Our first fully recorded KiSSiT session is with Dr Varsha Panjwani (Boston and York) and Koel Chatterjee (Royal Holloway), held on the 14th of April, on Indian Shakespeares on Screen: Identity, Politics, Entertainment, chaired by Timo Uotinen (Royal Holloway). Find out more about their succesful conference and project at indianshakespearesonscreen.com. The recordings are divided into four parts: interview about the project, Varsha’s talk on 10 ml Love (adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Koel on Arshinagar (a Romeo and Juliet adaptation), and an open discussion about all the above.
Varsha Panjwani lectures at Boston University (London) and is an honorary research associate at the CREMS, University of York. Before moving to London, she held a lectureship at the department of Theatre, Film, and Television from 2009-13.
Varsha’s research focuses on the way in which Shakespeare is deployed in the service of diversity films and theatre. As well as publishing widely in leading international journals such as Shakespeare Survey and in forthcoming collections such as Shakespeare and Indian Cinema and The Diverse Bard, she has won prestigious research grants from the Society of Theatre Research and Folger Shakespeare Library. Varsha is an academic consultant for a number of theatre and film companies and is a regular reviewer for specialised journals and blogs.
Koel Chatterjee is a doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focus is the adaptation of Shakespeare in the Hindi film industry after Indian independence. Originally from Kolkata, India, she is also mapping connections between Bengali adaptations of Shakespeare and Bollywood remediations of his plays. She is the Global Shakespeare Editor at the Shakespeare Standard and a freelance writer for Shakespeare Magazine.