Lockdown Learnings

Friday, 16 October 2020 | 7pm to 8.30pm IST

Key Questions

  • What can and should our venues be to serve the artists, audiences and formats of tomorrow without invalidating, forgetting and replacing those of yesterday?


Anubha Fatehpuria and Vinay Sharma (Padatik Theatre) | India 

Meghdut RoyChowdhury and Nishit Arora (Offbeat CCU) | India 

Integrating the learnings from our previous sessions, we now look to the future, to collectively envision the kinds of possibilities a new performance space can offer, particularly within the Calcutta context. What can we take forward, and what do we leave behind? How has our notion of the performative changed? How should it change?

This session brings together a panel of artists and administrators who run and curate performance venues in the city to discuss how the arts have responded to the pandemic, both at the practical and philosophical level, and how we can reimagine the live experience going forward.


Anubha Fatehpuria

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Anubha Fatehpuria is an actor and architect. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar 2013-14, The Telegraph SHE Awards 2019 and Shyamal Sen Smriti Puraskar 2007, she has worked with stage and screen directors from India and abroad. Trained under late Shyamanand Jalan, she continues to learn the craft with Vinay Sharma. An actor with Padatik Theatre Calcutta since 2002, she is currently Director-Programmes.
Anubha received the Nagpur University Gold Medal for B. Architecture (2001), and interned with Ar. Balkrishna Doshi. Her work is recognised for green practices, and she has a special interest in designing performance spaces.

Vinay Sharma


Vinay Sharma is a veteran actor, theatre director, writer and scenographer active in Calcutta theatre since 1981. He is currently Artistic Director, Padatik.
He has received critical appreciation for leading roles under renowned directors Shyamanand Jalan, Usha Ganguly, Phyllis Bose & Anmol Vellani amongst others. His directorial works have toured India and abroad and been invited to most major Indian theatre festivals. His production of Atmakatha starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda featured at the 8th Theatre Olympics. In 1995 he invited playwright GP Deshpande to collaborate on the play Antim Din through a three way experimental cross-creative process between playwright/director/actors, arguably for the first time in Indian theatre. From 1987-2003 he co-created plays for children at Happy Hours – an institution exploring alternative approaches to education. He is also known for his performance art in installations by the artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar. Plays written & directed by him include Ho sakta hai do aadmi do kursiyaan, Camera obscuras, Yahan, Diversion slash just joking and most recently (2020) – DOSH– a play about the effects of obedience to authority. Since 2018 he has performed the much acclaimed Solo Act Mark Twain: Live in Bombay written by Canadian playwright Gabriel Emanuel.
Vinay was shortlisted for the TLM New Writing Award 2006 and The Bridport International Poetry Prize 2017.

Meghdut Roy Chowdhury


Meghdut RoyChowdhury is an entrepreneur, public speaker, startup mentor, music producer, community builder and a social changemaker on a mission to redefine the future of education. He started his first entrepreneurial venture, a music recording studio by the name of BlooperHouse Studios, at the age of 19, which has till date produced more than 2000 albums and artists from across the world.
As someone who refers to himself as a lifelong un-learner delving deep into disrupting the mediocre, Meghdut went on to curate Offbeat CCU, an interdisciplinary school for the future of education in India & Topcat CCU, Kolkata’s go to hub for independent music scenes, musicians and artists.

Nishit Arora

Nishit Arora is the founder and director of Smoke Inc. an events and arts management company.
Founded in 2010, Smoke Inc. designs and produces independent properties for original live music, electronic music, arts, performance and culture.Some of the IPs that Smoke Inc has created in collaboration in the last decade include Jamsteady, Thursday Jazz Encounter, CalBunka, Smoke Sync, Big Sunday and #yourlocalscene. Nishit along with his team at Smoke Inc. manages the curation, programming and production of music, arts and performances for venues like Topcat CCU, Skinny Mos Jazz Club, Phoenix at Astor Hotel and other venues that support and promote independent & alternative culture in the city of Kolkata. Nishit’s alter ego #smokesignal in his DJ sets, makes sure to send out some bass heavy signals into the world, every once in a while. Nishit strongly believes in building scenes, old school charm and aliens.