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Ni­ether a mas­ter’s de­gree from the National In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Trichy nor the lure of a job at Sonata Soft­ware in Ban­ga­lore could keep Ab­hishek away from the stage. He went on to en­roll for the­atre per­son­al­ity Ma­hesh Dat­tani’s play­wright’s course and was ac­cepted on a schol­ar­ship.

FIRST STEP Since 2009, he has been at the helm of the­atre or­gan­i­sa­tion In­dian En­sem­ble which is not only a pro­duc­tion house for plays in sev­eral lan­guages, but also of­fers train­ing pro­grammes. The same year, the group re­ceived the Robert Bosch Arts Grant to pro­duce The After­life of Birds which opens in De­cem­ber. In­dian En­sem­ble’s

Tread­mill, a mem­ory play about the pace of life in big cities, and Rizwaan, based on the po­etry of Kash­miri poet, Aga Shahid Ali have been se­lected to be part of the first fes­ti­val of In­dian con­tem­po­rary the­atre in Paris in 2012. A TASTE OF FAME His English play Har­les­den High Street that ex­plores the themes of home, iden­tity and is­sues of im­mi­gra­tion, won the 2010 Metro­plus Play­wright Award, hosted by The Hindu. Con­tact: ma­jum­dar.ab­hishek@gmail.com

“Each time I want to learn more about some­thing, I do a play on it. The­atre is like univer­sity.”

sec­ond opinion “He has such a great en­ergy of get­ting young­sters to­gether, of lead­ing a team.” ARUNDHATI NAG, FOUNDER, RANGA

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