( Classical Indian Drama Director & Chhau Dance Guru)
Bhumikeshwar Singh completed his one-year diploma in acting from Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, New Delhi in 1990-91 after which he trained in Chhau Dance under Shri Shashadhar Acharya at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. He then acquainted himself with Indian martial art (Phari-Khand) traditions under Guru Krishna Nayak and also trained at the Govt. Chhau Dance Center, Seraikella, Jharkhanda. also learned the art of Mask-Making in the Seraikella form under the tutelage of Shri Dhiro lal Bhol and Mime under the guidance of Shri Niranjan Goswami at the Indian Mime Theatre, Kolkata. He is the founder and Director of the Delhi based Classical Indian Theatre group Prathibha Sanskritik Sansthan.
Bhumikeshwar was awarded scholarship by Sahitya Kala Parishad (91-93) and from Triveni Kala Sangam((98-2000) to undertake special training in Chhau dance and was awarded fellowship by the Department of Culture, Govt. of India from 1996-98. He has had the privilege to work with eminent theatre personalities like Hemant Mishra, Vageesh Kumar Singh, K.S. Rajendran, Sheila Bhatia, Satyabrat Raut and Mohan Maharshi. Amongst the many Sanskrit plays that he has directed are: Dootvakyam, Karnabharam, Urubhangam, Venisamharam, Balcharitam, Mahavircharitam, Pancharatram, Charudattam, Bhagvadajjukiam, Meghdootam, Dootghatotkacham Mattavilas, MadhyamVyayog, Kurukshetra, Naagmandala, Avimarakam, Hayavadan, Pratigyayogandharayan and Vikramorvashiyam. Alongside this he has been conducting regular workshops on Chhau movements, Drama and Mime throughout the country with different art institutions and different Universities of India.
He also has privilege to choreograph dance pieces with school children in Delhi, for Republic day celebrations from 1997, 98, 99 and 2004, organized by Ministry Of Defense, Govt. of India.
Took part in Tact International Theatre Festival held in Italy (Trieste), organized by Centro Universitario Teatrale (CUT) presented Chhau based Sanskrit Play ‘MadhyamVyayog” in May 2017 and 28 Frankfurt Theatre Festival, Frankfurt(Oder) in Germany, 2018. presented Chhau Dance.
Also presented the Play Dootvkyam in Rome, Italy XActor International Theater festival in Feb 2019 by Istitutio Teatrale Europeo.
Performed Chhau dance in 28th and 29th Frankfurt Theatre Festival, Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany, April 2018 & in May 2019 , also participated in 26th Theatre Fest Schwedt, in Germany on 12&13 June 2019, presented Chhau Dance and directed a play Karnabharam in Germany language with a workshop conducted with the Students of Frankfurt Theatre.
He conducted a month-long Chhau Dance performance and workshop at Ukraine (Kiev-oct 2013) & Eekaterinburg, Russia (June 2009) that culminated in the Dance-drama ‘Meghdoot’ in 2009 and also gave Chhau performances at Anand Yog Center, Tumin and Puppet Theatre, in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Presently Bhumikeshwar trains students in Classical Drama, Chhau and Mime. in Indirapuram, Delhi NCR, Ghaziabad.
The main objective of PSS is to experiment Sanskrit plays in Chhau style by using all the elements described in Natya shastra. P.S.S has also organized some major Sanskrit Drama festivals & Workshop in various cities of India like: “Bhasa” Sanskrit Drama festival in Lucknow (2011), “Rabindrotsav” Tagore Festival in Varanasi(2012), Sanskrit Natya Samaroh “Nataraj” (2012) in Agra & “Residential National Theater workshop” in Mount Abu, Rajasthan (2014), “Angik Abhinay Karmashala” in Varanasi(2015), “Residential National Theater Director workshop” in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (2016), supported by Ministry of Culture , Govt. of India.
The Institution has also organized Chhau workshops in abroad with collaboration with International groups like Ratna Group of Russia in various cities of Russia in (2009 )and in Ukraine, Kiev in (2013) organized by Oriental Dance Club..
PRATIBHA SANSKRITIK SANSTHAN
Indian Theatre Acting & Dance Institute
Gyan Khand-3, Plot No-125, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014, U. P.(India)
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