Meet with : Atul Satya Koushik, Delhi-based artiste
Updated on: 01 Jul 2016
Sometimes the laurels achieved through your passion for art eclipse your professional excellence. The same is true of Delhi-based Atul Satya Koushik (30), a qualified chartered accountant and legal luminary who is also an enterprising theatre artiste of North India.
Practicing theatre at school or college level, he desired to make it his calling but failed to enroll himself at the National School of Drama. He had no regrets though, as he knew of his dormant potential. Credited with many theatrical spectacles, Atul is all set to promote professional theatre through his established drama ensemble Film and Theatre Society, New Delhi. In Chandigarh on the invitation of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi for staging his play Saudagar, he shares excerpts from his journey so far.
You claim to re-energise theatre movement in North India, how?
Every theatre practitioner must realise that it in view of the competition from TV and films, it has now become increasingly obvious that theatre has to be vibrant and innovative – in content, style, technical virtuosity, and also be close to social realities. My plays like Chakarvyuh, Draupadi and the forthcoming Ravan ki Ramayan exude mysticism. Saudagar, which is based on Merchant of Venice is a tribute to the literary genius of William Shakespeare. Besides Wo Lahore depicts the sordid realities of forced Partition.
What is the selection criterion of taking plays to places in India and abroad?