Maya Krishna Rao

Maya Krishna Rao is a theatre artist and teacher. Her shows range from dance theatre to cross-media collaborations to comedy. She is her own performer, writer and director. Some of her celebrated performances include, ‘Khol Do’, ‘The Job’, ‘A Deeper Fried Jam’ and ‘Heads Are Meant For Walking Into’, ‘Ravanama’. ‘Walk’ was created in response to the tragic incident of gang rape and death of Jyoti Singh in 2012.  Her latest piece, ‘Loose Woman’, explores the extent to which a woman can stretch and redefine herself.

Her shows have travelled all over the world and in India and have been received with critical acclaim. 

Maya has taught acting for many years the National School of Drama, Delhi. Till recently, she was a professor at Shiv Nadar University where she designed the post-graduate diploma programme – TEST – Theatre for Education and Social Transformation – the first of its kind in any institute of higher education in India.

She continues to conduct workshops in the use of arts as a teaching-learning methodology.

Loose Woman

Loose Woman is the travels of a woman through and across media. What makes her loose is as much to do with the world around her, to the stuff that flows within her and, as mediated by, conjured, coaxed and driven by different mediums – theatre, sound, and camera.

The show, Loose Woman, has travelled across different kinds of spaces. It started out in a theatre where a performer, a sound designer, and a singer, through a series of improvisations, ‘looked for her’ in different places, in different manifestations. These stories were given an episodic form. We see her at home getting ready for office and then, on a whim, stepping out of her cab and disappearing altogether. We catch up with her way past midnight playing ball alone on the national highway– she needs the stillness of the night to talk to herself. 

In ‘Dancer’ she discovers what it means to not walk the straight and narrow but to ‘side-step’. ‘The Line’ jolts her into the realization of how precious her own looseness is. And so on. The very ground beneath her seems to shift when she reacts with objects and characters from our world. Even Gandhi enters her world…

Maya Krishna Rao at Widening Circles: Pickle Factory Season 2

6 November 2019


Loose Woman

Gem Cinema, 6.45pm
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Followed by Critical Responses facilitated discussion

Entry Rs. 300

7 November 2019

Artist Talk/ Interaction

Ranjabati Memorial Lecture

Vivekananda Hall, Jadavpur University, 3pm

Open to all

7 November 2019

Artist Interaction

Maya Krishna Rao in conversation with Rustom Bharucha

Daga Nikunj, 6.30 pm

Open to all

8 – 9 November 2019


Stretching the Imagination

Mrittika, Dancer’s Guild, Salt Lake 10.30 am to 4 pm

Purchase a Pickle Pass, and get access to 6 performances for Rs. 1,500/-: Maya Krishna Rao, Compagnie 7273, Urvi Vora, Vaishnavi Mannava, David Carberry, Anurupa Roy