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Shruti Sharma Theatre Person, New Delhi

"My tryst with theatre began in the third year of graduation; I was the constable in my college’s production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. After this, I moved away from theatre for a year-and-a-half. During this time, I worked with a public broadcasting organisation, but I wasn’t content with what I was doing. It was then that I paused to ask myself what made me happy. The answer was clear — theatre.

I began my theatre career through workshops and trainings. I realised how inhibited and lost I was in my very first workshop. Without losing heart, I re-designed my workshop, truly taking control of the process and my learning. Meanwhile, I also started working with a theater group. My focus was working with children. Now, I have my own theatre company. So far, I have directed four plays and acted in seven for different productions.

My parents are unhappy with my choice. They feel that I have wasted the last eight years of my life. Despite my aggression and impatience, I have never fought with my parents over my career. I inform them, they express displeasure and refuse, and I ultimately go ahead with my plans. I rue the duality of my life - independent and at the helm of projects outside, but still expected to be a proper girl back at home. I know I’m not the only one who faces this duality. It will take me time to break out of it. It’s slow, but it’s my journey. This is one of the many dragons I must defeat."


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