Vikram Iyengar is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India, and working internationally. He is a dancer-choreographer-director, curator-presenter, and arts researcher-writer. Co-founder and artistic director of Ranan Performance Collective, he also initiated and leads the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation – a hub for dance and movement practice and discourse. His scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique, ideation and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts. Read more
I believe that the arts are an inherent part of any society. They exist to open up imaginations about possible ways of being, living and seeing, and for creating a more empathetic, human, connected world. This is at the root of any work I undertake personally or with artists and arts organisations in India and abroad.
Alongside, I also consistently reinvent my own relationship to the Indian classical form I have trained in – kathak. Experiences with artists from the contemporary dance and performance worlds in India and Europe have fundamentally changed me as an artist and sharpened a socio-political awareness, again asking me to connect my world with the world at large.