Current Fellowship Participants
Meet ISPA's 2017 Global Fellowship Program participant Vikram Iyengar!
Founder, The Pickle Factory
A dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and performing arts researcher, writer and curator based in Calcutta, Vikram Iyengar is co-founder and Artistic Director of Ranan Performance Collective. Trained by Padmashree guru Smt. Rani Karnaa, his production work spans choreography for stage and film, dance and theatre explorations, and performance collaborations. He is noted for the conscious bringing together of kathak, movement, spoken drama and design, involving dancers and actors.
His work with directors in Europe includes choreographer for Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s film, 'Shadows in Time' and co-choreographer on Helena Waldmann’s Faust Prize nominated 'Made in Bangladesh'. Since 2013 he works regularly with Indian contemporary dancer-choreographer Preethi Athreya on solo and group projects.
An INLAKS scholar with an MA in Performing Arts from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, he has taught Asian and Intercultural Theatre at university levels, contributed articles to various publications, presented papers at international seminars, conducted a variety of workshops and worked on several arts research projects in India and abroad. Empaneled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and various other national bodies, he is a recipient of the Government of India National Scholarship and Junior Fellowship for Dance. Co-editor of the e-theatre journal, e-Rang from 2009-2015, he was an ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow in 2013-2014 where he developed the idea for The Pickle Factory - a venue for dance practice and discourse. He was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for contemporary dance by the national Sangeet Natak Akademi in December 2015.
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