Anuja Ghosalkar - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)

Bio

Anuja Ghosalkar is the founder of Drama Queen in Bangalore. Through Drama Queen, she is evolving a unique form of Documentary theatre in India. The focus of her theatre practice is undocumented narratives, archival absences and gender. Research, oral history and iterations around form and process are critical to her performance and pedagogical work.

Recently, for Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology she conceived a site specific, performance at Cubbon Park Metro Station called Dream Walkers. She regularly conducts workshops at Rangashankara, Jagriti, Lightroom bookstore, Mount Carmel College, and more recently at the Kerala Museum, on Documentary theatre for children and young adults. She is a speech and drama coach for Trinity College, London since 2013 and works extensively with children from the ages of eight to 16.

Drama Queen’s debut show Lady Anandi has traveled across India and was written while she was an artist-in-residence at Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden. Her newest performance, The Reading Room blurs the boundary between audience and performer, where 10 strangers read personal letters alongside public ones.

In the past, as an actor, Anuja has worked with Atul Kumar, Abhishek Majumdar, Kirtana Kumar and Arundhati Raja.

She was a programming officer at India Foundation for the Arts (2008-13) and is an Art Think South Asia Fellow (2017-18)

She is currently working on a series of all-India workshops called Starting Realities, to build awareness and pedagogy around the form of Documentary Theatre and is curating Asia’s first festival of Documentary theatre in early 2020.