in 1979-82 graduated from NSD (National School of Drama), New Delhi under Mr. B.V. Karanth. In the year 1982-88, Anamika completed the State Institute of Theatrical Arts, Moscow (USSR), and specialized in Direction where she received the 'Diploma of Excellence in Theatre Direction'. In 1995, Anamika was given the Sanskriti award for contribution to new theatre language. Thereafter in 2013, Anamika excelled in the Film Direction course from Digital Academy, Mumbai. Anamika has also worked in the Kochi Muziris Biennale. She did an installation on work based on Namdeo Dhasal poem water. Anamika has also worked for four years with Badal Sircar.

Debut Short Film Directed:

  • "Pagdandi" - 2013

Assisted Ein LaL a Sri Lankan documentary film maker to make a film on Womens Poetic Expression.

Acted in a documentary on "STRESS": BINA PAUL's student film.

Also acted in a film by Ein Lal on Shubha Mudgal.

Trained actors for Kabir Mohanty film: "And now I feel I don't know anything"

Trained actors for Nalni Desai: "SANSARA"

Trained actors for Manish Tiwari: "Ishaaq"

Trained actors for Sabiha Samara: "Khamosh Pani"

Extensive interview with my guru shri B.V. Karanth for Natrang Documentation.

Theatre Direction:
1988 Moscow, Ensemble of plastic drama: "Reminiscences of Krishna" - 1st Indo-Soviet Theatrical Production brought to India in Indo - USSR Festival. Performed in all major cities of USSR and INDIA.

1989 Viy, an Experiment with Gogol, Travelled to Chandigarh and Bombay. This was produced by NIRAKAR.

1989 Khilona Children's Repertory: In collaboration with V.K. Sharma 'Grahon ki Kahani Grahon Ki Zubani'. Based on our solar system. Performed in over 40 schools in Delhi.

1989 Dakghar written by Tagore with Shri Ram Centre Repertory Company.

1990 Vivek ka Toota Sapna: Play based on Goya the Spanish Painter's black period in painting.

1991 Bharatendu Natya Academy. 'The Great Coat'- A story by Gogol.

1992 Antaryatra: Based on SILLAPADIKARAM - A Tamil Epic. For the first time in North India.

1994 Raj Darpan first time documentation of the repressive Dramatic Performance Act of 1876 with NSD students (Batch 94)and NSD collaboration.

1995 Street Play: Wazirpur ki kahani on the steel utensils factory and labors conditions.

1996 Secret Garden: For Children - English

1997 Hooriya Produced by NIRAKAR

1998 Kisi Shaam Yun Hi: About the conflicting values of two generations. By Sanjay Chauhan.

2000 'Riders to the Sea-Synge' in Lady Shri Ram College.

2003 Baavala an adaptation of Dostoevsky's 'Idiot' First time on Indian, Stage in Hindustani.

2005 Nireeksha - Kerala - 'Mother' Scene work.

2006 Banglore - Rafeeqi - 'Dreams'.

2008 Uchakka - Marathi Autobiography by Lakshman Gaekwad.


  • Scenario of "Reminiscences of Krishna"
  • Adaptation of Gogols (Ukrainian writer) Stories into plays:

RAJ DARPAN - collaboration work

2 Film Scripts: "Ghode ko Jalebi khilane le ja riya hu!"

Teaching: Visiting Lecturer
NSD, Teaching Direction and Acting; Formulated a new syllabus and approach to teaching direction and evolved methods of exploring Stanislavsky in an Indian context. 1990-96

BNA, Teaching Direction and Acting.

Kalina Mumbai University, Teaching Direction 2004

Academic Council Member NSD 2009-12

Workshop conducted:
For National School of Drama: Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore, etc.
Urdu Academy Bangalore
Sangeet Natak Academy: Delhi
Sri Lanka: 3 week 
Bhartendu Natya Academy lucknow
Punjabi University Patiala
Lady Shri Ram Collage
Anchal: For mentally challenged children
Kerala Club: Kerala
Evam workshop, Mumbai
Theatre Academy Goa
National Institute of Design

Participated Festivals:

2 years training in vocal music under Dipali Nag Chaudhary.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
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