Reflections on the Indian stage
After studying History of Art from Panjab University, NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY joined the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She later started working in Rang Mandal at Bhopal’s multi arts complex Bharat Bhavan, in 1979. She came to Chandigarh in 1984 and started her own theatre group, The Company. She also taught at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, and is presently Professor Emeritus. She created a way of combining traditional folk performers called the Naqqals along with actors from Chandigarh. She has presented her plays at numerous national and international theatre festivals. Her group has performed for The London International festival of theatre, Uzbekistan festival of theatre, Festival d’ Avignon (France), festival of Perth, the Singapore arts festival, Japan Foundation of the Arts in Tokyo and Kyoto, Kampanagal festival in Hamburg, to name a few. Her significant plays include Yerma, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Phaedra, Naga-Mandala,Blood Wedding, KitchenKatha, The Suit,The Wife’s Letter, and Dark Borders. She staged most of these plays in Punjabi that have been translated by the eminent poet Surjit Patar. She has received several honours like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2003) and the Padma Shri (2011).
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