Raabta

September 15-16, 2018. Castro Valley Center for the Arts (CFA), Castro Valley, CA The show has been produced by Bay Area Creative Dance Academy Script – Sukanya Chakrabarti Play Direction – Ranjita Chakravarty Video Production – Archita Mandal Fallini Dance choreographers – Dalia Chatterjee Sen, Debbani Khatua, Puspita Moitra, Aparna DG, Shirni Kanth , Sanjib Bhattacharya Music – Overall Direction & Arrangement- Subhen Khatua Lights – Snehungsu Guha Sound – Jay Roy Vision and Direction – Dalia Chatterjee Sen From the Event page (link)… Event photographs taken by Bibek Ghosh…

The Forgotten Empress

February 27-28, 2020 in San Jose Performance Center, San Jose, CA. April 20-21, 2018 in Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Narration Performed by Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh. Written and directed by award-winning playwright Matthew Spangler. Original live score by Musical Director Salar Nader. From the Facebook Event page (link)… All Event photographs taken by Lynn Lane Combining South Asian classical dance, live music, multimedia, and theater, The Forgotten Empress is a dynamic dance drama based on the life of Empress Noor Jahan. The performance will explore…

Gauhar

February 2-3, 2018 in 3400 Main St, Houston TX February 10, 2018 in Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose. February 11, 2018 in Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto Sukanya Chakrabarti, Actor Written by: Mahesh Dattani. Directed by: Lillette Dubey. From the Facebook Event page (link)… GAUHAR traces the story of one of India’s first mass media superstars at the turn of the last century! An Armenian Christian who later converted to Islam, Gauhar Jaan was a naturally gifted musician with a wide repertoire. One of the earliest women artists who seized the…

Democratically Speaking

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Performer October 20-22, 2016. Pigott Theater, Stanford, CA. Event Listing on Facebook (link) A co-production of SRT, Ethics in Society, Stanford Peace + Justice Studies Initiative, and TAPS, “Democratically Speaking” explores the idea and realities of “democracy,” from ancient Greece to the Occupy Movement. A timely exploration of “people power” (the root meaning of demos + kratos), :Democratically Speaking” offers a compelling challenge to all of us in this important US election year. Conceptualized by: Rush RehmDirected by: Lindsey Grzenczyk Mantoan

Conference of the Birds

September 9-11, 2016, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA. Sukanya Chakrabarti, Actor and Dancer From the Facebook Event page (link)… Thirty artists representing ten dance traditions spanning four continents feature in a vibrant, multi-sensory interpretation of the timeless Sufi quest narrative – The Conference of the Birds. EnActe Arts and Sangam Arts present a contemporary interpretation of the 12th century Persian poet Farid Attar’s magnum opus – an inspirational parable about the painful but beautiful human journey towards understanding. Hoopoe the wise one calls for a conference of hundreds of…

Chitra, The Warrior Princess

May 8, 2015, Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto Singer in EnActe’s Chitra Dance Drama From Chitra’s website (link)… In honor of his birth anniversary, EnActe honors Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a new re-imagining of his acclaimed work Chitra, based on an episode in the Mahabharata. Theatre meets dance as Director Ranjita Chakravarty draws from Tagore’s 1895 one-act Chitra and his 1936 dance-drama Chitrangada to create the spell-binding tale of Chitra, Princess of Manipur. Born to a King promised only male heirs and raised as a male warrior, a chance meeting…

Merchant on Venice

Written by Shishir Kurup, directed by Sonalee Hardikar and Amsalan Doraisingam, An enActe Production, November 2014 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA. Nov 14-22, 2014 Shakespeare brings Bollywood to Venice Blvd Meet the Indian diaspora of Venice Blvd, L.A. in this wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic. Noorani: Sukanya Chakrabarti Photos from the Performance Promotional Material for the Play

Out of Water

San Francisco, California, June 2013 Performed in performance pieces Out of Water (devised and conceptualized by artists Helen Paris and Caroline Wright) Reflections As we all stood there at the beach behind a rope that divided us from our shadows watching the sun rise and the waves crash against the shore, I tried to memorize the moment so that I could recall it later when it is no more. I tried hard to sniff the air as much as I could to remember the smell of sand and salty water,…