Sankar Venkateswaran

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Sankar Venkateswaran (born 1979) is an Indian theatre director, producer, dramaturge and actor.


Venkateswaran graduated with a first rank in theatre direction from Calicut University School of Drama & Fine Arts, Thrissur in 2002 and Intercultural Theatre Institute (formerly Theatre Training and Research Programme), Singapore in 2006.


In 2007, he founded Theatre Roots & Wings and produced and directed Quick Death (2007), Sahyande Makan - The Elephant Project (2008), Urubhangam (2009), Neerina Thana (2010) and Neerina Nilu Thana (2011)

His directed the critically acclaimed[1] Shogo Ohta’s The Water Station (2011~12), co-produced by Theatre Roots & Wings and The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, with an all-India cast, which traveled across the country. Sankar then directed Henrik Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken (2012) as a wordless adaptation of the play. His Guruthilathe Nadatha Galike (2013) and adaptation of Samuel Beckett's short story The Lost Ones (2014) are all examples of his unique theatrical world.

Other than theatre, Sankar has also composed music for the National Repertory production Mein Istanbul Hoon. He has been invited to conduct workshops for various schools and theatre and dance companies, including Kuna’uka Theatre Company, Tokyo (2001), Theatre Professionals, Mumbai (2008-2012), Badungdupa Kala Kendra, Rampur, Assam (2011) and Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi (2012), Attakalari, Bangalore and NINASAM theatre Institute, Karnataka.

In 2010, he was appointed as the technical director for International Theatre Festival of Kerala,[2] organized by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and subsequently as the Artistic Director in 2015 and 2016.

In 2011, he was invited as an artist in residence in Zurich, Switzerland by Pro Helvetia. Also in 2011 he directed a play Seagull written by Anton Chekhov to Ninasam Theatre Institute students. He also directed Neerina Niluthana (Water Station) for 'Ninasam Maru tirugata' a theatre repertory group and the branch of Ninasam, in 2010. At present, he is directing a play for Ninasam Theatre Institute students.


Year Award
2016 Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskars (Performing Arts Award presented every year to two contemporary artists (between the ages of 25 & 40) who have demonstrated outstanding achlevements in the chosen field of the performing and visual arts)
2013 International Ibsen Scholarship Award[3]
2012 Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (Excellence in Theatre Direction) from Kendra Sangeeth natak Akademi


  1. ^ Phukan, Vikram. "The Water Station play review". Mumbai Theatre Guide.
  2. ^ Anima, P. (8 January 2015). "Change of scene". The Hindu.
  3. ^ Daftuar, Swati (10 August 2016). "Showcase: Reinventing Ibsen". The Hindu.

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