The following information was provided by Wellesley College.
Lexington resident Sohini Pillai, a senior Theatre Studies and South Asia Studies major at Wellesley College, was awarded a full Fulbright Scholar grant to India where she will conduct research on how the performing arts in India, specifically, different theatrical versions of the ancient epic poem The Ramayana, can promote positive messages of pluralism and harmony.
The performances she plans to research range from the traditional Ramlila theatre in Old Delhi to an innovative Bharatanatyam dance-drama, and a rock-musical combining Indian folk dance and theatre forms with salsa, ballet, jazz, and Shakespeare. Sohini will conduct this research under the mentorship of Professor Bishnupriya Dutt at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
The Fulbright Program, which was established in 1945 by a congressional bill introduced by Arkansas Senator William J. Fulbright, was designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Today, it operates in over 155 countries worldwide. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is widely recognized as the most prestigious international exchange program in the world.
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