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Dramaturg & Cultural Critic
Philosopher & Educator

Date & Time

Tue, 18 Jan 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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In mid December, 2021, Dramaturg, Writer, Director & Cultural Critic Rustom Bharucha facilitated a week-long workshop for a cohort of 12 participants on Dramaturgy at Bangalore International Centre with inputs from several artists and practitioners, including philosopher and educator, Sundar Sarukkai.

We caught up with the two at the height of churning during the workshop for a tête-à-tête on what was most playing on their minds. In this revealing conversation, they mull over necessary qualities that characterise the concept of “Theatre”, the social context of ‘touch’ in the times of a pandemic; tactility, conversation and sociality. The conversation also seeks to problematise the romantic idea of theatre being democratic and the central idea of theatre being a safe space. Some questions explored are – Can theatre really be viewed as a model of civil society and does it truly allow the practitioner the agency to challenge social norms? What is its role in dissent and what is the true function of theatre?


Rustom Barucha

Dramaturg & Cultural Critic

Rustom Bharucha trained as a dramaturg at the Yale School of Drama between 1977-1980. He has since directed and conducted workshops in different parts of the world in India, the Philippines, South Africa, and Brazil. He has written a number of books on interculturality including Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture, The Politics of Cultural Practice: Thinking through Theatre in an Age of Globalization, and Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin. His 9-episode video-lecture on “Theatre and the Coronavirus” can be accessed on the following link.

Sundar Sarukkai

Philosopher & Educator

Founder of the Barefoot Philosophers initiative (www.barefootphilosophers.org), Sundar Sarukkai’s works primarily in the realm of philosophy of natural and social sciences. He is the author of Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and two books co-authored with Gopal Guru – The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory and most recently Experience, Caste and the Everyday Social. His book titled JRD Tata and the Ethics of Philanthropy was published in July 2020.

Sundar Sarukkai is the Co-Chief Editor of the Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India, the Series Editor for the Science and Technology Studies Series, Routledge, and editorial advisory member of Leonardo as well as Marg. Sarukkai was a professor of philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies till 2019 and was the Founder-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities where he set up an innovative interdisciplinary postgraduate program. He has been actively taking philosophy to different communities and places, conducting philosophy workshops for children and bringing philosophy to the public through his writing in the media. His most recent book is “Philosophy for Children”.