Mr. Parnab Mukherjee
is one of the leading alternative theatre directors of the country. An independent media analyst by profession, amongst his five published works there are two volumes of poetry-as-a-theatre performance namely Confessions of Ruttie Jinnah and other works and Uncommunist Manifesto and other Despatches(both published by Sampark) and These Trafficked texts (a long poetry-in-theatre performance on the issue of human trafficking as advocacy training material for workshops by Unifem and Unodc).
Currently, a consultant with two publishing journals, he is an acclaimed expert on Badal Sircar’s theatre and specialises in theatre-for-conflict-resolution .
As a translator, he has published a series of transcreations of Bangla poets writing in Bengal, Tripura, Silchar, Chittagong, Lumding, Dhaka, Shillong, Asansol and Jalpaiguri; Assamese poets, works of Raja Dhale from Marathi; Lal Singh Dil from Punjabi and Manipuri poets including Hijam Irabot and Memchoubi. His transcreation of Tagore’s Raktakarabi (published by Mansi Publications-Kolkata) and Africa (published by Five Issues) has been critically succesful poetry-in-theatre performance productions.
Mr. Mukherjee has directed more than 60 productions all over the country including four international collaborations.
He is the artistic director of Best of Kolkata Campus – a collective of campus theatre activists working on non-proscenium spaces since 1992.His current play About Caliban explores the poetic idiom of a number of Jaffna poets including some poetic lines of the brilliant playwright Shanmugalingam.