nandita dinesh

Nandita Dinesh holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and an MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Focused on the role that theatre can play during and after violent conflict, Dinesh has conducted community-based theatre projects in India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Currently, Dinesh is helping establish an Arts Network for Youth & Justice in New Mexico, while also bringing Theatre. Immersion. Education. to different parts of the United States.

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EKTA was founded by Bhawani Bashir Yasir – an alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi -- in 1988, but could not remain functional after the militant insurgency in 1990. It was re-invigorated in 2004 to re-enforce a new spirit in the theatre movement of Kashmir, and to promote the theatre of the region. Under the aegis of the Ensemble, EKTA School of Drama-&-Repertory was established in March 2006, to pave the way for providing professional training in theatre to promising artistes of Kashmir -- artistes who are often deprived of avenues to go outside the state. EKTA remains dedicated to developing the artistic, aesthetic, and creative sensibilities of theatre in Kashmir; to help preserve its rich heritage and to reach to the zenith of its glory.

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