Vikram Iyengar

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Vikram Iyengar is an arts leader, dancer-choreographer-director, curator, presenter, and arts researcher based in Calcutta, India, and working internationally. Co-founder and artistic director of Ranan Performance Collective, he also initiated and leads the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation – a hub for dance and movement practice and discourse. Trained in Kathak by Padma Shri Smt. Rani Karnaa, Vikram’s performance work is noted for the conscious bringing together of classical dance, movement, drama and design creating an experience of total theatre. Vikram’s international credits include Choreographer for Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger’s film, Shadows in Time and Co-Choreographer on Helena Waldmann’s Faust Prize-nominated piece, Made in Bangladesh. Vikram regularly contributes articles and papers to various publications and international seminars, conducts a variety of workshops, and works on arts research projects for institutions in India and abroad. Empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and various other national bodies, he is a recipient of the Government of India National Scholarship and National Junior Fellowship for Dance. He was co-editor of the India Theatre Forum's web theatre journal, e-Rang from 2009 to 2015. An ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellow, 2013-2014, Vikram is a Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) 2017, 2019, and 2020, and a member of Creative Tracks, an international platform connecting arts entrepreneurs. He was one of the four Asia Pacific delegates in the Australia Arts Council’s International Arts Leaders Programme, 2017-2018. In December 2015, he was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the field of contemporary dance by the national Sangeet Natak Akademi.