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Sunil Pokharel  *  Samik Bandyopadhyay * Ghulam Murshid * Manav Kaul * 


Sunil Pokharel (Nepal)

Director, Aarohan Theatre Group

BiographyRichard Schechner

During the last 22 years Mr. Pokharel has been active in the cultural life of Nepal. He has directed and acted in theatre, television, film, radio and has been taking initiative to street theatre and plays in the Nepali villages. Pokharel has directed more than 30 plays by both Nepali writers and international classics as Sofokles, Moliere, Sartre, Camus, Kinoshita, Brecht, etc.

From 1988 to 1991 Sunil Pokharel received a grant from the Ashoka organisation to develop the project Social Use of Theatre. During three years in addition to the regular theatre performances in Kathmandu he conducted drama workshops outside the capital and developed his experience in the social use of theatre. Aarohan has also provided training to NGOs so that these institutions would use theatre to attract attention and in order to get the inhabitants in the community to take part in the theatre. Sunil Pokharel is secretary general of the Nepali division of International Theatre Institute (ITI)


Samik Bandyopadhyay (India)

Theater and film Critic
Amal Allana

Samik Bandyopadhyay (b. 1940). MA, English Literature, Calcutta University, 1961. Junior Research Fellow, Anthropological Survey of India 1962-64. Lecturer, Departments of English Literature and Drama, Rabindra Bharati University 1966-73. Regional Editor, Oxford University Press, Calcutta, 1973-82. Editor, Seagull Books, 1982-88. Producer Emeritus, All India Radio and Doordarshan, 1989-92. Research Professor, Asiatic Society, Calcutta, 1995-97. Co-opted Member, General Council, Sangeet Natak Akademi (2 consecutive terms) and Central Board of Film Certification (2 terms). Member, 14-Member Indian Delegation to the East-West Theatre Seminar organized by the International Theatre Institute, New Delhi 1966. Panelist at seminars on Indian Theatre as part of Festivals of India in USSR (Tashkent 1987) and Germany (Berlin 1992). Vice-Chairman, National School of Drama (2006-2010), Member, National School of Drama Society (2010-).

Lectured extensively in the USA, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England; gave a series of lectures on Indian cinema, Pittsburgh University 1988; a seminar on Indian Culture, Brown University, Providence 1990; and the Donald Charlton lecture, organized by the Humanities Research Centre at Warwick University, November 2010.

Has translated plays and fiction by Badal Sircar and Mahasweta Devi; contributed introductions to plays by Vijay Tendulkar, Mahesh Elkunchwar, G P Deshpande, Satish Alekar; and reconstructed for publication filmscripts for films made by Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen.

Contributed several essays in numerous film and theatre periodicals in English and Bengali. Has interviewed Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Mahasweta Devi, Richard Attenborough, Natalie Sarraute, Salman Rushdie, Derek Malcolm, Reinhard Hauff, etc. for Film Society periodicals and All India Radio and Doordarshan [National Television]; several of these later included in books.

Founder-Editor, Thema, a small publisher based in Calcutta; Visiting Faculty at annual film appreciation course organized by the National Film Archives of India and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune; Visiting Fellow (Professor), School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.


Dr. Ghulam Murshid (Bangladesh) Ghulam Murshid

Eminent Scholar of Bengali Literature

Eminent Bangladeshi author, scholar and journalist, based in London, England. Previously, Dr Murshid was a professor of Bengali literature at the University of Rajshahi and a radio journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. He also held teaching and research positions with Bangladesh Agricultural University and University of Melbourne. He is currently a research associate with the department of the language and culture of South Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,[1] and an occasional commentator for Voice of America. He is a renowned scholar on the literature, history, culture and society of Bengal. He writes in both Bengali and English. He has a unique lucid and accessible style of writing which distingishes him from many other leading authors in South Asia. He is the author of a number of well-known, pathbreaking studies , including Lured by Hope (Oxford University Press), The Heart of the Rebel Poet (Oxford University Press), and The Reluctant Debutante.,[2][3] Kalantare Bangla gadya : aupanibeika amale gadyera rupantara, Kalapanir Hatchani: Bilete Bangalir Itihas, and Muktijuddha O Tarpor: Ekti Nirdolio Itihash. In recognition of his creative achievements, he received a number of top literary awards from both India and Bangladesh.These awards include the prestigious Bangla Academy award, a literary award given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh to recognize the overall contribution to the Bengali language and literature.


Manav Kaul Manav Kaul

Hindi playwright and director

Manav Kaul is today, one of Hindi theatre's most promising playwrights and directors. A Kashmiri from Madhya Pradesh, Manav came to Mumbai ten years ago, and acted in plays—many of them by Satyadev Dubey. He made his movie debut in Jajantaram Mamantaram, and after a couple of films, started concentrating on theatre, setting up his group aRANYA with like-minded friends.The first play Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane starring his friend Kumud Mishra was greatly appreciated, the second Peele Scooterwala Aadmi won him the best playwright trophy at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards. These were followed by Bali Aur Shambhu, Ilhaam, Aisa Kehte Hain, Park and Red Sparrow. He has been invited by the organizers of a world-wide theatre confluence in New York held at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts.




SATF 2011 will be held at NJPAC, New Jersey on November 12th and 13th, 2011



Venue NJPAC – Victoria Theater
12th November 2011

7:00pm - Door Opens

7:30pm - Event Starts
Chhandayan, New Jersey

13th November 2011

2:30pm - Door Opens

3:00pm - Epic Actors’ Workshop, New Jersey

5:00pm - Post performance discussion




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