JANUS CULTURAL SOCIETY
CENTRE FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Janus, Sanskrit for birth, origin and creation.
Janus, a realisation of a dream of Mahmud Alam and Sanchayita Bhattacharjee Alam.
Janus, a Centre for Visual and Performing Arts.
It’s aim, to encourage the practice of the arts.
Janus has been formed by theatre practitioners and visual artists, with a vision to bring together the fine arts and performing arts under one roof.
Janus, the White Cube and the Black Box, aims to work individually and symbiotically, with the vision of bridging the gap between the arts, in order to facilitate and encourage inter disciplinary work and showcasing new, contemporary and innovative work.
It has been established as a ‘ not for profit’ organisation having on it’s advisory board, nationally reputed personalities from both fields.
Mahmud Alam’s love affair with the written word started at the age of thirteen when he wrote his first Urdu poem.
After graduating from St Xavier’s College he joined his family business. A successful businessman, he has continued to pursue his passion for theatre.
He started his theatre journey in 1987 and went on to work with directors like Shyamanand Jalan, Fritz Bennewitz, Rodney Marriot, Dr. Govind Deshpande and W. Staniewski.
He has also directed plays which received popular and critical acclaim. The play ‘Safarnama’ was recently chosen to be performed at The 8th International Theatre Olympics. His latest directorial venture on the partition of Bengal Called “East Side Stories” is running to full houses and has also been performed successfully in US.
JANUS, a centre for visual and performing arts, is his brainchild and his gesture of wanting to give back to the arts and artists of the city.
Sanchayita Bhattacharjee Alam was born into a family of artists.
A first class holder in her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Relations she joined an English language theatre group in Kolkata and was highly acclaimed for the roles she portrayed.
She has continued to work in Hindi and English theatre with legendary directors like Satyadev Dubey, Fritz Bennewitz, Anmol Vellani, Rodney Marriot, Usha Ganguly, John Britton and W. Staniewski among others.
Professionally she has followed her other passion and is a qualified chef having passed out with a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in London. She has written a book ‘Travelling Flavours” about the cuisine of Middle East and Africa.
She has co founded JANUS with Mahmud Alam to continue her passion for theatre and to provide a platform for both visual and theatre artists of the city and beyond.