Program Director, Anubha Fatehpuria is both a theatre actor and practicing architect.
Though Anubha’s first, much lauded theatre performance was in 1996 she subsequently went onto study architecture and returned to Kolkata in 2002, as a practicing architect and to continue as a theatre actress.
In 2007, Anubha received the Shyamal Sen Smriti Puraskar from Swapnasandhani(Kolkata) for her significant contribution to theatre as an actor, within just five years of reappearing on the Kolkata stage.
From 2002 – 2013, Anubha Fatehpuria has had the privilege of working with directors like – Habib Tanveer, Shyamanand Jalan, Alyque Padamsee, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Vinay Sharma, Jayant Kripalani, Rajinder Nath and Wlodzimierz Staniewski amongst others.
She has performed with equal command in Hindi, English and Bengali productions in her association with a number of Kolkata performance groups; her performances, marked by their passionate intensity, have met with critical acclaim both within the country and abroad at prestigious theatre festivals.
In 2009 Anubha had the rare opportunity to perform 3 plays at the 11th – Bharat Rang Mahotsav (National School of Drama, New Delhi), under 3 different generations of directors from Kolkata and in 3 different languages – Hindi, English and Bengali.
After joining Padatik (in 2002), Anubha acted in some of their major productions –
Hidden Fires (Dir: Jayant Kriplani – 2004), Thaneer Thaneer (Dir: Kunal Padhy – 2005), Madhavi (Dir: Shyamanand Jalan – 2006), Lehron ke Rajhans (Dir: Shyamanand Jalan – 2008), Bikhre Bimb(Dir: Rajinder Nath- 2009), faith in me (Dir: Vinay Sharma, for the India Now Festival, Nehru Centre, London- 2009), Homage – a tribute to Shyamanand Jalan (Dir: Vinay Sharma – 2011) and recently Atmakatha (Dir: Vinay Sharma) and The Master Builder (Dir: Wlodzimierz Staniewski).
Other major production since 2003, outside of Padatik, for which Anubha received critical acclaim have been – Thatri – a true story of Kerela (Dir: Abanti Chakroborty – 2004), Kamala(Dir: Sheo kr Jhunjhunwala – 2005), Crossings (Dir: Vikram Iyengar – 2005), Mephisto (revival) (Dir: Suman Mukhopadhyay – 2005), Visarjan (Dir: Habib Tanveer – 2006), Chitra (Dir: Vikram Iyengar – 2007), Agunmukho (Dir: Suman Mukhopadhyay – 2007) and Unspoken Monologues(Dir: Alyque Padamsee – 2012).
In 2008, for Peaceworks (a Seagull initiative), Anubha wrote and directed ‘SAFAI ▪ a play about being human’ a street-play with children in hindi, working through an intensive research and workshop process; later, directed The King and The Little Man for them, with children, adapting the KG Subramaniam illustrated-story.
Anubha, since her childhood has received training in the arts under the following – Fine Arts under a few artists including Arup Das, with joint exhibitions at places like The Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata and Birla Academy Kolkata to her credit; Hindustani Classical Vocal under the esteemed guidance of Padmashree Smt. Girija Devi and thereafter her student Smt. Mitali Sengupta; initial training in Bharatnayam under Sonal Mansingh, extensive training in Bharatnatyam from Kalamandalam (Kolkata) under Smt. Thankamani Kutty and Smt. Uma Venkat, basic training in the Manipuri Dance style under Smt. Preeti Patel; Basic workshop experience of Mohiniattam, Kalaripayattu and Thang Ta – with several performances over the years.
Anubha has also designed performance spaces for Padatik – Shyamanand Jalan Rooftop Theatre and Ranan – workspace, Kolkata.
Anubha was an actress and a core group member with Ranan Performance Collective, Kolkata from 2005 to 2013.