Research and Practice

Workshops, conferences, research work, community programs and social programs

The Parting

The Parting

January 19-21, 2018, Z Space, San Francisco CA.
March 23-24, 2018, Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose CA.

Written by - Salil Singh with story development by Anurag Wahehra
Direction by - Salil Singh
Dramaturgy - Sukanya Chakrabarti

Interview on KAW - Local Public Radio (91.7FM) (link)


Sacred Singing: A Baul Performance by Parvathy Baul


Performance by Parvathy Baul, Moderator - Sukanya Chakrabarti, April 13, 2017 - UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion, April 15, 2017 - Stanford University

Event information




April 7-9, 2017, DeAnza Performing Arts Center, Cupertino CA.

Written by - Joseph Martin
Direction by - Vinita Belani
Dramaturgy - Sukanya Chakrabarti

From the Event page (link)...

Soundwaves is the incredible true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim Indian living in Paris who became the first female radio operator during the Second World War. Trained by Britain as an Allied Special Operations Executive and sent into occupied France, she worked behind enemy lines but was betrayed by a friend, tortured and shot in Dachau on September 13th, 1944.


Scholar Maker Conference for Future Theatre Faculty

Scholar Maker

Invited to participate in the conference at Reed College

January 2017, Reed College in Portland, Oregon


Doctorate Completed, TAPS, Stanford University

Awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

June 12, 2016, Stanford University

Commencement, June 12, 2016

Dissertation Defense, May 20, 2016


Wisch Fellowship Recipient for 2014-2015

Awarded the Wisch Fellowship during academic year 2014-2015

Photos from May 2015, Stanford Faculty Club, Gold Room


Dinner with Ms. Navi Pillay

Ms. Navi Pillay served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008-2014.

May 2015, Stanford Faculty Club, Gold Room


Presented a talk on women Bauls in India and Bangladesh at Pratham

Pratham USA - First in promoting childhood literacy in India

April 23, 2015, South Bay

From Pratham's website (link)...

In the 1990s, half of the world’s illiterate children were in India.

We created Pratham to change that. We believe education is the fundamental right of every child and no child should be deprived of this basic right simply because he or she does not have access to it or does not have the resources to realize his or her dreams.


Oral Literature & Literate Orality 2014-2015


Sukanya presents on 'Performing [as] Bauls: Renegotiating 'Folk' Identities Through the Lens of Performance'

Meadenhall, Stanford University. January 26, 2015, 12:00pm.


Puppetry Workshop with Basil Twist, MacArthur Grant Recipient, 2015

Assisted Basil Twist in an experimental puppetry project at Bing Concert Hall

December, 2014, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University


Center for South Asia - Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Brown Bag Session

Sukanya Chakrabarti presents on “Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity”

Encina Hall West, Room 208, Stanford campus. October 9, 2014.

In her talk on 9 Oct 2014, Sukanya will ask, “Who are the Bauls?”

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Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


It would be wonderful to hear back from you, and you can always reach me via email.

Sukanya C.