Research and Practice

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

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?”

Click here to view a Video Snippet


Odin Week Festival Workshop


Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark, August 2014

Participated in the Odin Week Festival (a week-long workshop facilitated by Eugenio Barba and his team at Odin Teatret, Denmark)



PhD Thesis Fieldwork Research in Bangladesh


Bangladesh. July-August, 2014.

Research based on the evolving identity and traditions of Bauls and Fakirs in Bangladesh.

Research was conducted in Dhaka, Kushtia, Sylhet and other areas in Bangladesh

Photographs taken by Saurav Chakraborty


Paper on Bauls presented at PSi 20


Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China. July, 2014.

Paper: ‘Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity’


Paper on Bauls presented at PSi 19

Stanford University, California, USA. June, 2013.

Paper: ‘Tracing the Traceless: Renegotiating Baul Identities Through the Lens of Performance’

Performed in The Symphonic Body (directed by artist Ann Carlson), as part of PSi19 and also worked as student organizer for other PSi events and talks on Stanford University campus.


Jean Claude Carriere: Writing - Film vs Theatre


Organized by Sukanya C.

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center. Monday, March 18, 2013 | 4:00pm until 5:30pm in PDT.

Jean Claude Carriere draws from his six decades of experience in constructing stories to explain commonalities, differences and the evolution of the two different storytelling modes.


Paper on Jatra presented at PSi 18


University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. June 28 - July 2, 2012.

Paper: ‘Jatra: Performing Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Bengal’


Workshop by Lois Weaver


November 2012

‘Where do you come from?’ – I am rolling this question around in my mind, trying to remember where I come from. From Kolkata? From India? From Bangladesh? From homelessness? From an undefined state of nostalgia? As Lois Weaver introduced several questions for us to think about when we all sat around a circle, I realized we were going somewhere from ‘here’ – the present moment. Within the next few days, about fifteen of us were grouping and regrouping together, playing games, brainstorming ideas, creating rituals and performance pieces, independently and collectively. ‘What do you really care for?’ was another of her questions. ‘No, no, what do you really care for?, no, no, no, what do you absolutely really really care for and you think is the most important thing to you?’


CRY India


Summer 2012

Performance workshop with the underprivileged children of Dhakuria, Kolkata

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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.