Vikram Iyengar is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and performing arts researcher, manager and curator based in Calcutta. Trained in kathak by Padmashree Smt. Rani Karnaa, Vikram is co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan and initiator of The Pickle Factory. His range of production work has brought together dancers, actors and others, and spans choreography for stage and film, dance and theatre explorations, and performance collaborations. Vikram’s international credits include choreographer for Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s film, Shadows in Time and co-choreographer on Helena Waldmann’s Faust prize nominated piece Made in Bangladesh. Since 2013, he works regularly with contemporary dancer-choreographer Preethi Athreya on solo and group projects.
An INLAKS scholar with an MA in Performing Arts from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Vikram has taught Asian and Intercultural Theatre at BA and MA levels in the UK and has been a guest lecturer and presenter at several other institutions in India and abroad.
An ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow, 2013-2014, Vikram is a Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), 2017 a member of Creative Tracks, an international platform connecting arts entrepreneurs, and one of the five Asia Pacific delegates in the Australia Arts Councils International Arts Leaders programme, 2017-2018. In 2015, he was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the field of contemporary dance by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Early in her career, Ruchira Das decided to leave the corporate world to follow her heart and work with the arts. After 15 years of working with various arts organisations across India, in different capacities, she founded Think Arts in December 2013 to facilitate high quality, transformative arts events for children and young adults. Based in Kolkata, Think Arts works towards bringing a diverse programme of literary, visual art, dance, theatre to children and young people in several cities across India. It has collaborated with over 20 national and international companies reaching over 30000 people through its work in schools, heritage spaces, museums, galleries and theatres.
Ruchira regularly works with educational and arts organisations across India as a freelance artist and consultant. She is currently working as an artist with Hamdasti’s Chitpur Local II and is a core group member of Pickle Factory – a one of its kind dance and movement venue in Kolkata.
She has been a participant at various international forums like the Atelier for Young Festival Managers, Edinburgh (2014), NRW International Visitors Programme, Germany (2017), International Arts Leaders Programme, Australia (2017-18). She is an ARThink South Asia Fellow (2015) and a Global Fellow at ISPA (2016 & 2018).
A recipient of the Nagpur University Gold Medal (2001) for Bachelors in Architecture, Anubha Fatehpuria interned at Ar. Balkrishna V Doshi’s SANGATH (Ahmedabad), after which she worked under Ar. Dulal Mukherjee (Kolkata). Practicing independently since 2002, she was an in-house consultant architect with a real estate firm in Kolkata from 2003 to 2011. Since 2011 she heads her own design studio working on projects including performing arts centres, residences, cafes, and wellness centres. She was visiting faculty for Design at the Architecture Department, Jadavpur University.
As an actress, Anubha has performed to both critical and popular acclaim at various festivals in India and abroad. She received the Sangeet Natak Academy’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2013-14) and Shyamal Smriti Puraskar (2007) for theatre acting. She has worked with renowned theatre directors like Habib Tanvir, Shyamanand Jalan, Rajinder Nath, Alyque Padamsee, Jayant Kripalani, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Vinay Sharma, Vikram Iyengar, John Britton (UK) and Wlodzimierz Staniewski (Poland). She was a core group member with Ranan (2002–2013) and Executive Co-director at Padatik Theatre (2010–2016).
Anubha has also received training in Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kalaripayayittu, Fine Arts and Classical Vocal, and has acted in films for directors like Aparna Sen, Bishnu Dev Haldar and Marcel Odenbach (Germany).
Dana Roy has worked with theatre in schools for the past 15 years, reaching out to children and young people through schools, workshops, performances and by creating and curating arts outreach programmes for schools.
An actor, singer, physical performer, director, production person, she has worked with many theatre companies, including Tin Can, The Red Curtain, and was a core group member of Ranan as well as part of its dance-theatre repertory for 6 years. While with Ranan she created and co-ordinated the Ranan SchoolConnect arts engagement programme. She is now associated with Mahadevi Birla World Academy teaching drama and music. Dana is part of the Lai-Roy directorial team that creates major school musicals in Kolkata schools, and a core group member of Think Arts.
She has collaborated on a project with the Royal Shakespeare Company called Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom, representing India in the Worlds Together Conference in London. Her work with children has travelled to Hongkong for the Shakespeare4All Gala, and she was later invited to the UNESCO Drama in Education Asia Pacific Conference by AFTEC. She is a graduate of SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre), an initiative by India Theatre Forum. In May 2016 she was selected as Next Generation artist for ASSITEJ International’s Theatre for Young Audiences Festival and Congress, South Africa.