Inlaks Theatre Awards
The Inlaks India Foundation invites applications for the selection of Inlaks Theatre Awards 2017. The deadline for receiving applications for the Award is October 1st 2016.
The Inlaks India Foundation has been involved in the identifying and supporting exceptional talent in various areas of study like humanities, sciences, social science, fashion design, visual arts, music and sports. The Foundation awards scholarships for outstanding students for higher studies abroad, as well as within the country. For the past several years, the Foundation has successfully supported theatre artistes within the country. This year again the Foundation will make awards in the field of Theatre.
The Foundation invites proposals from Indian citizens aged below 35 at the time of application, towards skill enhancement in the field of theatre. This could include attending training workshops, residencies or any other activity that the applicant deems appropriate for a maximum duration of one year. It should be noted that the Foundation does not cover tuition fee towards attending a full-time theatre programme in an institute.
Depending on the proposal and the length of the proposed programme, the Foundation will cover the fee (if any) for attending the programme, and provide an allowance of Rs. 10,000 per month for the duration of the programme, which should not exceed one year.
The applicant must send a letter from the mentor / institution under whom the applicant proposes to undergo the skill enhancement programme.
About the Award :
Conditions for application:
For short-term awards (of three months or less) the amount awarded will be paid upfront and the mentor or institution will need to submit a letter certifying that the awardee attended and completed the programme for which the award was made.
For longer-term awards (of over three months) half the amount awarded will be paid at the beginning. The second installment will be paid at the midpoint of the term of the award on receipt of a progress report from the head of the institution, mentor, guide or guru under whom the applicant will be working.
The number of Awards could vary between 2-3, depending on the merit of the applications received.
The selection procedure will take place in two rounds. The written application and reference letters will be the major criterion for the first round. The short-listed applicants will then be expected to appear in front of the selection committee for an audition for the final selection.
Please send : (Note : All written material should be clearly legible and preferably type written).
The applicant should be a recent graduate / post-graduate from a leading Indian institute for theatre arts in India. Applicants not having a formal degree but possessing a record of high quality record of past achievements may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
The recipient should not hold a similar / government scholarship or award during the tenure of the Inlaks Theatre Award.
He / She should be below the age of 35 years on December 31st in the year of application.
Please state if you have you applied for Inlaks awards before if so mention the year you had applied.
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INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2017
Mr. Natraj Hasrat
An application on plain paper may be sent with details of name, educational qualifications, contact address, permanent address, and evidence of date of birth.
A brief essay giving details of present occupation and achievements to date. (Not more than 300 words).
A formal proposal of what training/workshop etc the applicant would like the award for. The applicant’s special need for the award and what he/she proposes to do with the award money. (Not more than 500 words)
If it is a workshop/training that the applicants intends to attend, details of the same as well as acceptance to that workshop/training must be submitted.
The time periods as well as the dates for any proposed training/workshop etc must be submitted with the proposal.
Letter of acceptance from Guru/ Guide / Institution under whom, the applicant intends to work.
Reference letters from three eminent theatre persons who can vouch for the applicant.
We will require 4 copies of the CD’s / DVD’s with a sample of the applicant’s work.
Detailed information about the Foundation may be downloaded from the website: www.inlaksfoundation.org
The applications may be sent to the following address:
Inlaks India Foundation , 86 / 87, Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021 Tel :
Mr. Vaibhav Lokur
I’m an actor, driven by firm believe in rigorous training, like an architect, an engineer, a doctor, or a scientist goes through, where a trainee gets a structure to practice, explore, experiment and learn further after graduation.
After many failed attempts to get trained at a dramatic-institute, my desire to learn and study at an institution never ceased.
In my endeavor in this regard, Inlaks Theatre Awards 2017 came as a great opportunity and I’m really glad to receive it.
My project is one year foundation training in Kudiyattam, Kallaripayattu and Mizhavu under the guidance of Kudiyattam exponent Guru Gopal Venu at Natanakairali, Irinjlakuda, Thrissur, Kerala.
I’ve started practicing theatre in July 2007 in Delhi. Over the period since 2007 to 2016, I’ve worked with theatre organizations/companies like ‘Bahroop’, ‘Anveshna’, ‘Saksham’, ‘Kaivalya’, ‘Ex-TRA: An Organization’, ‘Theatre Garage Project’, ‘Kingdom of Dreams’, ‘Vivadi’, ‘Tadpole Repertory Company’ etc.
In 2012, I came across a Nangiarkuthoo-performance, (when a female actor performs, it is called Nangiarkuthoo) ‘Narsimha-Avatar’ by Kapila Venu Madam. I was so intrigued by the role of eyes in Kudiyattam, that I wanted to learn it anyhow; the idea of story-telling through eyes excites me so much that if it could be learned like a Kudiyattam-actor……just imagine the quality of a contemporary dramatic-performance, provided with text. My one month stay at Natanakairali in January 2016 for Navarasa Sadhana made my desire to learn Kudiyattam stronger.
A biography that inspired and motivated me in my belief of actor-training is,‘Balraj My Brother’ by Bhisham Sahni, in which he has shared legend Balraj Sahni’s perspective that ‘Acting is Science’….. This idea is so engaging and thoughtful, that it gives a notion, ‘if acting is science, so an actor is a scientist’. I may (or may not) be able to deduce this perspective; but an actor must work like a scientist.
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2016
Ms. Kiyomi Mehta
At Khula Aasmaan, Belgaum, ‘we believe art reflects ourselves and also to realise the basic purpose of art is to influence our day to day life’. Theatre teaches me to attain equilibrium between body and brain. Attaining this equilibrium is seen and implemented by the folk forms in India, and hence I aspire to study Yakshagaan in detail.
Unaware of what I was about to begin, I expressed my desire to study Yakshagaan during my masters, and the journey began. With guidance of my Gurus I planned my visit to Yakshagaan Kendra Udupi to observe this ‘folk form’ closely. However in those 15 days at the Kendra I went under a transformation of being an observer to a performer. The charm and the energy of the people around me made me participate and thus a realisation came to me that this is not just mere performance but it’s a way of life. The music, dance, costume, colors add a charm to these performers and most importantly these teachers who are unstoppably imparting the knowledge of Yakshagaan to the generations. Here they are just applying the theory of ‘the future lies in the hands of youngsters’. I learnt some of the exercises in Yakshagaan and recorded few aspects of Yakshagaan without any prior focus and planning. Now I feel I am ready to study this in depth as I now know what I will be doing it for. At the Kendra, I wish to take ahead my study of Bhagwat and his style of performance which distinctive in ‘Taal maddalle’ and in ‘badagutittu’ style of performance. And to understand the development of Krishna Parijaat. Thus trying to find a way to make myself believe that Yakshagaan is still relevant and it contributes towards betterment of my life.
Ms. Sahana Pinjar
Kiyomi studied at the Barry John Acting School in New Delhi and started doing back stage and production work for several theatre companies. Over the last five years, she has acted in more than half a dozen plays. She has worked as Stage Manager, Festival-in-charge and Production Manager. Other than that Kiyomi has lent her voice for various short films and radio commercials. She is now looking forward to her residential tenure at Adishakti.
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Ms. Ashiqa Salvan
A full‐time theatre artist, Sahana graduated with a diploma in Design and Direction from the National School of Drama, New Delhi (2008-11). She has been associated since childhood with the theatre group Bhavaikyate Vedike in Karnataka, with which she has done a number of street and stage plays, and conducted theatre workshops for school, slum and mentally challenged children. She has participated in workshops with American and Swedish theatre groups and has worked with a number of eminenet Indian directors like B V Karanth, Dr Anuradha Kapur and Anamika Haksar.
This year she will be joining Bangalore University for a PhD, working with her own group, Bhavaikyate Vedike in Karnataka.
Mr. Priyankar Kumar
Ashiqa Salvan is a full-time theatre practitioner who has been involved with theatre since 2010. Prior to this she was an advertising professional.She has worked with a number of eminent theatre persons, among them Jeff Teare, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre in UK; Rajiv Krishnan, Artistic Director of Perch Collective in Chennai; Arundhati Raja, Artistic Director of Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore; Anish Victor and Sachin Gurjale of Rafiki in Bangalore; Vinod Ravindran of Just Theatre and Nimi Ravindran of Sandbox Collective also in Bangalore. She has also attended some short term actor skill workshops by theatre personalities like Veenapani Chawla, Atul Kumar, Anmol Vellani, Heisnam Tomba and Sankar Venkateswaran.
Besides working as a theatre actor she has allied interests in movement/physical theatre and puppetry. At the moment she is a part of a conceptualization team to create a physical theatre piece with Anish Victor and Michael Casanovas. Ashiqa is also trained in (Thol Bomallatam) Leather Puppetry with Master Selvaraj. She has created and conceptualized puppets for a few plays and even conducted workshops for children on puppetry. She has managed and curated a two-month long international dance residency programme called FACETS for young choreographers that was programmed as part of the Attakkalari India Biennial 2013. Ashiqa will do a year-long training programme at Adishakti, Pondicherry.
Ms. Tanvee Ravi
Priyankar Kumar is an English Honours graduate. He has been engaged in theatre for the last four years in Delhi, and has worked with various groups like Tadpole, Atelier, Tgp and Cineaste. Initially he used to work in call centres to meet his daily expenses. Then one day he happened to be at the National School of Drama, in Delhi, and was a part of the gathering paying tribute to Juliano Mer Khamis, whose work ‘Arna’s Children’ was performed and that motivated him to join theatre.
He likes theatre because he gets chance to paint with broad strokes. He says, ‘It’s a space where you act, react, make mistakes and nobody judges you’. Having started out in theatre he feels the urge to get more deeply immersed in it for he believes it gives him immediate gratification.
Priyankar will be learning physical clowning under Rupesh Tillu for one year in Mumbai.
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Having completed a one-year certificate course from The Drama School, Mumbai, Tanvee awoke to clowning. While initially exploring the subject she realized how important clowning could be to the pedagogy of an actor’s training. She has attended workshops with Ashwath Bhatt and been a part of the International Clowning Workshop held in September-October, 2014 in New Delhi.
Tanvee began her work in theatre in 2011 with an amateur theatre group and later on wrote a short play to be performed at the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival. She has been a part of eight productions including the student production of The Drama School, Mumbai, performed in 2014.
Tanvee will train for a year under renowned director, Atul Kumar, in Mumbai.
Ms. Bhasha Sumbli
Mr. Himanshu Mehta
Ms. Sharanya Ramprakash
Mr. Sunil Soni.
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Mr. Himanshu Dwivedi
Himanshu Dwivedi has done an MA in Theatre Arts from the Department of Indian
Theatre, Punjab University, Chandigarh, and is the winner of two gold medals in
2010. He has performed in more than 150 street plays as an actor and director in
the course of which he has worked with eminent theatre personalities like Rashid
Ansari, Guru Bishwjeet Singh, Manhor Singh, Kamal Tiwari, and Sanjay Upadhay. Himanshu
will study the traditional, folk and contemporary aspects of the ‘Bundelkhandi Lok
Ms. Ananya Santra
Ananya Santra, a young Bengali playwright, will be attending a scriptwriting
workshop for a period of four months in Bangalore. This will be at the Indian Ensemble
Playwright's Centre – New Writing Programme.
Mr. Anshuman Acharya
Anshuman Acharya attended the ‘Theatre Garage’ residency in April 2011 in
street clowning and its ensemble performance, ‘Infinite Stupidities’, in Behrampur
and New Delhi. In December 2012, he began to train himself in Kalaripayattu. Anshuman
will undergo further Kalari training in 2013, and will attend an Adishakti workshop,
with a focus on various theatre elements like rhythm, breathing and voice. He will
also be attending workshops on scriptwriting at the Indian Ensemble Playwright’s
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2012
Mr. Vivek Vijay Kumaran
Mr. Chetan Vyas K
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2011
Mr. Rajkumar Rajak
Mr. Abdul Huq Usmani
Ms. Niyati P. Rathod
Mr. Kalyan Choudhury
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2010
Mr. Arka Mukhopadhyay
Mr. Chandra Shekhar Prasad
Ms. Swastika Dhar
Mr. Vivek Kumar
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2009
Mr. Dilip Kumar Gupta
Mr. Vinu Joseph
Ms. Saritha J.L
Ms. Athira L.P
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2008
Mr. Souptic Chakraborty
Mr. Muzammil Hayat Bhawan
INLAKS -Theatre Awardees 2007
Mr. Sandeep Jayraj
Mr. Abhishek Kumar