Acclaimed Indian stage director Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry is on campus for a week-long residency with the College of Arts + Architecture’s Theatre Department. Based in Chandigarh, India, Chowdhry is chair of the Department of Indian Theatre at Panjab University. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2003 for theatre direction and the Ford Foundation Award from 1993 to 1997. Her residence is funded through a Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Grant.
In addition to intensive work with theatre students throughout the residency, Chowdhry will give the public lecture “Beyond Bollywood: Engaging the Art and Performance of Contemporary India” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in the Black Box Theater in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Department of Dance faculty member Takiyah Amin and Department of Art lecturer Indrani Gall will participate in the panel. A reception and Indian dance performance are part of this free, public event.
Chowdhry is the creator of the theatre group "The Company,” which creates theatre that fuses source material with a performance style grounded in Punjabi aesthetics.Her work has been presented in major national and international theatre festivals, such as Sadlers Wells (2009), Festival d’Avignon (1995), LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre, 1993-1995-1997), Perth, Canberra (2000), Tokyo and Kyoto (2004-2007), Pakistan (2004-2005-2006), Dubai (2003), Singapore (2001) and Germany (2003). From 1980 to present, she has given lectures internationally on theatre and contemporary India. Her latest publication is “My Life in Theatre.”