The vision and direction to the Kendra’s Repertory is provided by its Director, Shobha Deepak Singh who has conceptualized, designed, directed and produced more than thirty dance dramas for the Kendra. Since childhood, she got initiated in the Kendra’s production work and grew up amongst the artists, sets, costumes, jewelleries and the exciting creative impulses of the stage, green room and rehearsal halls.
Having trained in Kathak under the tutelage of Birju Maharaj and in classical music under Amjad Ali Khan and Biswajeet RoyChowdhary, and armed with a degree in Bachelor of Performing Arts, Shobha later became a disciple of the doyen of Indian Theatre Mr. Ebrahim Alkazi. Between 1992-96, she was trained in direction and production of plays, light designing, set designing, acting and script writing at Alakazi’s ‘Living Theatre’ who played a huge role in honing her directorial capability. It was this training in theatre production and stagecraft which made it possible for her to come up with an array of outstanding productions.
She has successfully directed the annual productions of ‘Shri Ram’ and ‘Shri Krishna’ the two flagship productions of the Kendra, for over three decades.
Some of her other notable directorial works are: Konark (1978), Khajuraho (1980), Karna (1984), Parikrama (1994) and Meera (1995) Dance of Shiva (2003), Shree Durga (2007), Kamayani (2011) and Kumar Sambhava (2012).
Shobha Deepak Singh has also nurtured and guided a number of young choreographers and artists in the field of contemporary dance drama in India.
In 1999, she was awarded the high honour of ‘Padma Shri’ by the President of India for her creative contributions.