Rustom Bharucha

  • MAP Role: International Advisory Board
  • Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru Univrsity
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Location: New Delhi, India

RUSTOM BHARUCHA recently retired as Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  He is the author of several books including Theatre and the World, The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin, and Terror and Performance.  The last publication was researched while he was a Fellow at the International Research Center/Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, Germany, between 2010-2012.  Very recently, he has completed a new book titled Performing the Ramayana Tradition: Enactments, Interpretations, and Arguments, co-edited with Paula Richman, to be published by Oxford University Press, New York.


A leading interlocutor in the area of intercultural performance, both at theoretical and practical levels, he has also attempted to redefine the relationship between culture and development through a number of workshops with marginalized communities in India, the Philippines, Brazil,  and South Africa on issues relating to land and memory, the politics of touch, re-enactments of history, and social transformation.


A former advisor of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in the Netherlands, he has served as a consultant for the Arts Council in Ireland on cultural diversity in the arts, as well as for Ford Foundation on its interdisciplinary and multicultural Artography project in the United States. He has also worked as the Project Director of Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan devoted to the study of traditional knowledge systems and as the Festival Director of the Ramayana Festival at the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Research in Pondicherry, India. Currently, he is working as a dramaturge for an inter-Asian production of a new play based on the Mahabharata to be staged in Singapore at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, in 2022.