Shankar Venkateswaran



Born on 15 May 1979 in Kozhikode, Kerala, Shri Sankar Venkateswaran Chindavalap earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Calicut University School of Drama and Fine Arts in 2001. Later, he went to the Theatre Training and Research Programme, Singapore (TTRP, now ITI) for a threeyear course, specializing in acting (2003-2006). He has also learned Mridangam-playing.
Shri Venkateswaran has directed a number of plays for his group Theatre Roots and Wings. His notable plays include When We Dead Awaken (New Delhi, 2012) commissioned for the Delhi Ibsen Festival; Seagull (2012) performed for the Ninasam Theatre Institute; The Water Station (Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Amritsar, Thrissur, Kozhikode, 2011), co-produced by The Japan Foundation and Theatre Roots and Wings; and Quick Death (New Delhi, Trivandrum, Chennai, Heggodu, Bangalore, Thrissur, Kozhikode, 2007), with support from the India Foundation for the Arts. He has also composed music for Main Istanbul Hoon (directed by Mohan Maharshi) performed by the National School of Drama Repertory Company in 2008. Shri Venkateswaran has worked as an actor/musician for Performing Women (dir. Abhilash Pillai) produced by the Japan Foundation, (2007). He has been a festival director for the National Theatre Festival organized by the Kerala State Government in 2012.
He is a recipient of the G Sankara Pillai Endowment Award (2002), and the Georgette Chen Scholarship (Singapore). He took part in the Jenesys Fellowship Programme offered by the Japan Foundation, and was awarded a Residency by Pro Helvetica, the Swiss Arts Council.
Shri Sankar Venkateswaran Chindavalap receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for his notable talent in Theatre as a director.