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Ashwath Bhatt


Ashwath Bhatt, after completing his graduation from National School of Drama, New Delhi, did his postgraduate degree in Classical Acting and Acting Instruction from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), London. He was the first recipient of the prestigious Inlaks Foundation Scholarship for Acting. He is Visiting Faculty to various prestigious institutions in India & abroad like NSD, FTII, TUT-Hannover, ISH- Vienna, BNA, among several others. He has worked with reputed theatre companies like Oxfordshire theatre Company- Oxford, GYLPT- Greenwich, London, Flying Fish Theatre Company- Berlin etc. He has done plays for BBC worldwide and has been part of a collaboration with National Theatre, Mannheim/Germany. He has acted under the direction of various Indian and foreign theatre luminaries and conducted workshops on various aspects of acting in England, Germany, France, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan and India. He is on the selection panel of LAMDA in India as well as of the Inlaks Theatre Awards, his brainchild. He also established Inlaks-LAMDA scholarship for Indian students. Apart from instruction, he regularly performs his one man show Ek Mulaqat Manto Se (A rendezvous with Manto), based on the life and times of Sadat Hasan Manto. He has performed at various festivals around the globe. Ashwath is widely known for his work on the ‘Red Nose Clowning’ theatre form in India. In 2007, he established a non-profit trust – Theatre Garage Project. The philosophy behind his work is: “finding something in nothing.” He is currently building a work space – Humour Factory Studio – which will work towards spreading the ‘art of clowning’. He recently directed Andha Yug and Comrade based on the German film Time of Innocence with BNA, Lucknow to much acclaim. He has also worked with celebrated film makers like Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Vishal Bhardwaj (Haider), Kabir Khan (Phantom), Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Rahul Dholakia (Lamhaa), Ajita Suchitraveera (Ballad of Rustom), Ashiq Abu (Gangster) etc. His recent releases were Tigers with Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic and the British film Feast of Varanasi.