I am currently a MPhil candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. I have completed a MA degree in Performance Studies from the School of Culture and Creative Expression, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
I am interested in 20th century Goan history, public spheres, nationalism, and debates around caste and language in Goa. My masters dissertation was on Tiatr – a popular theatre genre among lower caste and working class Goan Catholic communities. It was an attempt to understand how marginalised communities engage with popular culture for dissemination of counterdiscourses and organise themselves into counterpublics to facilitate subject-formations and political actions that challenge the dominant rhetoric of Indian nationalism.
currently write wrote a column for The Goan Everyday – a Goa based English newspaper. I am a member of the Al-Zulaij Collective, a research collective of individuals working on and from Goa. I manage e-Rang, a fortnightly newsletter on theatre published online by India Theatre Forum.
I have been awarded the DD Kosambi Research Fellowship in the ‘Junior Research Fellowship’ category for the period 2016-2018 by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa. Under this, I will be undertaking archival research to study the genealogies of Maratha and Marathi identity among Hindu communities in 20th century Portuguese Goa.
I occasionally write poems in Marathi and some of them can be read here. This blog is meant to be an archive of my writings, academic or otherwise.