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Since 1st March, 1999
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Take a deep breath…

Because this girl’s list of ‘been there, done that’ will leave you gasping. At age 21, Antara has travelled India and abroad pursuing the arts, her first love.

Not on the side…

She stresses, but alongside a career in women’s rights does this second-year economics student at St Stephen’s College hope to continue with dramatics. Proved she’s up to it, with her first endeavour as impresario — at the helm of the Black Coffee theatre fest (look right for details).


Wonderland on stage…

Had her hooked, since she played Alice as a child. Having hopped from country to country — around Europe, UAE, India — she spent great times in Chennai’s Krishnamurty Foundation School where she was involved in street theatre.

At the Fringe…

She put her skills to use, as volunteer for the Toronto Fringe Festival last summer. But drama has been with Taki, as she is called (after Kurosawa’s Takemaru Samurai!). After she joined La Martiniere for Girls in Class VIII, the British Council one-act play fest saw her working with Mahesh Dattani and Victor Banerjee. While in Class XII, she wrote, directed and played the lead in 7 Barucha Lane, the LMG annual production. She is now part of the Shakespeare Society in college, acting in Amadeus and Who’s for Shakespeare so far.

A way with words…

Has this debater, who represented LMG at the Frank Antony All India Inter-School Debating Championship, winning awards galore at the city and zonal finals. ‘Santara’, as pals know her, has stormed a dozen debates across Delhi University as part of the Stephen’s Debating Society, even speaking at the Mukerjee Memorial lecture. This summer, she is headed for some international debating experience at The Asians in Malaysia. The member of the college English Literary Society has also won awards for writing both prose and poetry.

The amazing grace…

With which she carries herself comes from eight years training in classical ballet, which she passed with distinction at the Royal Academy of Dance, London, up to Grade VI. She’s been part of the Royal Academy of Dance performances in the past, too.

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