ALGORITHMS (2018-19)

Algorithms is a theatrical performance inspired by the life stories of migrant cab drivers that seem to drive a large part of the population in urban cities. The lure and appeal of the app-based economy drive the exodus of semi-skilled workers -from neighbouring towns and conventional jobs- leading to a new way of looking at the future of work in cities. The performance takes a closer peek into the lives of the drivers, who are as controlled by the app as the passengers and allows spectators to encounter this technology-mediated world in fragments and experience the impact that it has on privacy, freedom, choice and the human connection. 
Edited&Created by: Sudarshan Krishna & Sundareswaran S
Sound Design: Nikhil Nagaraj


Click here to check out photos from the play.

Photography: Richa Bhavanam

Press Links

                     Indian Express
                     The Hindu
Story: ET Prime

Performers: Mayura Baweja, Savitha B., Sambhaji Shivaji Sasane,  Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy,  Varun Kainth,  Vidya Shanker Mishra, Vishal Patil
Dramaturg: Mayura Baweja
Field Research Assistance: Raghavendra Acharya
Advisor on Research: Aditi Surie – Senior Researcher, IIHS
Transcript: Naheed Akhtar, Megha Yalegar, Noel Samson, Tanvi Rao
Kannada Translation: Sathwik N.N.
Production Manager: Nuhar Bansal
Projection and Poster Design: Sudarshan K.
Sound Design: Nikhil Nagaraj
Set Design and Execution: Sridhar Murthy, Manasa Raj
Movement Director: Anirudh Roy
Light Design: Partha S.
Costume Design: Gauri Kokatay
Visuals: Sudharshan K., Sundareswaran S.
Direction Interns: Architakamal Mitra, Sumit Kumar
Backstage: Shashank M.C.
Make-up Artists: Ramakrishna N.K. and Tilak Raj
Asst. Director: Vishnu Narain
Producer: Vivek Madan
Written and Directed by Chanakya Vyas



Abhishek Majumdar’s new play Pah-La commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, London premiered on April 2nd and runs until April 27th at the Royal Court.

The production has been directed by Debbie Hannan.

 ‘As his drama about riots in Tibet is finally staged, we meet the fearless writer’-click here to read an interview with Abhishek Majumdar.

 ‘Fascinating Tibetan drama sets theatre ablaze’ – click here to read a review of the play by Michael Billington.



Here’s the final list of participants who have been shortlisted for the First Draft: An Idea Development Lab by Indian Ensemble which commences on May 15th and will run for a period of six months.

Click here to read more about them.



Chanakya Vyas, Artistic Director was in conversation with RJ Darius Sunawala on Fever 104 FM, where they discussed our new play Algorithms, about the company, the discipline of oral history and funding in theatre.

‘Algorithms’ plays on

March 20 & 21 at 7.30pm, Ranga Shankara, J.P.Nagar, Bangalore.


April 4 & 5 at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai

Tickets available on


You can listen to the podcast below:



Call for Applications in English: First Draft – An Idea Development Lab
Call for Applications in Kannada

The Lab commences on 15th May ‘2019

Last Date for Applications:  15th Feb ‘2019


*Please read the call for applications before applying to the lab. In case of any queries, please write to



Indian Ensemble Annual Round-up Newsletter – 2018-19


Econ0mic Times Prime does a story on our play ALGORITHMS and the questions it raises around the gig economy

Read it here: ET Prime



Indian Ensemble was invited at the Interlude Festival by Srishti Inst. of ARt, Design and Tech on 13th Dec’2018 to read a few excerpts from the play ‘ALGORITHMS’ followed by a discussion with Aditi Surie from IIHS, Bangalore.


Indian Ensemble was invited to the IIHS Publics talk series on 22nd October at IIHS Campus, Sadashivnagar, where excerpts from the play ‘Algorithms’ were read followed by a discussion on the history of the technological present and the way it is represented in theatre, sci-fi, comics etc. The conversation was moderated by Aditi Surie and on the panel were Padmini Ray Murray and Chanakya Vyas.

Click here for more details.



Our new play ‘Algorithms’ premiered at Ranga Shankara on 16th October’2018.

Here’s a preview of the play in TOI:  Click here


Chanakya Vyas took over as the Artistic Director of Indian Ensemble on April 2nd ‘2018. He was the Associate Artistic Director at Indian Ensemble since 2015.

Abhishek Majumdar and Sandeep Shikhar are currently the Artistic Directors of Bhasha Centre, a new company they co-founded in June’2018. Vivek Madan is the Executive Director of Bhasha Centre.



Vivek Madan joined as the Executive Director of Indian Ensemble in Dec’ 2016.


Mayura Baweja joined as a Dramaturg on the next production titled ‘Algorithms’.  Mayura Baweja is an actor, writer, director based in Bangalore since 2015.  She has been engaged in theatre work, performance practice and film in India, U.S., and Singapore for over a decade.




‘Muktidham’ won two awards at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards ‘ 2018 held in New Delhi.

Best Original Script – Abhishek Majumdar

Best Supporting Actor – Kumud Mishra


We congratulate the entire team for being a part of this journey and to India Foundation for the Arts for supporting us in the making of the play and helping us reach out to audiences across the Northern part of India early this year.




Muktidham reviewed

at the META festival – Blog

at the Studio Safdar show in the Scroll by Malini Nair




Mi’raj – Review in The Hindu by Sammita Srivastava

#supernova – Review in First Post by Asim Siddiqui

Kaumudi – Review in Mumbai Mirror by Shanta Gokhale

Abhishek Majumdar’s interview in Man’s World magazine





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