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,
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-
For the Media South Asia Project she conducted
surveys and interviews on responses to the satellite media in
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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