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Thursday Thu, 18 Apr 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
Dvijottama is the narrative of one of the greatest warriors of the Bharatha war – Drona. A man born to educate also finds the need to fight. What starts as a fight for survival ends for him on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, losing everything he holds dear. His scruples, his values, and the love of his disciples. The play illustrates the conflict of choice each one of us faces in the battle for survival, the choice of selecting the right action.

The play is a solo performance with an accomplished classical singer and a Bharatanatyam dancer.

Dvijottama premiered as Dvija at The Hindu Theatre Festival 2019 in Chennai, and travelled to Bangalore to Swastika School of Dance and Music and was staged at the Sunday to Sunday Natarani Theatre Festival 2019 in Ahmedabad. Most recently it was performed as part of Kutty Kutcheri organised by Lasya Narasimhachari.

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V Balakrishnan

Writer, Director & Actor

V. Balakrishnan, an alumnus of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (New Delhi) and the National School of Drama (New Delhi), is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Nisha (Chennai), and has staged over 130 plays in the past 23 years under its banner. He is an ICCR Empanelled Theatre Director. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship to attend an International Residency for Young Directors with the Royal Court Theatre, London. He has directed over 210 plays, acted in over 160 plays and written more than 30 plays. 10 of his plays have been published by Zero Degree Publications and Dhauli Books. He won The Hindu playwright Award 2019 for ‘Sordid’ and the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2022 for ‘God’s Will’. In 2023, he won the Being Association’s Samhita Manch 2023 (English category) and is one of the two selected playwrights for Bhasha Centre and Goethe Institute’s @Brecht 2023. 

Anuradha Venkataraman


Anuradha Venkataraman has been in the field  of arts for 25 years as performer, teacher, choreographer and curator . She has trained under Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan in Bharatanatyam and under V.Balakrishnan in theatre. Anuradha has been performing regularly in India and Abroad. To her credit Anuradha has 6 full length choreographic productions. She is an empanelled artist of ICCR and an ‘A’ graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan. Academically Anuradha has completed her MPhil in Cultural Studies (Gold Medalist) in Jain University Bangalore.  She has been an Artist in residence in South Korea and in New York. She has been part of international collaborations-  latest being Dante Beyond Borders by Instabili Vaganti, which premiered in both India and in Italy. Anuradha runs the Ahum Trust under which she curates- Saturdays@Swastika, Music by the Lake and Kalakrida ( an art intensive summer camp for Govt. school children). She is also the founder of Swastika School of Dance and Music.

Uma Nambudripad Sathya Narayanan


She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic vocalist. She started her training at the age of 6 and won a scholarship for young workers in the field of culture (Bharatanatyam) from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to pursue dancing further under the aegis of Padma Shri Chitra Visweswaran in Chennai. She was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar for Bharatanatyam by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, and most recently, was awarded the Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatanatyam. She is a graded artist with Doordarshan and empanelled with the ICCR. She was recently one of the chosen dancers from across the world for an intensive classical residency conducted by the Akram Khan Company, London. She has also been a part of SPICMACAY and given performance-lecture series in Rajasthan, MP and Tripura.

As a musician, she started her training under Smt Rajeswari Neelakanthan, Nagpur and was a recipient of the Government of India scholarship offered by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), New Delhi for Carnatic Music (Vocal) for 10 years. She has composed music for several dance productions; and Dvija is her first music composition for theatre.

Meera Sitaraman

Lighting Designer

Meera has been working with Theatre Nisha for over 15 years now as an actor, designer (costume, lighting, prop), writer and stage manager. She debuted as a director with The Trojan Women in 2019. She is also a theatre educator and has been working in that capacity for 10 years. She works with schools that are inclusive and those that specifically work with children with learning difficulties. She was one of the 14 chosen playwrights for the Writers Bloc 4 organised by Rage Theatre, Mumbai and Royal Court Theatre, London. Her script ‘The Cut’ was a finalist at The Hindu Playwright Award 2016. In 2022, she won the Kali International Solo Award for ‘Will Ammu Stop Crying?’ organised by Kali Theatre, London. Most recently, she received the Inlaks Theatre Award 2024.