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About Director- Arvind Gaur

 
 
 
                                                        Arvind Gaur
 
Theatre  Activist - Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़), Eminent Indian Theatre Director who heads t
he Delhi based Theatre group ASMITA is committed to innovative, meaningful, socially relevant theatre. Starting off as a journalist And working for sometime for the electronic media, he set up ASMITA and earned a reputation in theatre circle in India and abroad.His plays Deals against castism,social discrimination, communalism, domestic violence, injustice,abuses, brutality;Crimes of the state, Anti people policies, marginalisation, and  feudalism etc.
 
 
                                Theatre Workshops  & guest faculty of Delhi University
 
Arvind Gaur has conducted many theatre workshops and  performed in
Various Colleges, Institutions, Universities and Schools in India and abroadSuch as Stanford, Harvard University, Stony Brook University, Smithsonian(Washington DC), Nehru Centre (London), Jawaharlal Nehru University,IIML,India Habitat Centre ,IILM,Lok Kala Manch, I.I.T. (Delhi), AIIMS,
School of Planning and Architecture, Gargi college, Hindu college, Lady Sri Ram college, Kamala Nehru college, Aditi college, IP colleges , NII ,Kirori Mal college ,SSN , Deshbandu  & Mother International School,D P S (Noida), DPS (R.K.Puram, Teachers workshop), Sahyadri School, Pune, J.Krishnamurti Foundation etc. 
He was the guest faculty of Delhi University for Theatre in education program for three years.He was  also the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development .
 
 
                                                                                               Direction
 
In last 15 years Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़) directed more than 60 plays with Asmita.
His major plays are Bhisma Sahani’s Hanoosh, Girish Karnad's Tuglaq and Rakt Kalyan, Dharamveer Bharti's Andha Yug, Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial (450 shows), G P Deshpande's Antim Divas, Albert Camus' Caligula, Mahesh Dattani's Final Solutions ,Tara & 3o days in September, Eugene O’Neill 's Desire Under the Elms, Dario
 
 Rakt Kalyan                                           Dario Fo's An Accidental Death of an Anarchist,
Dr.Narenda Mohan's Kalandar, Bertolt Brecht's Good Woman of Setzuan and Caucasian Chalk Circle, Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, John Octanasek's Romeo Juliet and the Darkness, Neil Simon's The Good Doctor, Vijay Tendulkar's Ghasiram Kotwal, Munshi Premchand's Mote ram ka Satyagrah, Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi, Rajesh Kumar's Me Gandhi Bolto, Vijay Mishra's Tatt Niranjana,Dr. Harish Naval's Peeli Chht par Kaala Nissan,
 
Courtmartial
Bhisham Sahni
's Kabira kheda Bazar Mai , Doodnath Singh's Yama Gatha, Uday Prakash's Warren Hastings ka Saand, Soorya Nidhi’s Kunti-Putra Karan (Sydney) & Harsh Mandar’s Unsuni, scripted by Mallika Sarabhai.
Recently Arvind Gaur directed Rajesh Kumar's Ambedkar aur Gandhi and Mohan Rakesh's "Leheron Ke Raj Hans'  
 
 
Ek Mamooli aadmi , Shilpi Marwaha, Bajrang bali Singh & Viren Basoya
                                                                                        Street Theatre  
 
Arvind Gaur also conduct many theatre workshops for children in schools

and slums as well as Street Theatre performances on different Socio- political  issues. He directed more than 25 street plays.

 
                               Exploring a new language for Solo performances
 
Director Arvind Gaur(अरविन्द गौड़) has also
collaborated with various Theatre artists and Groups specially in exploring a new language for Solo performances which includes Madhavi by Rashi Bunny ,'Women in Black' by Bubbles Sabharwal ,” Untitled Solo" by Lushin Dubey (Theatre World), Gandhari by Aishverya Nidhi , “4.84 Psychosis by Ruth Sheard and 'Story of the Tiger' by Jaimini Kumar Srivastava,
 
Aishverya Nidhi 
Not only have these plays received great audience response from Important metropolis of India, "Women in black" was invited to Perform in Dubai and "Untitled Solo" was performed in Chicago,Dallas, Washington DC, Boston, Rochester, San Francisco, Ohio in USA and at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival.
 
With Rashi Bunny, young actress
Trained in Theatre design at University of Alabama at Birmingham and Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA ,Arvind Gaur has directed three Solo plays -Bhishma sahani's "Madhavi ",Manjula Padmanabhan's 'Hidden Fires' and 'Walking through the Rainbow'. Madhavi & Hidden fires has received rave reviews all over and have been invited to performfor Mahindra's Old World Theatre Festival, Rashi Bunny as Madhavi
Vivachana National Theatre Festival Jabalpur, Muktibodh Natyaotsav raipur, 5th National TheatreFestival Balaghat, World Social forum Mumbai and National School OfDrama (N.S.D.), Satta Festival Jaipur, Theatre Club J.N.U., PCVC, and Queen's Award Project (UK) for Communal Harmony.
Bhishma Sahni's Madhavi by Rashi Bunny received special award last year forbest play in experimentation with tradition at International Solo TheatreFestival, Armenia. "Madhavi" was invited at International TheatreFestival, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia and recently at InternationalTheatre festival, France.
Pinki Virani’s ’s "Bitter Chocolate " a new solo by
Lushin Dubey directed by Arvind gaur was also performed at Harvard (USA) & at Nehru Centre,London.With British actress Ruth Sheard, he has directed two solo plays- Sarah Kane’s “4.84 Psychosis” and Dario Fo- Franca Rama’ s “A woman alone”.Recently  he directed Gandhari with  renowned actress Aishverya Nidhi (Sydney).
 
 
Lushin Dubey in Untitled solo 

                                                                                                     Design

 
Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़) designs lights for NAYA Theatre under the Direction of Shri Habib Tanvir.
 
He worked as assistant Director with Eminent Theatre Personality Prasanna.
He also acted in one film Dhabba directed by Mike Pandey & produced by
Nafisa Ali.
 
                                                                                         Theatre festivals
 
Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़)'s group Asmita performed in all major theatre festivals of India and abroad including International Solo Theatre Festival, Armenia, International Theatre Festival, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, International Theatre festival, France, National School of Drama Festival (Bharat Rang Mahotsava), Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi International Arts Festival (2007),Sahitya Kala Parishad, Darpana  Academy of Performing Art’s festival (Ahmedabad), Nandikar National festival, Vivachana Theatre Festival, Old World Theatre Festival, Times Festival, Muktibodh Natya Samaroh, World Social Forum and Nehru Centre Festival Mumbai. He also staged various plays in collaboration with organizations like Abhinay Theatre (Sydney),Theatre World, British Council ,(Chennai),IHC, Katha,UNODC,
Association of British Scholars (Delhi), Paridhi , 2nd Foundation,
Lakshya (KNC), Bahroop, Banjara Theatre (IIT), India International Centre, Rainbow Cavaliers,M.Dot Band (Jaipur),Vivchana (Jabalpur), Zenith, Prithvi Theatre Festival (platform theatre IHC, 2004) and NGOs like Mobile Creches, Action-Aid,Haq,PCVC,Deepalaya,Heinrich Boll Foundation, Times Foundation, Aalo-a ray of hope, Asian Social Forum, Youth reach and World Social Forum etc.  

 Asmita street theatre team

                                                                                                Awards

 

  • Artistes 4 Change Karmaveer Puraskaar Noble Laureates,2008 by iCONGO- Confederation of NGOs
  • Special Jury award for best play in experimentation with tradition the at International Solo Theatre Festival, Armenia,2004
  • Colour of Nation Award at International Theatre Festival, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia for Solo Play Madhavi by Rashi Bunny,2005
  • Radha Krishna Award for his contribution to Delhi’s art & culture,2007 
  • Udhbhav Shikhar Samman (In memory of Aacharya Vijyendra Sanathak),2008
  • Swar-Dhrohar award ,2007
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  • Mail-Today.-Archna
  • Time out-Trisha Gupta
  • Theatre Pasta - Nalina Mittra  
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