Renowned Indian playwright, director, & actor Girish Karnad @ Rutgers; Oct. 12-13
Members of the Rutgers University community and the general public are invited to meet and interact
with award-winning Indian playwright, director, and actor Girish Karnad during three appearances on
the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses, Wednesday October 12th and Thursday October 13th.
Mr. Karnad is the UNESCO World Theater Ambassador and is considered one of the foremost living
Indian playwrights. He has received numerous awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in
1972, the Jnanpith award in 1998, the Kalidas Samman award in 1998, and others. His plays are noted
for employing historical and mythological themes to comment on modern day concerns.
On Wednesday October 12th Mr. Karnad will conduct readings from his memoirs, Family: A Collage, from
4:30 - 5:50 pm in the Women in Modern South Asia class. The class is held in Room B5, in the
basement of Frelinghuysen Hall, 611 George Street, New Brunswick, on the College Ave. Campus. The
talk will be moderated by Dr. Indrani Chatterjee from the Dept. of History, SAS, and is open to the
On Thursday October 13th Mr. Karnad will conduct readings from his works, from 3:20 - 4:40 pm in the
Modern Literatures in South Asia class. The class is held in Room 219 of Beck Hall, 99 Ave. E.,
Piscataway, on the Livingston campus. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Anjali Nerlekarof the Dept.
of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) and is open to the
Also on Thursday October 13th there will be a staged reading of Mr. Karnad's play, Haynavadana,
which he will discuss with the audience, from 7:30 - 10:00 pm in Rm. 200 of the Art History
building, 4 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, on the Douglass campus. This event is open to the public.
For a summary and review of Haynavadana, see:
The series of events with Girish Karnad is sponsored by the Department of African, Middle Eastern,
and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) and the South Asian Studies Program (SASP), in
collaboration with Epic Actors Workshop. The series is cosponsored by the Rutgers University
Libraries, the Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Department of Theater in Mason Gross School for
the Arts, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Office of the Director for Undergraduate
Affairs, Global Initiatives: Technologies Without Borders.
For more information on any of these events, please contact Martine Adams at 732/932-6734 or