Neelam Choudary

 

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Renowned theatre director and recipient of the 2011 Padma Shri Award, Dr Neelam Man Singh Chowdhary has been honoured with the status of Professor Emeritus by Panjab University. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, has earned renown for creating a theatre that fuses sources material from Western classics with a performance style grounded in an earthy Punjabi aesthetic. It’s productions are characterised by the use of spare props – sticks, fire, rice, washing poles – which evoke the ambiance of an Indian village, and incorporates music, ritualistic elements and the presentation of poetic images that communicate as strongly as words. Among its many performers a group of traditional Naqqals (female impersinators) who have had a long tradition of performers. Traditionally the Naqqals have a vast repertoire of traditional songs and ballads and a formidable capacity to improvise on, and lampoon, any whatever situation they are put in.

In an interview with Awaaz, she talks about her love for teaching  and how there are no static concepts in drama.

Part 1 of interview

Part 2 of interview

 

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