PRITHAM CHAKRAVARTHY

  • Pritham K Chakravarthy is an independent researcher, playwright, director, performer, film critic and activist from Chennai. She graduated Bachelor of Commerce from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, and is currently completing M.A (Women Studies) at Mother Theresa Women's Open University, Kodaikanal.
  • She has extensive experience in the theatre. Her recent performances include: Meendum Meendum, Surya Mukam and her own solo piece about aravanis: Nirvanam. (2000-04) The script and the performance by Pritham Chakarvarthy was evolved after six months of research and recorded interviews with members of the hijra community. This production has toured India, the USA under a Fulbright Fellowship and 2002 Edinburgh International Festival. Pritham Chakravarthy appeared in Mirror - at Pragirthi Foundation, a solo one woman narrative written by Venkatesh Chakravarthy (2003) ; Vellavi - at The Other Festival (2003), and many other parts in Tamil productions over the past 25 years. She is presently working on Orientations, a theatre production by Border Crossings, which opened in London in October 2003, and is due to tour the UK and India in 2004-05.
  • Her Research Experience includes a year as Research Associate, Reproductive Rights in early 20th Century, Director, Dr Sarah Hodges, Warwick University, UK (2003-04); Research Associate, Politics of Temple Entry, Director, Dr. Anupama Rao, Barnard College, Columbia University (2003); Research Associate for 'Continuing Unity - Nation and State' , Directors Milton Israel and Dipankar Gupta; University of Toronto (2000- 2002)
  • For the Media South Asia Project she conducted surveys and interviews on responses to the satellite media in Tamilnadu.
  • Pritham Chakravarthy has taught and conducted many courses and workshops in film and media at schools and colleges in Tamilnadu over the past 20 years.
  • Her publications include Innum Ethanai Kaalam Thaan - a critical analysis on the growth of Tamil cinema co-authored with Venkatesh Chakravarthy for Nakeeran, (2002); Ippadiyaga - a critical article on the stardom of Rajnikanth, the Tamil film super star, in India Today (2000); Phe-nominal Women - a critical essay on the representation of female sexuality in Tamil cinema, Deep Focus, Bangalore (1996).She was Film & Television critic for Salanam, an alternative journal of Chennai Film Society (1994-95), and has co authored a Tamil book, Akira Kurosawa, Chennai Book House,Chennai(1991). She has translated short stories of Satyajit Ray and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other well known authors for various literary Tamil magazines eg Subamangala and Kalkudhirai (1985-2002). She is an experienced television, film and documentary script-writer.

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    Kalashetra Colony, Besant Nagar,
    Chennai 600090
    Email: pcms@eth.net
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