Reflections on the Indian stage
Born in 1949, Kirti Jain, is an M.A. in English Literature from Delhi University and has a diploma in Theatre (specialisation in Direction) from the National School of Drama (NSD). She joined NSD in 1977 as Assistant Professor in Indian Theatre History and went on to head the institute as its Director for seven years (1988-1995). During her tenure she initiated the Theatre in Education Company at NSD, its Documentation and Publication Programme and a Regional Resource Centre in Bengaluru. She has directed several plays for NSD and others. Hayavadana (1982), Ashadh ka Ek Din (1980), Lahron ke Rajhans (1992), and Holi (1998), are some notable plays she directed. Her well known directorial work includes Tinka Tinka,Ek Ruka Hua Faisla,Aur Kitne Tukde about the Partition; Kaun Thagwa Nagaria Lootal Ho on globalisation; Sab Kuch Chakachak, a play for young people about displacement; Baghdad Burning, which evolved from a blog on the American invasion of Iraq; and Hamara Shahar Us Baras about the fallout of communal unrest. She has documented the performances and work processes of several Indian theatre directors, with a focus on women directors. She has published articles in theatre anthologies, and is associated with the publication of a Hindi theatre journal. Her most recent publication is an edited volume titled, Badal Sircar: Search for a Language of Theatre, released in November 2016. She is also a member of the editorial board of the theatre journal Studies in Theatre and Performance, published by Exeter University. Additionally, Kirti Jain has contributed essays for the Companion to the Indian Theatre and Oxford Encyclopaedia of Theatre and Performance. She participates in conferences, conducts workshops and gives lectures on theatre, both at the national and international level. She is a founder member of the Board of Trustees of Natarang Pratishthan—a theatre archives and documentation centre. In this capacity she has curated several international conferences and festivals including Poorva—a festival and conference of Asian Women Theatre Directors.
Apart from her contributions to theatre, Kirti Jain also had a short stint in television as a producer. She is engaged in evolving a methodology of drama to be introduced in the school curriculum. A recipient of several awards and felicitations, Kirti Jain was honoured with the B.V. Karanth Smriti Puraskar for her contribution to theatre (2010) and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award for theatre direction (2011).
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