Prof. Gargi Bharadwaj

Assistant Professor & Assistant Director, Office of Student Life and Cultural Engagement

B.A. (Hons.) (University of Delhi);
PG Diploma in Dramatic Arts (National School of Drama, New Delhi);
Masters in International Performance Research (Erasmus Mundus scholar at University of Amsterdam, NL and University of Warwick, UK);
Ph.D. candidate (University of Hyderabad)

Prof. Gargi is a theatre practitioner and performance studies scholar. She is an economics graduate from Delhi University and alumnus of National School of Drama, Delhi with a specialization in theatre techniques and design (2007). She has trained in acting at the Shri Ram Centre for Arts and Culture (2001-3) and has directed several theatre productions and curated five international theatre festivals. She holds the Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research from University of Amsterdam and University of Warwick in 2010.  Her ongoing doctoral research from Central University of Hyderabad is on creating a historical narrative of national cultural policy with respect to performing arts in India focussing particularly on the functioning of Sangeet Natak Academy in its formative years through ideas of cultural governance and democracy. Other areas of interest are genealogies of contemporary theatre, performance curation, representation and self-articulations of women in public culture. She has presented research papers at conferences in University of Lisbon, University of Warwick, University of Cape Town and University of Hyderabad. In 2017-18 she was a part of the collaborative research project “Translation and Performance: Encountering Otherness” led by theatre scholars and practitioners from University of Cape Town, Ambedkar University Delhi, and Shiv Nadar University. She has taught courses on theatre practice at Ashoka University, Sonepat; history/historiography of theatre and performance practice based research methodology at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University.  

  1.  Mahanta, Upasana and Gargi Bharadwaj (2019). “Does Feminist Historiography Have An Emancipatory Potential?” EPW (Engage), 54 (31), Delhi. 
  1. Bharadwaj, Gargi (2019, March). “Politics of Location: AView ofTheatrical Contemporaneity in India”. Staging Change: Theatre In India, 70 (3), 64-75.

  1. Bharadwaj, Gargi (2018). “Theatrical Explorations of Contemporaneity: Quality Street / Shikhandi / Dumb Wait-err” Projects / Processes Volume V: Research and Writing from SAF 2017, 8-45, Serendipity Arts, Delhi.  
  2. Bharadwaj G., van Heugten L. (2017) Co-curating the Curriculum: On the Politics of International Performance Pedagogy. In: Bala S., Gluhovic M., Korsberg H., Röttger K. (eds) International Performance Research Pedagogies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham