School of Media and Cultural Studies

10th anniversary of the inauguration of the teaching programme of the School of Media and Cultural Studies

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SMCS organised the 4th Chetan Premani Memorial Lecture titled "Cross-currents between Life and Theatre - Retracing some Journeys"

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the teaching programme of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, the Chetan Memorial Trust in association with SMCS organised the 4th Chetan Premani Memorial Lecture titled "Cross-currents between Life and Theatre - Retracing some Journeys" by Maya Krishna Rao. Maya K. Rao took some instances from her making and teaching practice to illustrate ways in which event, theatre, pedagogy can interweave to create fresh ways of both looking at and making choices in life. The lecture-demonstration, organised on November 27, 2017, addressed issues of dissent and protest, leaving the audience with a lot to reflect on.

Maya Krishna Rao is an eminent theatre performer, teacher and activist who creates her own performances, sometimes solo, at other times, collaboratively with sound, space designers and film makers. She engages school children and teachers in the use of drama as a teaching device in the classroom. Maya also performs stand up comedy. Amongst her shows that have travelled to different countries and have been received with acclaim are “Khol Do”, “The Job”, “A Deeper Fried Jam”, “Heads Are Meant For Walking Into”, “The Non-Stop Feel Good Show”, “Ravanama”, and her latest, “Walk”, made in response to the horrific gangrape and subsequent death of the young physiotherapy intern.


The Trust is founded in the memory of the late Chetan Premani ((31 Oct 1951 – 9 Feb 2013) who was a scientist and a socially engaged visionary. A graduate of IIT Kanpur, he worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh. Chetan was a multifaceted personality with interests in art, literature, films and theatre. He was associated with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and Awami Rangmanch in Bombay, as well as the Film Society movement. He was a great proponent of scientific temper and worked with rural school children to advance rational thinking. The Trust has collaborated with various organisations and Universities, including Panjab University Chandigarh and Ambedkar University, Delhi, to organise lectures and performances annually. More about the Trust at: www.chetanmemorial.com