April - June 2009 — Performance Art
Residency Location: Zürich
Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich
Anurupa Roy is recognized as a major creative force in Indian Puppet Theatre. She received professional training in the art of puppetry from Dramatiska Institute at the University of Stockholm. She also holds a diploma in the Guaratelle, tradition of glove puppetry, from the Scoula Della Guaratelle in Naples, Italy. In 1998 she established her troupe, “Kat Katha”, and has worked with many mediums of expression including dance and music.
Anurupa Roy has directed numerous shows for children and adults ranging from the Ramayana and Mahabharata to Shakespearen comedy to the Humayun-nama. The puppets used by the group range from 3 inches to forty feet. The shows have toured across Europe, Japan and South Asia. A major aspect of her work is using puppets for psycho social interventions in conflict areas like Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Manipur to Juvenile Remand homes. She has worked with youth and women across the country using puppets to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and gender issues. She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in Puppetry(2006). She has been a visiting faculty at the University of California Los Angeles.