Congratulations, Vijay

I was honored this week to be asked to introduce dramatist and lifelong theatre practitioner Vijay Padaki when he was honored by a group of his former business students from the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore. They organized the event to recognize his recent Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by ASSITEJ, a global network of children’s theatre practitioners, at their annual Congress which was held this year in Havana, Cuba.

Transcript of my spoken remarks:

A wise person once wrote, “A man often finds his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” Put differently, life is full of surprises and unexplored paths inviting you in new directions.

Vijay Padaki

In 1979 while I was a 12-year-old growing up in southwestern Virginia, Vijay Padaki was teaching Organizational Behavior at IIM-B.  Who would have thought that Vijay, in addition to his background in management and psychology, was also actively involved in running, and in continually growing, the Bangalore Little Theatre, which has now been going strong for more than 60 years. It is Bangalore’s oldest nonprofit theatre.

I have never met a wiser, more astute, more dedicated theatre artist than Vijay Padaki. Mine and Vijay’s paths first crossed in 2012 thanks to the power of the worldwide web, when he reached out to me about my play Tesla’s Letters.

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Sultans and Soldiers

Thrilled to see our ad in The Triangle, Drexel University’s independent student-run newspaper, promoting the Sultans & Soldiers short playwriting contest.

It’s open to all current Drexel undergrads. Deadline February 15th.

Visit thetriangle.org for full details.

Sultans and Soldiers Has Launched

Woohoo! The playwriting contest, open to all Drexel University undergrads, is underway, in collaboration with playwright and professor Vijay Padaki and the Bangalore Little Theatre. Full scoop including a snapshot of the amazing history of India’s connection to the US Revolutionary War here.

This project, a Westphal IDEA Mini-Grant recipient, was made possible due in part to the generous support of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Dean’s Office of I.D.E.A., and the Westphal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.