Anjana Puri



Born in 1961 in New Delhi, Shrimati Anjana Puri completed her graduation, and postgraduation in Hindustani Vocal Music from the University of Delhi in 1984. Shrimati Puri continued her training in Hindustani Music under the guidance of Shri Hashim Mahmud of the Patiala Gharana. She has also been mentored by Shri Sajjan Lal Brahmbhatt of the Gwalior Gharana, with special emphasis on voice culture and study of forms such as Khayal and Tappa, and has studied Musicology under the guidance of Prof. Prem Lata Sharma at the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh (Madhya Pradesh). She has also studied aspects of Methodology for Field Research at the Departments of Ethnomusicology and Indology, University of Cologne (Germany) in the early nineties. She was awarded her PhD on Voice, Rhythm and Movement: Towards a Pedagogical Model for Training the Actor with Special Reference to Indian Music Traditions from the University of Madras in 2008. A recipient of the Senior Fellowship for Performing Arts (Theatre) in 2003 on In Search of Images Unseen: Analyzing Speech, Voice and Music in the Context of Theatre Performance, Shrimati Puri has also been awarded a Tagore Scholarship for research on Role of Contemporary Music in Modern Indian Theatre (2015). A former senior consultant with NCERT, Shrimati Puri has been a visiting faculty for many institutions in India and abroad. Shrimati Puri's active association with theatre began with her association with the Rang Vidushak theatre group in Bhopal. She has, since then, composed music for around 40 plays with eminent theatre directors such as Bansi Kaul, B. Jayashree, K.S. Rajendran, and Tripurari Sharma to name a few. She has presented research papers on Indology, Ethnomusicology and Indian Music at many seminars in the country and abroad organized by various prestigious institutions. Shrimati Anjana Puri receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to theatre music.