Dr. Mahesh Champaklal
Designation- Tagore Fellow
Email- mchampaklal51@gmail.com
Duration of Fellowship June 2022 to June 2024
Research Project "Revisiting The Mahabharata: The Textual and Performance analysis of Bhasa's plays and Tagore's dramatic poems based on the Mahabharata."
About: Dr. Mahesh Champaklal, Retd. Professor Emeritus and former Head, Deptt. Of Dramatics and also Ex-Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Was associated with the Professional Gujarati Theatre in Mumbai from 1973 to 1981. Actively contributed and participated in Experimental Theatre of Gujarat as writer, actor and director from 1982 onwards. Conferred upon Gaurav Puraskar by Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Akademi, and felicitated with Best Translation Award by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, Gandhinagar for the Gujarati Translation of Girish Karnard’s ‘The Fire and the Rain’. Researched, authored and published four books in Gujarati on Bharata’s Natyashastra and three books in Gujarati on theatre criticism which were acknowledged and awarded by Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and Gujarati Sahitya Akademi. Honored with fellowship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study-IIAS, Shimla in 2014 and also with the Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India in 2019. Presently working as a Tagore Fellow at IIAS Shimla.