The Sanket Trust was founded in 1992 by a group of theatre lovers, many of whom had worked with Shankar and Arundhati Nag in the Sanket theatre group. The Trust formally administers Ranga Shankara and all its activities. It is a registered body and has theatre personalities as well as administrative experts on its Board of Trustees. The Trust is also advised and guided by friends of theatre from all over the country.
The Board of Trustees meets twice a year whereas our informal advisory group meets as and when necessary to review Ranga Shankara activities and share ideas.
Girish Karnad, Chairman:
One of India’s greatest playwrights whose plays are constantly performed in the country and abroad, Girish Karnad has won India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanapith Award, as well as several other state and central awards for his contributions to Indian theatre. He has been Chairman of the central Sangeet Natak Akademi (Academy for Performing Arts) and has been Director of the Nehru Centre in London. He has also directed and acted in several films in many Indian languages and was at the forefront of new wave cinema in Kannada and Hindi.
Arundhati Nag, Managing Trustee:
One of India’s most talented contemporary actors, she has over a thousand performances to her credit. She is one of the few multilingual actors in the country who has acted in Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada. Arundhati, who began her tryst with theatre more than three decades ago with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) Mumbai, also has a number of films to her credit.
S. Surendranath, Trustee:
A graduate of the National School of Drama (NSD), he has worked extensively on Indian mime. He is also trained in the GRIPS Theatre module of Germany, a movement that fosters theatre for children. He is an active member of the Sanket Theatre Group which continues to bring quality theatre to stages in Bangalore and elsewhere. Suri often co-directed plays with Shankar Nag for Sanket and remains Sanket’s primary director today.
S. Parmeshwarappa, Trustee:
A keen theatre enthusiast, he was the former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Karnataka. Having been in senior positions in state administration, his is able to guide the Sanket Trust on matters of administration and policy.
Vijay Padaki, Trustee:
Vijay has been active in the theatre for over 50 years, and has been a life member of Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT) since its inception in 1960. After several years in production activity as an actor, director, designer and manager, Vijay has shifted his interests to writing and training. He has written over 30 plays, produced widely in India and abroad. In addition, he has adapted and translated several Indian plays into English. Initiated into training by the Stella Adler Studio, he introduced the first systematic training programme for newcomers to the theatre in the late '70s, and was responsible for institutionalizing training activity in BLT. This has included the unique programme for training of trainers. He is currently assisting BLT in setting up a new Academy of Theatre Arts, with its mission of Theatre Education.
Vijay is a psychologist and behavioural scientist by professional training, and has vast experience in management consultancy, research and training in the areas of Organization and Institutional Development. Vijay bridges the realms of Management and Theatre in a lot of his work. His work in developing the field of Theatre-in-Management is recognized internationally. He is spearheading a new programme in management development for organizations in performing arts in India and developing countries.
M.S. Sathyu, Consultant:
This distinguished theatre director and designer who has contributed to theatre for over 40 years, began his career with the Hindustani Theatre in Delhi and is associated with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), Mumbai. He is also an award-winning film maker and has made films in several Indian languages. The backbone of the Ranga Shankara team during its construction, he continues to run capacity building and skill enhancement workshops for Ranga Shankara, inducting a new generation of theatre practitioners into the lighting and design fraternity.