Bharati is a well-established Marathi stage and television actor, who has also trained in Indian classical music. She started her career at the age of 17 in a musical and has since then done 4500 stage shows.
She has worked with some of the most prominent actors and directors of Marathi stage and Cinema, such as Vijaya Mehta, Nana Pateker, Shreeram Lagoo, Vikram Gokhle, and Amol Paleker. As a television actor and producer, she has collaborated with renowned directors like K Vishwanath and Basu Chatterjee. She was a Mumbai Doordarshan producer for 9 years and currently runs her own production house that has brought out 3 Hindi serials and 2 Marathi films.
Chandradasan, Founder and Artistic Director of Lokadharmi Centre for Theatre, Kochi, is a designer, director, actor, writer and translator. His productions include adaptations of the Classics (Western and Indian), Shakespeare, contemporary plays, improvised and devised productions, poetry and short story performances, comedies, and children’s plays. He has designed and directed about 50 plays in Malayalam, Kannada, Finnish, Hindi, Lithuanian, Tamil, Sanskrit, and English, including 10 plays for children. His plays have been performed internationally at various festivals. He is also a published writer of original plays, articles on theatre/performance studies in reputed journals and periodicals both in English and Malayalam.
He is the recipient of the – Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award 2004, the META award for Best Play 2008, Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for professional and academic excellence 2014, and the Best Playwright award by Kerala Bala Sahitya Institute 2015.
Vivek Mansukhani is an actor, director, writer and producer with several theatre productions in his repertoire over the last twenty-five years. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of theatre company Scene Stealers. He has written and directed several productions with children and worked with The Action Players (Kolkata based deaf theatre company) as voicing actor. He served as Director Arts at the British Council in India, Director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program for India, and currently heads the Institute of International Education (IIE) in India.
Vikram is a Mumbai-based playwright and stage critic. Since 2011, he has written extensively on theatre in publications like The Hindu, Forbes India, Live Mint, Mumbai Theatre Guide and his own website, Stage Impressions. He is a Working Committee Member of the Indian branch of the IATC (International Association of Theatre Critics), and a faculty member at the Drama School, Mumbai. His writing credits include contributing to Sunil Shanbag’s Hindustani musical Stories in a Song; Limbo, a rite of passage drama directed by Manish Gandhi; an Indian adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Price; and collaborating with The Patchworks Ensemble on The Gentlemen’s Club.
Born into a family steeped in art and culture, Swaroopa grew up surrounded by sights, sounds and experiences that led her directly to the path of success in theatre and acting. Trained in classical music and dance from a tender age, her first stage performance was at the age of 10, and her first theatre performance was at the age of 16. After graduating from Jadavpur University, she trained under Ibrahim Alkazi, Joy Michael, Amal Alana, Abhijit Dutt, Barry John and has been a member of the NSD Repertory Company. With nearly 40 years of theatre experience as an actor, some of her most memorable productions have been Viraasat, Din Ke Andhere, Dancing at Lugnas, Jug Jug Jiyo, Erendira, The Virtuous Burglar and Noti Binodini for which she won the META award for the Best Actress along with veteran Salima Raza. She has also given back to her art by moulding young talent as a teacher for 33 years in premier institutions such as The British School (New Delhi), T-Series Stageworks, Shriram Centre and the Dramatic Arts and Design Academy.
More recently, she has worked in various television and mainstream film projects such as Vicky Donor, Piku, Pink and Madras Café. Her international film projects include Vara and Neues Leben (Monsoon Baby).