Pickle Factory is about the live performance experience and the spaces that host them. It responds to the lack of infrastructure and support systems for performance in India, and comes out of a felt need - a need to fill the void for a home for dance and movement practice in a country that boasts innumerable movement expressions.

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We are an artist led company, working with artists, audiences and often self-generated support systems to build a diverse dance-curious community, connecting to larger conversations of arts and society.


Across the founding members of the company, our core team, associates and advisors we are a multidisciplinary and multifaceted family.
Our backgrounds include dance (of course), theatre, music, film, literature, graphic design, arts administration, engineering, public relations and marketing, production management, project management, corporate management, architecture, accounting, sport, education, social entrepreneurship and more.
Between the founding members and core team, we have several decades of experience in working in the performing arts sector in India and abroad.

Among us are ARThink South Asia (ATSA) Arts Management Fellows, International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellows, Australian International Arts Leadership Programme alumni, Strategic Management for the Art of Theatre (SMART) alumni, International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) International Next Gen alumni, and national awardees of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar.

Meet us!

PF Advisors

Anjana Saha

Calcutta: Educationist; Principal of Mahadevi Birla World Academy

Laily Thompson

Laily Thompson

Calcutta / London: Social entrepreneur with a focus on arts and wellness; Founder of Kult X

Preethi Athreya

Chennai: Contemporary dancer and choreographer

Dhruv Bhalla

Dhruv Bhalla

Calcutta: Corporate leader; Group Head, International Relations and Brand Communication, SREI

Malavika Banerjee

Malavika Banerjee

Calcutta: Entrepreneur; Director, Gameplan and Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

Sunil Shanbag

Sunil Shanbag

Mumbai: Theatre director and producer; Artistic Director, Tamashaa Theatre

Pickle Factory Dance Foundation, Calcutta is a not-for-profit
company registered under Section 8 of The Companies Act, 2013.
The company was incorporated on 12 July 2017.

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