Amal is the Director of Art Heritage, and a Trustee of the Alkazi Foundation of the Arts. As a renowned theatre director, she has directed over 60 productions including Nati Binodini, Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother, Sonata, King Lear, Himmat Mai, Begum Barve, Mahabhoj etc.
As Chairperson of the National School of Drama (2005-2013), she led the nation’s premier theatre academy towards new international connections through dialogue and exchange. Earlier Allana headed the Department of Indian Theatre, Chandigarh, established theatre companies in Mumbai and Delhi (The Workshop, Studio 1 and Theatre and Television Associates) and set up a school to impart theatre training (The Dramatic Art and Design Academy).
Amal is a versatile personality, who writes extensively on art and theatre and is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Direction.
Lillette Dubey is a renowned Indian film and theatre actor and a theatre director.
She has been the Artistic Director of her own theatre company – The Primetime Theatre Company, for over 26 years and her theatrical work has travelled all over the globe to much acclaim. She has performed in over 50 films and won several Best Actress awards for her plays and films in national and International Festivals.
Lillette has pioneered the platforming of original Indian writing in English, showcasing some of India’s most outstanding Playwrights.
Lillette is on the Expert Committee for Theatre for the Culture Ministry, curates the theatre section of the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa and is a trustee of the dance village Nrityagram.
Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry
Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry has a M.A. in the History of Arts as well as a diploma from the National School of Drama. In 1979, she moved to Bhopal and was attached to The Rang Mandal, a theatre repertory attached to the Multi-arts Complex, Bharat Bhavan. In 1984, she moved to Chandigarh where she set up her own theatre company called The Company. She has also been the Chairperson and taught in the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University.
Her well-known plays include Kitchen Katha, The Suit, Yerma, Nagamandala, The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Little Eyolf, Bitter Fruit and Naked Voices to name a few. Her group has participated in major national and international festivals. Neelam is the recipient of several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003, and the Padmashree in 2011. She is presently Professor Emeritus at the Panjab University.
From Delhi, Rajat Kapoor knew very early on that he wanted to be in theatre and make films. Better known as an actor, Rajat is essentially a film maker, theatre director and writer for whom theatre is a lifelong passion. He is one of the founder members of the Delhi based group Chingari. Some of the plays he has directed over the last 30 years are: Deathwatch, the maids, Jacques and His Master, Baal, C for Clown, Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? Hamlet- the Clown Prince, Nothing like Lear, What’s Done is Done! and I Don’t like it-as you like it.
Rajat is also a three-time winner of the national award for cinema, some of his films are Monsoon Wedding, Dil Chahta Hai, Mithya, Bheja Fry and Ankhon Dekhi.
Awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2005, writer- director Ranjit Kapoor has a wide experience in the field of theatre, films and television. Born in Madhya Pradesh, he graduated from National School of Drama in Direction.His theatre experience includes translation, adaptation and direction. Some of the notable plays he has been associated with are; Bichu, Chekvov Ki Duniya, Antaraal and Shortcut the musical. Ranjit’s prominent work for television includes a serial on Amir Khusrau: He directed and wrote the screenplay and dialogues for the serial. He has also written dialogues for some iconic films such as Jaane Bhi Do Yaro, Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho, Ek Ruka hua Faisla and The Bandit Queen.
He has received several other awards including, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman, Shikhar Samman, Sansui Screen Award and Zee Cine Award.
Shobha Deepak Singh
Shobha Deepak Singh graduated from Miranda House Delhi University and also has a degree in Performing Arts and a Diploma in Theatre Direction under the tutelage of E. Alkazi. She has studied dance from Shambhu Maharaj and Birju Maharaj and music from Biswajeet Roy Chowdhary and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Shobha is an accomplished photographer and costume designer.
She runs an exclusive boutique Vastrashobha that specialises in heritage wear and exclusive pieces of Indian textile. Shobha’s role in the revival of Mayurbhanj Chhau, a traditional dance form from Odisha remains exemplary. She was a member of the National Culture Fund of India and the Sahitya Kala Parishad (Institute of Performing Arts, Government of Delhi). Shobha played the prime role in putting together a repository of audio, video, photos and books at the Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.
In recognition of her contribution to the performing arts, the President of India awarded her the Padmashree in 1999.