Culture Monks is a collective comprised of individuals from different walks of life.
Core Performance Group
The core performance group team of Culture Monks are as follows :
Pradip Chattopadhyay is musician, performer & a sound artist. He has been the founding member of Ḿohiner Ghoraguli´ which has been an iconic rock band in Bengal. An civil engineer by training, he has traveled the world to perform and work. He is a prolific performer and is passionate about his experiments & research in sound and performance.
Janardan Ghosh is an actor & theatre director, storyteller and a playwright from Kolkata, who has been experimenting with both forms and themes in his performances. Indeed much of the past work has explored the themes of spirituality, myth, gender, sexuality and society. he is currently completing his doctorate in ´Performance and Shri Ramakrishna from the Ramakrishna Mission University. Janardan Ghosh has trained and worked with several international and national theatre and film directors and is a critically acclaimed theatre practitioner in contemporary Bengal.
A spoken word performer, independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant by profession, Mr Parnab Mukherjee is one of the leading alternative theatre directors of the Indian sub-continent.
A performance text writer and charismatic performer, he has diverse experience in non-proscenium, verbatim, site-specific and physical theatre.
Parnab is multilingual & a prolific traveler. He is a subject matter expert on North East India studies at Colombia University, USA. He works on several United Nations projects as a performer dealing with human rights.
Francesca Fini is a new media artist and a film maker who lives in Rome, Italy . She is one of the leading performance artists in Europe. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of aesthetics through experimentation with media, forms and structures of expressibility. She is the co – founder of the first ever live facebook channel for screening performance art content called Ṕerformance Art TV´.
In her own words , “My journey through life takes me to strange places, within and without of me; and everywhere, the strangeness melts into sweet familiarity! I am a Light-seeker.”
Sudipta Dawn is a curator, performance designer, and a performance writer. He also looks after the organization of Culture Monks, its public relations and communication. Sudipta is a commerce graduate from St. Xavierś College, Kolkata, has been a sports coach, held corporate jobs in various capacities & is involved in the climate change movement.
Sourabh Datta Gupta
Avik Guha Thakurta