Indian Ensemble is a Bangalore-based theatre group founded in 2009. Our plays revolve around tales of contemporary society, culture and politics. We believe that giving back to the society has to be more than engaging with the concerns of the country and allowing discussions to emerge. Indian Ensemble therefore began a social development wing under which we run two varieties of theatre training programmes –The Theatre Making Programme and the Actor’s Workshop. The Workshops are free of cost for participants who cannot afford to pay.
With Kaumudi, Indian Ensemble has introduced a College Initiative under which we distribute a hundred complimentary passes to students of schools, colleges and arts institutions for our shows, which they are later expected to critique. We have also put in place a No One Returned for Lack of Funds Policy to ensure that people who cannot afford to pay are ensured free entry, as long as tickets are still available.
Indian Ensemble productions include Thook (2014), Kaumudi (2014), Gasha (2012), Afterlife of Birds (2010-11), Harlesdan High Street (2010-11), Rizwaan (2009-10) and Treadmill (2009).
Artistic Director of the Indian Ensemble
Abhishek is a playwright, theatre director, teacher and actor based out of Bangalore. He writes in English, Hindi and Bangla.
His first play was ‘Pratidwandi’, an adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Bangla novella, followed by ‘Niharika’, ‘Lucknow 76’ which were original works. His other plays include Harlesden High Street, An Arrangement of Shoes, A Small Small World, The Djinns Of Eidgah, Rizwaan, Waterlines, Gasha, Kaumudi, Afterlife of Birds and Thook.
Abhishek is a member of the Young Vic Director’s Network, London and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab 2012, New York.
Abhishek has received various scholarships and grants in the field of theatre, including the Charles Wallace Scholarship and has been awarded the Inlaks Scholarship in Theatre for year 2008-2009. He is a graduate from LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts) and has also trained at Yatrik, Mahesh Dattani’s Studio and at AdiShakti Theatre Lab.