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Divya Bhatia is an experienced, versatile and independent professional - a conceptual artist, artistic director, consultant and creative producer in theatre and music.
He is Festival Director, Jodhpur RIFF - a unique international roots music festival set in a 600 year old fort. He has been Festival Director at Jodhpur RIFF since February 2008.
He is also...
... visiting Faculty, Central School of Speech and Drama - Applied Theatre Department (London, UK) and their International Collaboration Outreach partner and mentor for India (both, since April 2008);
... core Faculty at ArtThink South Asia (ATSA), an Arts Management Fellowship Program hosted by the Goethe Institut, New Delhi (since March 2010).
Divya has an extensive background as an artistic director/ producer for both city and venue based festivals– as Festival Director at the Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai (8 years); Theatre Program Head at the National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai (5 years); as Artistic and Festivals Director, Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Rajasthan (6 years); as Head of Theatre and Performance at the Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai (4 years), Mumbai International Festival (1.5 years), Celebrate Bandra, Mumbai (4 years).
He has also been invited to produce/ curate Indian theatre, music and documentary films abroad. Music: at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam (2008); at the Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, 2011); iTunes Festival (London, 2010); South Bank Centre (London, 2012); Celtic Connections (Glasgow, 2014). Theatre and Film: at LIFT (London, 2001); Theatre de Welt (Stuttgart, 2005); Bonn Binnale (Bonn, 2006).
Divya was the conceptual artist, artistic consultant and creative mentor on 'The Hidden Gardens' project, Glasgow, Scotland (and NVA project, 2001 - 2005). An actor and a musician, Divya has been regularly involved with devising contemporary performances with marginalised communities. He was the conceptual developer and Mumbai producer of an unusual collaboration with Snuff Puppets of Australia to create giant puppet parade-cum-performance with young people from Dharavi, in Mumbai (December 2012) as a part of Oz Fest. For the last five years, he has been facilitating theatre workshops with young people in Dharavi.
He conducted extensive theatre workshops with sex-workers and their children (Sangli, 2003-2005), culminating in a devised play that has performed in the main metro cities of India. He was a co-deviser/ facilitator for a site specific performance on Robben Island (Cape Town, South Africa 2002) with 80 southern African young adults from the Bantustans and shanty towns.
Divya is deeply passionate about music, film and theatre arts culture, both contemporary and traditional. He did his formal education in Mumbai, India/ South Wales, UK/ Ontario, Canada. He is a Reiki Master, plays percussion and enjoys travelling and outdoor mountain pursuits.