M. V. Narayanan
Professor of English at the University of Calicut, Narayanan has a Ph.D. from University of Exeter, UK, and has taught at the University of Sharjah, Miyazaki International University, Japan, and the University of Calicut. His major areas of research are Cultural Studies, Theatre & Performance, Comparative Performance Studies, and traditional Indian Theatre. His articles appear in international journal, TDR (Theatre Drama Review), Comparative Culture, edited anthologies such as Dance Matters (Routledge), Patronage, Spectacle and the Stage (IFTR), and a number of Indian journals. He has done extensive documentation of Kathakali and Kutiyattam in association with UNESCO, CDiT, VEDIKA and the Centre for the Documentation of Performing Arts, Killimangalam, Thrissur.
An actor, director, and theatre-trainer, graduated from School of Drama & Fine Arts, University of Calicut and done his post graduation from Madurai University. Trained in Kathakali at young age, he is one of the senior directors of Malayalam Theatre. Randu Anthyarangangal, Iruvattom Manavatti, directed by Ramesh are considered as milestone productions of Malayalam Theatre. Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi bestowed ‘Kalasree Puraskaram’ on Ramesh Varma in 2013. Presently he is the Head of Department of Theatre, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
With PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University-Delhi, Diploma in Theatre Production and Stage Management from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) London, Post Graduate Diploma in Design and Direction from National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi, and graduation in Theatre Arts from Calicut University, Kerala, Abhilash Pillai is an accomplished theatre-maker and pedagogue in contemporary Indian theatre and performance art. Abhilash Pillai’s major productions include Survivors (UK, 1999), Saketham (Japan, 2001), Island of Blood and ‘Midnight’s Children’ (Germany, 2006). He has also been involved in international collaborations, including rendition of a section of the Mahabharata with Korean and Chinese actors (Beijing, 2004), along with directing a Sanskrit play ‘Shakuntala’ with Russian actors (Moscow, 2004). Presently he is Asst. Professor at National School of Drama, Delhi.
Artistic Director of Theatre Roots & Wings, graduated from School of Drama & Fine Arts, University of Calicut and specialized in acting at the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI)-Singapore. Quick Death, Sahyande Makan- The Elephant Project, Urubhangam are few of his major productions. His recent works include Shogo Ohta’s The Water Station (2011), and Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken (2012), commissioned by Ibsen International Festival, Delhi. Sankar is also an accomplished trainer and pedagogue and has been visiting faculty at Kuna’uka Theatre Company-Tokyo (2003), Theatre Professionals-Mumbai; Gati Dance Forum-New Delhi; Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts-Bangalore; and Europalia International Arts Festival, Brussels. Sankar was conferred ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ in 2012 by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi. In 2013, his ‘Tribal Ibsen Project’ has been selected for ‘International Ibsen Scholarship’.
Actor, director, researcher and theatre-trainer, Sreejith graduated from School of Drama & Fine Arts, University of Calicut and specialized in acting at Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI)-Singapore. He has done his post graduation in Theatre at MG University, Kerala. Diversely trained under national and international theatre trainers such as Phillip Zarrilli, David Zinder etc. Sreejith was part of the productions of Maya Tungberg, Phillip Zarrilli, Fueda Uichiro, Leela Alaniz, Kok Heng Luen, S. Ramanujam, and Ram Gopal Bajaj, Abhilash Pillai and few others. Among his half a dozen directorial ventures, The Chairs (Eugene Ionesco) and The Museum of Lost Pieces merit most attention. He has also directed a short film, Yakusha Co. Ltd (Japanese). Presently he is Asst. Professor at the School of Drama and Fine Arts, University of Calicut. Since 2011, he is the Technical Director for the prestigious International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK).
Kesavan Nambudiri is involved in theatre since his school and college days. He has wide exposure to the rich and diverse theatre and performance practices of urban and rural India. Since 1998, he is actively involved in theatre in several capacities like documentation, management, and writing. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Festival Coordinator for the International Theatre Festival of Kerala, organized by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, for Department of Culture, Govt. of Kerala. He is Fellow of ‘ARThink SouthAsia’, the South-Asian network of Art Managers.
A person from print and visual media and specialized in art and culture of Kerala, Sasikumar has deeply rooted understanding of local practices and social history with specific reference to performance traditions. He has played a key role in conceptualizing and establishing the International Theatre Festival of Kerala, as its Coordinator since 2009. He is a regular contributor of articles on performance art to major periodical publications in Kerala.