Free Storytelling Session with Theatre Nisha: April 3, 2022 | Sunday
An invitation for children to congregate, craft and perform stories with V. Balakrishnan
An invitation for children congregate, craft and perform our narratives, our realities, and share our stories. To gather to inspire and get inspired by our peers, confront and explore, embody and articulate. Come, join us in this communion of storytelling.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Meeting point: The Hub, Egmore Museum Campus
About the facilitator:
V. Balakrishnan, an alumnus of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (New Delhi) and the National School of Drama (New Delhi), is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Nisha (Chennai) that has staged over 120 plays in the past 21 years in over 15 international, national and regional theatre festivals. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship to attend an International Residency for Young Directors with the Royal Court Theatre, London. In his career as a theatre artist, he has directed over 200 plays, acted in over 150 plays and written over 10 scripts. He has worked with several international dancers and theatre professionals on collaborative projects, including Performance Group Tuida, from South Korea. He has to his credit several workshops on different aspects of theatre, which have benefitted artists, teachers, dancers, students, and members of marginalised communities.
In 2017, he was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching (FDAT) and returned having completed a 4-month inquiry-based project from Indiana University. In 2018, the Rotary Club of Madras East conferred the Dronacharya Award on him for his contributions to theatre education. In 2019, he won the Hindu Playwright Award for his play Sordid which premiered at Natarani Amphitheatre in March 2020. His latest play - Arundhati, a homage to Girish Karnad, was shortlisted for the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Award 2020. He is empanelled as a Director with the ICCR, and was selected for the Singapore Arts for Good Fellowship (2019-2020).