He is a performer and scholar, who was trained in Literature with BA and MA from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira College (University of Calcutta) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi respectively. After MA, he went on to pursue his area of research in Theatre and Performance Studies at School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. While doing his M.Phil he joined academics and taught Literature for three years first as guest and then as Adhoc faculty at various degree colleges at Delhi University including Lady Shri Ram College for Women. His M.Phil dissertation was about the initiation of a fresh approach towards the concept and definition of people’s art in India, mapping the north east part of India from early days of IPTA to the contemporary political concerns.
At present, he is working on his doctoral thesis that broadly concern the convergences and divergences between theatre historiography, aesthetics of the oppressed, performativity, displaced population, idea of community, citizenship and identity, with special reference to Independence movement in India, Partition of Bengal and Caste question. In this project, he proposes to examine the idea of Performance as Kinesis, and the possibilities of writing histories from corporealities of the minoritarian perspectives, where mostly the absence of written sources facilitates one to approach history from the embodied lived experiences of performance.
He is also a visual artist with a Shilpa-Visharad in Fine Arts from Sarbabharatiya Sangeet-O-Sanskriti Parishad, Calcutta and is also associated with Bahroop Arts Group, New Delhi for the last six years in various capacities.
As a future project, he is planning to look at national memorials in India associated with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi as ‘sites’ where national mourning is performed for the tourists in a bid to re-enact the trauma of nation’s violent history. Once again, what is of interest in the ritualization of these secular historical figures in contemporary theatre, where the national memory is enacted through the ritualized memory in form of mourning. A sense of loss binds people of nation together in a kind of bond, with a potential for the creation of a political unconscious.
Keywords that define his research and scholarly interests:Aesthetics and Theatre of the Oppressed, Aurality, Corporeality and Visuality in Performance, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Comparative Performance Studies, Cultural Policy, Performance Theory, Political Theology, Theatre Historiography, Traditional and Popular South Asian Performance.
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