Sunil Pokharel (Nepal)
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.
Kolkata-based critic of Indian art, theatre and film. He has been elected as vice-chairman of National School of Drama in New Delhi. He is also members of the Board of Studies, School of Drama and Film, Allahabad University; Academic Council of the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata.
Dr. Ghulam Murshid (Bangladesh)
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.
Sudipto Chatterjee (Moderator)
I received my PhD in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, under the guidance of Prof. Richard Schechner. After teaching in the United States at Tufts University (Boston) and University of California, Berkeley, I have come to Loughborough with specialisations in the fields of Asian and Asian-American performance and film, post-colonial performance, modern and contemporary performance theory.
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.
RobiThakur – A ballet on the life of Tagore
Tagore’s entire life, starting from early childhood to his matured age, was significantly eventful. Most of it was documented by Tagore himself in his own writings.
Although written in 1890, Tagore’s Sacrifice, a drama in English based on the Bengali play, Bishorjon, is still relevant today. Among the many questions addressed are: “Does the state have the right to control religion?” and “Should blood sacrifice be tolerated in a modern society?” Masks and stylized costumes elevate the dynamic conflicts in this new and poetic translation of a 120-year-old work.