Indian Ensemble was founded in 2009 by Abhishek Majumdar and Sandeep Shikhar, a reputed and acclaimed multi-lingual theatre company based out of Bangalore that produces and supports theatre work which is fundamentally Indian in its context. Our plays revolve around tales of contemporary society, culture and politics. We function actively as a laboratory for research and training in various processes of Theatre and performance while continuing to create and run productions throughout the year. The company’s continued focus is on original texts which are then researched and devised with a team of artists. We work with professional actors, directors, playwrights, designers, sound artists and technicians from across the country.
Eight critically acclaimed plays have been produced and performed in over 130 shows all over India in the 5 years since the company came into existence. Some of the plays have performed in prestigious festivals across India such as –
• The International Theatre Festival of Kerala
• Bareilly National Theatre Festival
• Hindu Metroplus Theatre Festival
• Vinod Doshi Festival of Theatre
• Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Festival
• The Goa Theatre Festival and
• Rangashankara Theatre Festival, Bangalore.
Our supporters/grantees/collaborators on some of the ventures are The Robert Bosch Arts Grant, Riad Mahmood Arts and Education Foundation, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, The Boell Foundation, Germany.
Our recent production of Thook travelled to the Carriage Theatre in Connecticut and was performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Our future shows are slated to be in major festivals across India.There is an initiative for critical engagement with people and society at the heart of the company. In 2010 we created a repertory for training acting students. In 2012 we started the Theatre Making Programme funded by the Riad Mahmood Foundation which saw candidates from all over India come to Bangalore for a period for 3 months of intensive training in writing, directing and staging a performance. In 2014, we have started a director’s programme where aspiring directors are trained over a period of 7 months, the culmination of which will be 4 productions of those directors to be staged in venues in Bangalore. All such engagements are offered for free without a fee to the candidates. Indian Ensemble has had the good fortune of witnessing various students and collaborators go on to win scholarships from Charles Wallace India Trust, Inlaks Foundation and win writing awards such as the TFA award for writing, The Shayamanand Jalal prize for a new play, the Alyque Padamsee award for a play etc.