Ep.20 Preeta Mathur Thakur of ANK Studios talks about the influencers in her life
Preeta Mathur Thakur has been working on the Hindi Theatre Stage for the last 30 years. With about 4000 shows of more than 50 plays behind her, Preeta has a large and varied experience to draw from.
Preeta began her career in professional Theatre with The Indian People’s Theatre Association
(IPTA) under the influence of and inspiration from veterans like A K Hangal, M S Sathyu, Javed Siddiqui, Sudhir Pandey, Mushtaq Khan, Sulbha Arya, Ramesh Talwar, Kuldeep Singh and other seniors
After a few important plays with IPTA, Preeta moved on to Dinesh Thakur’s ANK, one of the the most prolific Theatre Groups of the country. Preeta saw great growth with Ank under the stewardship of Dinesh Thakur whom she regards as her Guru. Her oeuvre with Ank includes the big playwrights of our times like Mohan Rakesh, Vijay Tendulkar, Girish Karnad, Badal Sarkar, Neil Simon, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Oliver Goldsmith, Agatha Christie, Ranbir Sinh, Rabindranath Tagore, Mohan Katdare, Satish Alekar, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Asghar Wajahat etc. as well as a whole host of genres from comedy to tragedy.
Preeta has also worked in television beginning with Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj to M S Sathyu’s Kayar, Kundan Shah’s Manoranjan, DD’s popular Kashish etc, Telefilms for DD like Chauthi Ka Joda etc and hosting a programme on Zee with Tom Alter.
Preeta’s film work has mainly been interesting cameo’s with directors Shyam Benegal, Kundan Shah, Raj Kumar Santoshi, Prakash Mehra, Basu Bhattacharya, Amol Palekar
Preeta has also been essaying an important corporate role as a senior Finance and Procurement Executive with Cement major ACC Ltd. for almost 30 years
Preeta now heads Ank Theatre Group and in her most recent work on stage has been directed by Devendra Raj Ankur, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Ashok Mishra, Veena Bakshi, Amol Palekar and Brandon Hill. Apart from having Articles on theatre published and designing innovative narration of unusual stories online during lockdown times, Preeta has also been directing plays and conducting acting workshops and training for Ank. Preeta is now putting the finishing touches to a major play written by her which she will be directing for Ank.
Preeta is considered a respected game-changer in the theatre world, possessing unique knowledge and first-hand experience, being a revolutionary theatre personality and actress with over 30 years of experience in the Hindi theatre world.
Having now moved out of her Corporate role, Preeta is ready to experiment afresh with Film and digital platforms.
Listen to her amazing journey on this episode of Rangmanch with Bhawana Somaaya.
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