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Alka Sharma

Director, Mandi Theatre Group

Alka Sharma is the founder of MANDI THEATRE group with a keen passion for performing arts. She has led Mandi Theatre and its artists to revive India’s traditional street theatre to give it a distinct identity in Chicago. Since its inception four years ago, Mandi Theatre has staged over 40 plays reimagining and representing the works of famous authors of the Indian sub-continent including Prem Chand, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Saadat Hasan Manto, Bheeshm Sahani, Alice Gerstenberg and Sir O. Henry among others.

In 2017, Mandi Theatre pioneered a revival of the lost art of Urdu story telling – DASTANGOI, which originated in pre-Islamic Arabia in the 13th Century. Alka and her fellow actors have staged their performances of DASTANGOI in several theatre festivals across the United States.

Alka has also been associated with All India Radio - the national public radio broadcaster of India. She founded Radio Hindi at a very young age to bring the best of Indian radio shows to Indians living abroad. APNI BHASHA KABHI BHI, KAHIN BHI – our mother tongue anytime, anywhere – has been rising in popularity amongst Indians living across the United States.

An actor, dancer, playwright, poet, painter and a writer, Alka has dedicated herself to preserving and nurturing the Indian art and culture in the United States.