Criminal Tribes Act

Criminal Tribes Act (2017) explores the ways in which India has inherited ongoing modes of social exclusions from a colonial past. Using the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871, a legislation brought during the British rule, as a starting point, this lecture performance outlines ways in which millions of people in India were labelled as 'born criminals', de-notified tribes, habitual offenders. Since 2008, these people came under the classification of 'ex-criminal' tribes. The classifications changed over time and sought more social and political correctness, and the legacy of this legislation also continues to take more complex forms of exclusion such as 'inclusive exclusion' and creates communities upon which 'criminality' is an imposed social behaviour.

Duration: 35 minutes


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When We Dead Awaken

When We Dead Awaken (2012), inspired by Henrik Ibsen's same play, captures the unique style of Sankar Venkateswaran with a mostly non-verbal dramaturgy. The play dwells into the heart of Professor Rubek, an aging sculptor, to express the existential struggles of art and art-making. The play features renowned German dancer Urs Dietrich with actors of Theatre Roots & Wings. 

Duration: 70 minutes

101 Lullabies

101 Lullabies (2012) is an open-ended voice performance based on Bhasa's Urubhangam from the Indian epic Mahabharata. The venteran actor Mandakini Goswami performs as the charactor Gandhari, the blind-folded mother who lost her hundred sons in the battle.

Duration: 60 minutes

* This is a part of result of Bhasa Study by Grant-in-Aid for Science Research (C), JSPS.


The Water Station

The Water Station (2011) is a silent play written by a prominent Japanese playwright Shogo Ohta in 1981.

Walking through a barren landscape, eighteen travelers stop by at a dripping water faucet. They drink, soak, meet, love, fight, weep, separate and in the end, leave, while a man living in a junk pile casually observes their actions from above. The play is about loneliness, the need for sustenance and the fragility of love.

Duration: 120 minutes


Sahyande Makan- The Elephant Project

Sahyande Makan- The Elephant Project (2008) is an intercultural theatre production conceived and directed by Sankar Venkateswaran. The performance is based on the Malayalam poem Sahyande Makan (Son of Western Ghats) written by a prominent poet Vyloppilly Sreedhara Menon in 1944. The work, which features renowned Japanese performer, Micari as a tusker.


The performance on a fundamental level questions the ways in which man has been dealing with nature. Man’s relationship has always been dominating and his objectives are to plunder and loot. Elephant is a metaphor to the indomitable force of nature as well as its defenselessness. To observe an elephant shatter branches from a tree is to know how something that has taken ages to grow can be devastated in seconds, but this is nothing compared to the irreparable annihilation that man has caused.


This is a performance, which draws on music, voice, poetry, theatre, acting, rhythm, dance, and trance. The performance features live music, powerful drumming and magnificent display of pyrotechniques. 

Duration: 70 minutes

Quick Death

Quick Death (2007), written by an Australian playwright Richard Murphet, was premiered in New Delhi as the company's debut production.

Duration: 45 minutes