Unearthed – Untold Stories from the Ramayana

April 22-23, 2022. ODC Theater, San Francisco Script – Sukanya Chakrabarti Direction – Amit Patel and Ishika Seth Unearthed Facebook Event Page “Unearthed” is a dance and music production that excavates the stories of forgotten voices in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Bringing forth diverse perspectives, we examine these stories in a modern context, relating them to current social and political themes. Using the idiom of Indian Contemporary dance movement, music and narration, “Unearthed” brings together a stellar cast of South Asian artists, directed by Amit Patel & Ishika Seth. Dates:…

Publications

Simulating the “city of joy”: state choreography and the re-appropriation of public spaces in Kolkata Taylor & Francis Online, Urban Geography, Volume 43 Issue 1, Routledge. April 2022 Videos of what seems like enforced and orchestrated solidarity, performed by celebrities from the film industry in Kolkata, each scene blending into another, each upper-class urban home-space resembling the other, each envisioning a brighter future, rendering the same song in multiple voices, with metaphors of cities smiling again, circulated through social media are problematic in the erasures of particularities, “of the presence…

Parvathy Baul Workshop in SFSU

Organizer and Facilitator, April 1, 2022 Location: Creative Arts Building at SFSU “Bauls of Bengal: living practice of an ancient wisdom. An evening performance with Parvathy Baul” An introduction to Baul wisdom in an evening performance by Parvathy Baul. Her performance will include song, dance, and a brief explication of the meaning of Baul practice and wisdom. Workshop Program Details The Singing Body – in the Baul Parampara, with Parvathy Baul, April 1st, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PST. An introduction to Baul wisdom through song and conversation.…

A Nice Indian Boy

Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Director March 11-18, 2022 Written by by Madhuri Shekar and Directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti Location: Creative Arts Building, The Lab Sponsor: School of Theatre and Dance – Link to Events Page on SFSU. Media India Currents Our production of A Nice Indian Boy made it into India Currents. Read this great interview with Sukanya Chakrabarti who directed this queered romantic comedy with an essence of Bollywood (article). SF Arts Naveen Gavaskar just wants a traditional Indian marriage to a nice Indian boy. While his parents are trying…

ATHE 2021

Transnational and Transmediated Asian Theater and Performance: Remembered, Reimagined, and Reclaimed Presenter, August 5-8, 2021 Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti of San Francisco State University presents her paper ‘In Between Worlds: Zoom-ing into ‘Folk’ Performances Amidst a Global Pandemic’ ATHE 2021 Program Details ATHE 2021 Website

SoHo Rep – Public Obscenities

Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Associate Director/Dramaturg June 22, 2021 Collaboration with Misha Chowdhury, who is the playwright and director of this bilingual play (in progress), “Public Obscenities” with many other creative minds. Link to Public Obscenities page on SoHo Rep. SoHo Rep Media New York Times Excerpt from the website: Soho Rep and the National Asian American Theater Company have also commissioned another inaugural Project Number One artist, (website), to finish his bilingual play “Public Obscenities,” in Bengali and English. Read More. Broadway World Excerpt from the website: Chowdhury shares an…

Tell me your Story – Stories of Indian Diaspora

Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti in conversation with Ilhana Katoch, as part of STORIES OF THE INDIAN DIASPORA series. Curated under TMYS Review June, 2021 View the full Video Interview Excerpt from TMYS website – Tell me your Story (TMYS) works towards popularising stories from academic research and social significance in collaboration with global thought leaders. We operate through story projects, collaborative research and storytelling workshops for individuals/corporate. Link to TMYS page.

Affordable Education Grant 2020

Recipient of the Affordable Education Grant 2020. View the AIM Faculty Experience Interview. The Affordable Learning community at San Francisco State University is a collaborative effort between the Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL), Disability Programs Resource Center (DPRC), J. Paul Leonard Library and the SF State Bookstore; it aims to create a more equitable and inclusive classroom. View details.

Imagining Home Exhibit

Faculty Curator and Organizer April 16, 2021 SF State Creative Arts Affinity Group with support from the LCA Extraordinary Ideas Grant presents Imagining Home. (Home Page)… San Francisco State University Hosts Interdisciplinary Student Arts Exhibit Imagining Home SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 16, 2021 — On April 16, 2021, San Francisco State University launched the interdisciplinary student arts exhibit Imagining Home—a showcase of thoughtful and timely undergraduate and graduate student stories of home. The Creative Arts Affinity Group, a team of six SF State faculty members across five different university departments, first…