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Pritham K Chakravarthy, Faculty at RFS

Ramanaidu Film School (RFS) has experienced and dedicated faculty. Pritham K Chakravarthy is one of the faculties at RFS. She is a playwright, performer, researcher, director, activist and film critic from Chennai. She completed graduation in Bachelor of Commerce from Madras Christian College, Tambaram. Presently, she is pursuing Master of Arts in Women Studies at Mother Theresa Women's Open University, Kodaikanal.

Pritham K Chakravarthy has tremendous experience in theatre. Her most recent performances comprise of Surya Mukam and her own solo piece aravanis Nirvanam. The script and performance by Pritham K Chakravarthy were developed after six months of extensive research and interviews with members of the Hijra community. This production traveled India and USA under an Edinburgh International Festival and Fulbright Fellowship.

Pritham K Chakravarthy appeared in Mirror at Pragirthi Foundation, a solo one woman, which was written by Venkatesh Chakravarthy. Presently, she is working on orientations, a theatre production by Border Crossings that launched in London in October 2003. Her research experience comprises:

  • A year as research associate, reproductive rights in early 20th century, director, doctor Sarah Hodges, Warwick University
  • Research associate, politics of temple entry, director, doctor Anupama Rao, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Research associate for 'Continuing Unity - Nation and State', Director Milton Israel and Dipankar Gupta, University of Toronto.

Pritham conducted surveys and interviews for the Media South Asia Project on responses to the satellite media in Tamil Nadu. She has tremendous experience in the field of teaching. She taught and conducted various courses and workshops in film and media at many schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu for more that 20 years

. Lately, Pritham translated Tamil Pulp Fiction, A Compilation of Stories. These stories are written by Tamil author and published Tamil Pulp Fiction by Blaft. The stories in 'Tamil Pulp Fiction' are written when it was not considered good for literature. Her other publications comprise:

  • Innum Ethanai Kaalam Thaan - a critical analysis on the development of Tamil cinema, co-authored with Venkatesh Chakravarthy for Nakeeran
  • Ippadiyaga - a critical article on the fame of Rajnikanth, the Tamil super star, in India Today
  • Phe-nominal Women - a critical essay on the image of female sexuality in Tamil cinema, Deep Focus, Bangalore

She has been associated with film and television industry for over two decades. She worked as a film and television critic for Salana, a journal of Chennai Film Society. She also co-authored a Tamil book, Akira Kurosawa, Chennai Book House, Chennai. Pritham has translated some of the short stories written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Satyajit Ray and other prominent authors for many literary Tamil magazines, for instance, Kalkudhirai and Subamangala. Pritham is widely regarded as an expert film, television and documentary scriptwriter.


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